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Nolan Returns To Shark Tank

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

GAME: Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-4-1) at San Jose Sharks (3-6-6-2).

TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.

When the Sharks dealt Owen Nolan to the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, it was the end of an era in San Jose.

The Sharks' franchise leader in goals, assists and points makes his return to San Jose when the Leafs play at the HP Pavilion for the first time in more than five years.

San Jose sent Nolan to Toronto on March 5 for Alyn McCauley, highly regarded prospect Brad Boyes and a first-round draft pick.

The deal was made to help San Jose rebuild after many successful seasons with Nolan as the team captain. The Sharks improved their points total in all seven seasons that Nolan was there, but underachieved last season, prompting the trade.

McCauley has a team high-tying six goals this season for San Jose, while Nolan has three goals and seven assists for the Leafs.

Nolan will be trying to help keep his former team as the only NHL club without a win at home this season. Toronto is visiting San Jose for the first time since March 9, 1998, with all six meetings since coming in Toronto.

The Sharks fell to 0-3-3-1 at home on Thursday, wasting a comeback in losing 4-3 in overtime to the St. Louis Blues.

Marco Sturm scored two of San Jose's three goals in a 45-second span during the third period to tie the game at 3-3, but St. Louis scored on a breakaway with 14.8 seconds left in overtime to hand the Sharks another home defeat.

Despite the loss, Sturm liked the fact the Sharks didn't quit.

"It's a good point for us," Sturm said. "We came back from three goals down. We had the momentum going. We should have won the game, but we'll take the point."

Toronto is winless through the first two games of its season-high, six-game road trip after skating to a 4-4 tie with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

The Leafs, who lost 5-1 to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the first game of the trip, scored twice on the power play during a three-goal third period to rally for the tie Thursday.

Nolan tied it with 3:31 left in the third.

"It was a gutty effort by our team to come back from three goals down in the third," Nolan said. "We talked about what it would take to get back into the game. We wanted to get the puck on the net, create some chances and get some rebounds."

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