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Philadelphia
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44-27-11
San Jose
Sharks
53-18-11
OT
17 SOG
45 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
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SJS
game recap

Sharks 5, Flyers 4, OT

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:24 AM

Associated Press

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Sharks 5, Flyers 4, OT
Philadelphia Flyers 4, San Jose Sharks 5

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -After just six games with the Sharks, Dan Boyle is learning about the silver lining to his teal jersey.

Scoring slumps have a way of disappearing whenever Joe Thornton is passing the puck to you.

Boyle scored on a sublime setup pass from Thornton 85 seconds into overtime, and San Jose rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 5-4 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night, keeping the Flyers winless.

Boyle had a goal and two assists in his most productive game since joining the Sharks in a summer trade with Tampa Bay. The veteran defenseman acknowledged being a bit tight during his first few weeks in San Jose, but his first goal for the Sharks was among the simplest of his career.

"I knew who I was out there with," Boyle said. "It's 4-on-4 (in overtime), and there was a lot of room. Joe made a great play, and it was an open net. It was pretty easy. You've got to get open when he's got the puck."

Thornton, the former NHL scoring champion, collected the puck and avoided two defenders before putting it on the tape of Boyle, who hit an open net.

"As long as I'm getting chances, I'm happy, and I've been getting a lot of chances," said Boyle, who has five points in six games. "But it's nice when it goes in there, because that starts to kind of get to you after a while. I'm just glad I could chip in there and help out."

Devin Setoguchi tied it with 4:44 left in regulation for the Sharks, whose four-game winning streak to start the season ended in Anaheim on Friday night. San Jose struggled against goalie Antero Niittymaki despite a 44-17 shot advantage, but Jonathan Cheechoo's alert tip-in goal late in the second period started the Sharks' comeback from a 3-1 deficit.

"It was a pretty resilient effort on our behalf, and I think our players can take something from that," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "They have the ability to come back, but we don't want to be in that spot very often."

Evgeni Nabokov made just 13 saves for San Jose, and Christian Ehrhoff and Cheechoo each had a goal and an assist.

Joe Pavelski scored a tying goal early in the third period for the Sharks, who played without high-scoring forward Milan Michalek and defenseman Doug Murray. Both missed their first games of the season with undisclosed injuries.

Danny Briere scored two goals for the Flyers, who after reaching the Eastern Conference finals last season are winless through five games for the first time since 1999. The latest setback came even though they held a lead most of the night.

Philadelphia hasn't beaten the Sharks in eight tries over the last nine years, and the Flyers hurt their chances at the Shark Tank with 12 penalties.

"It's not the start we envisioned," said Niittymaki, who made 39 saves. "It is what it is right now. We just have to paddle through it and find a way to win. At least we played better this game."

Jeff Carter scored a short-handed goal for the Flyers, who broke down defensively at the most inopportune times - a recurring theme in their miserable start. Braydon Coburn also scored for Philadelphia, which held a players-only meeting after coach John Stevens made several alterations to his top three lines following Thursday's loss at Colorado.

"I think we did a lot of things better tonight," captain Mike Richards said. "We forechecked better. We were a tougher team to play against. We turned the puck over a bit too much and we didn't get very many shots."

Briere got his first goal of the season in the first period before adding a breakaway score with 8:49 left in regulation, and it's likely no coincidence his scoring drought ended in his first game back at center on a line with Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble, his linemates early last season.

The former 95-point scorer began this season at right wing alongside Gagne and centered by Richards.

Notes: The clubs meet again in Philadelphia on Tuesday, when San Jose begins a three-game road trip. ... The Flyers moved up the start time of next Saturday's game against New Jersey from 7 p.m. to 4 p.m. to avoid conflict with the Phillies' World Series game across the street. ... Cheechoo had a golden chance on a 2-on-1 with 2:50 left, but Niittymaki did the splits while making a breathtaking glove save.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:51
PHI
Daniel Briere (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Mike Knuble (2), Kimmo Timonen (3)
1 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
00:31
PHI
Braydon Coburn (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Jeff Carter (1), Kimmo Timonen (4)
2 - 0 PHI
01:54
SJS
Christian Ehrhoff (2) Slapshot - ASST: Ryane Clowe (2), Michael Grier (2)
2 - 1 PHI
06:48
PHI
SHG - Jeff Carter (3) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 PHI
18:20
SJS
PPG - Jonathan Cheechoo (4) Tip-in - ASST: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (3), Dan Boyle (3)
3 - 2 PHI
3rd Period
05:43
SJS
Joe Pavelski (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jonathan Cheechoo (2), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (4)
3 - 3 Tie
11:11
PHI
Daniel Briere (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Knuble (3), Simon Gagne (1)
4 - 3 PHI
15:16
SJS
Devin Setoguchi (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeremy Roenick (1), Dan Boyle (4)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
01:25
SJS
Dan Boyle (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Thornton (5), Christian Ehrhoff (3)
5 - 4 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
09:40
SJS
Rob Blake  Roughing against  Steve Downie
09:40
PHI
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Rob Blake
15:16
SJS
Jody Shelley  Fighting (maj) against  Riley Cote
15:16
PHI
Riley Cote  Fighting (maj) against  Jody Shelley
17:44
PHI
Mike Richards  Roughing against  Michael Grier
17:44
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Dan Boyle
17:44
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Holding the stick against  Michael Grier
17:44
SJS
Dan Boyle  Roughing against  Mike Richards
17:44
SJS
Michael Grier  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
20:00
SJS
Marcel Goc  Roughing against  Scottie Upshall
20:00
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Roughing against  Marcel Goc
2nd Period
03:07
PHI
Steve Eminger  Interference against  Joe Thornton
03:07
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Hooking against  Jonathan Cheechoo
06:27
PHI
Luca Sbisa  Hooking against  Jody Shelley
09:54
PHI
Steve Downie  Too many men/ice - bench
14:29
SJS
Dan Boyle  Tripping against  Daniel Briere
16:59
PHI
Steve Downie  Slashing against  Ryane Clowe
18:43
SJS
Rob Blake  Interference against  Mike Richards
3rd Period
06:14
PHI
Daniel Briere  Holding against  Jeremy Roenick
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 45TOI: 61:25
Saves: 40EV: 26 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 17TOI: 61:24
Saves: 13EV: 13 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .765SH: 0 - 1