NHL: San Jose 6, Columbus 0

Feb. 1, 2012 at 1:50 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton had two goals and an assist and Antti Niemi had 30 saves in his fourth shutout of the season Tuesday to help the San Jose Sharks beat Columbus 6-0.

Joe Pavelski, Jamie McGinn and Michal Handzus all had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Marleau scored a goal for the Sharks, who outshot the Blue Jackets 43-30 and won their second consecutive game following a three-game losing streak.

Steve Mason made 37 saves for Columbus, which has lost five in a row and is in last place in the overall NHL standings with 32 points.

The two teams were penalized a total of 19 times in the game.

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