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San Jose 5, Pittsburgh 2

Dec. 12, 2002 at 11:46 PM   |   Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Mike Ricci, Owen Nolan and Patrick Marleau all scored in the final four minutes Thursday night as the San Jose Sharks pulled away for a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After Mario Lemieux put on a show for Pittsburgh, the Sharks scored the final four goals, dominating the closing moments before improving to 3-1-0 since coach Darryl Sutter was fired. They are 2-1-0 under Ron Wilson.

With the Penguins trying to snap a five-game losing streak, Ricci broke a 2-2 tie with four minutes left, tipping defenseman Bryan Marchment's shot past goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin for his eighth goal.

Owen Nolan added his eighth just 54 seconds later and Marleau capped the three-goal burst with 88 seconds remaining.

Lemieux scored a pair of power-play goals to stake Pittsburgh to a 2-1 lead in the second period. He increased his league-leading point total to 53.

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