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Goalies Cheering On Goalies

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

The Sharks recalled goaltender Dimitri Patzold from the Cleveland Barons on Thursday and flew the 22-year-old netminding prospect to Los Angeles to meet the team.  Patzold was called up as Vesa Toskala tweaked his groin in Wednesday's game with Dallas.  Toskala is listed as day-to-day.

In three games with Cleveland this season, Patzold has posted a 1-2-0 record with a 4.67 goals-against average.

The six-foot, 195-pound goaltender from Kamengorsk, Kazakhstan was originally selected by San Jose in the fourth round (107th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

In related news, the Sharks placed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on Injured Reserve retroactive to October 21.  He is eligible to return to action on October 29 when the Sharks host the Calgary Flames at HP Pavilion (on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and


Nabokov's status is still day-to-day with upper body soreness he suffered in Columbus during the road trip.


The injury did allow Nabokov to cheer on Nolan Schaefer for his first career victory.


"It is hard to explain in words how you feel after your first win," said Nabokov.  "It is such a great feeling to get the first win and know you can do it.  He is a great kid and he has great potential."


San Jose has back to back games Friday and Saturday, so it is not inconceivable that Patzold could also see some action if Vesa Toskala doesn't return from his sore groin.


"Now Dimitri will be waiting," said Nabokov.


Still Nabokov would rather be at the games instead of watching on television


"I hate to watch it on TV," said Nabokov.  "I'm so used to being part of it, I can't watch consistently. It is weird.  I'll watch two to three minutes, go to my computer, and then I'll hear something and run back." 

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