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Clowe Nets Two In Win

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
For the second consecutive game, a strong swimmer in the Sharks system scored two goals.  On Sunday night, Christian Ehrhoff tallied two goals against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to lead the Sharks to a victory.  On Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Ryane Clowe's two-goal performance carried the Sharks to a 5-3 victory over the Kings, propelling Team Teal to a perfect 5-0-0 record in the preseason. 


A methodical first period saw very few good scoring chances for either team.  Feeling each other out, both teams enjoyed two power plays in the stanza but couldn't convert.  Evgeni Nabokov stopped all six Kings shots in the first, while Jason LaBarbera denied the all of the Sharks 11 attempts.


On their third power play attempt of the game, Los Angeles converted on a goal from defenseman Aaron Miller.  Receiving a pass from Mattias Norstom at the right point, he beat Nabokov with a slap shot high on his glove side.  Michael Cammalleri also assisted on the tally.


The Sharks would use a power play of their own to tie the game.  A great individual effort by Wayne Primeau got the puck deep in the offensive zone.  After shots by Jonathan Cheechoo and Scott Thornton, Tom Preissing picked up the rebound and shelved it for his first goal of the preseason.


Just 35-seconds later, Ryane Clowe muscled a rebound past LaBarbera to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead.  Preissing, still on the ice, and Nils Ekman received assists on the tally.


The Sharks would push the lead to 3-1 as Clowe registered his second goal of the game.  Marcel Goc rushed the puck into the attack zone and dumped it off to Clowe who ripped a shot off LaBarbera.  A mad scramble ensued as the puck fluttered in the air.  Rolling down the back of the Kings goaltender, the puck found its way into the back of the net.


The Kings sliced the Sharks lead to one goal as Pavol Demitra roofed a goal from the slot.  Alexander Frolov started the odd play as he missed an open net.  Eric Belanger picked the puck up behind the net and fed Demitra for the mark sending the game the second intermission at 3-2.


A little over three minutes into the third period, Niko Dimitrakos exerted extra effort that paid off on the scoreboard.  Knocked to the ice while carrying the puck into the offensive zone, he regained possession while getting back to his feet.  After a pretty toe drag, he sent a pass to defenseman Josh Gorges who one-timed a slap shot that beat LaBarbera, who was screened by Mark Smith.


The Kings began their comeback bid with just under six minutes left in the game.  Luc Robataille cycled behind the net and found Dustin Brown at the edge of the left circle.  Brown one-timed the pass over Nabokov's blocker for the goal.  The tally cut the Sharks lead to 4-3.


With three minutes left, the Kings pushed things offensively, but Steve Bernier did his best impression of a brick wall.  He blocked two consecutive shots and cleared the zone to stabilize the game.


The defensive prowess turned the momentum back to the Sharks.  With LaBarbera pulled, Ekman quickly converted an empty-net goal to give the Sharks a 5-3 victory.  The Sharks out-shot the Kings 31-21.




The mandatory post-game shootout (only mandatory in preseason games), the Sharks and Kings held an epic duel.  It took 11 shooters from each team to decide.  In the end, the Kings edged the Sharks 5-4.

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