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Marleau Notches 500th Point, Sharks Dominate 6-0

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Fresh off their shootout victory over the Dallas Stars, the Sharks traveled to Arizona to take on the Coyotes for the third time in six days.

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San Jose had manhandled Phoenix in their previous two meetings, outscoring the Coyotes 9-1 and tonight would be no different as the Sharks defeated Phoenix 6-0 on goals by Jeremy Roenick, Patrick Rissmiller, Joe Pavelski (2),  Devin Setoguchi and Steve Bernier.

But of all the goals that were scored tonight, it was an assist that earned the most attention. Captain Patrick Marleau, who garnered three assists on the evening, earned his 500th career point with his assist on Patrick Rissmiller's first preiod tally.

"I wasn't too aware of it, but It’s nice to get those things," said Marleau following the game. "It definitely makes it better getting those two points and spreading some room out in the standings."

Evgeni Nabokov earned the shutout in net, making 15 saves in his 27th straight start. The shutout was Nabokov's second against the Coyotes in four days.

The victory puts the Sharks on a four-game winning streak and caps a milestone event for Marleau. True to form, the two-time All-Star was more concerned with the victory than his point total.

"It’s nice to put three or four in a row and we’re building something here," he said. "We’ve got to keep going in the right direction and we’re finally getting some results."

San Jose Sharks' Torrey Mitchell, center, celebrates with Jeremy Roenick, left, after Roenick's unassisted goal in the first period on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
In the intial period, Roenick drew first blood for San Jose when scored against his old club at 4:21. His 501st goal came after the award-winning American stole the puck in the neutral zone and drove to the net unchallenged from the left side. As his center, Torrey Mitchell crashed the net, Roenick took a quick snapshot that hit the top corner of the goal to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

The disgruntled Phoenix fans jeered as Roenick's goal was announced in the arena.

San Jose added their second even-strength goal of the period when Rissmiller scored his first goal of the season at 11:23. Marleau earned an assist on the play and set a new milestone with the 500th point of his career. The play started when the captain controlled the puck down low before feeding it to Rissmiller for the slapshot. With Steve Bernier perfectly placed infront of Phoenix goalie Alexander Auld, the shot went right past the netminder to give the Sharks a 2-0 cushion. 

The Phoenix play became more physical towards the end of the period when Devin Setoguchi was hip-checked into the Coyotes bench by Keith Ballard. The Sharks rookie, who ranks second in the NHL among rookie scorers, smirked as he got back onto the ice.

Although the hit fired up the crowd, the Coyotes offense couldn't respond and the period ended with the Sharks up 2-0.

San Jose earned their first power play of the game when Fredrik Sjostrom was called for slashing at 6:24 of the second period. With one second left in the man advantage, Joe Pavelski used great footwork behind the Phoenix net to get San Jose it's third goal of the game at 8:23. That was all Phoenix Head Coach Wayne Gretzky could stand, as he pulled Alexander and put in Mikael Tellqvist following the tally.

San Jose Sharks' Steve Bernier, right, checks Phoenix Coyotes' Matt Jones during the first period on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Tempers flared in the second period when Bernier and Daniel Carcillo collided along the boards and roughed eachother up in the Sharks defensive zone. The refs jumped in, but the players dropped the gloves and attempted to fight on either side of the officials. After both players received four minutes of roughing penalties, Bernier was awarded another two minutes for interference at 15:16.

The Coyotes were all too familiar with Bernier after Phoenix Nick Boynton received a one game suspension and Wayne Gretzky earned $10,000 fine for Boynton instigating a fight with the Sharks winger in the final five minutes of Monday nights game in San Jose. Boynton, who is serving his suspension tonight, was aparently retaliating for a hit Bernier put on Ed Jovanovski in the first period.

After two periods of play the Sharks were outshooting the Coyotes 22-12 and leading 3-0.

The third period was lucrative for San Jose when Pavelski notched his second power-play goal of the game at 2:12 and then Setoguchi added his seventh goal in nine games sixty-six seconds later at 3:18.

Bernier made it 6-0 when he fired in a Marleau rebound for his fourth goal of the season. After his initial shot was blocked, the captain picked up the rebound and skated around the back of the net for another left handed shot. Tellqvist thought he had the puck in his pads, but it squeeked free and Bernier was on the doorstep to slam it home.

The assist was Marleau's third of the game and 502 point of his career.

Phoenix didn't pull their goalie and the Sharks distanced themselves by ten points from the Coyotes with the 6-0 win.

Sharks defenseman Craig Rivet, who missed tonight's game with a leg injury, spent the entire game on the bench as a coach. Following the win, his teammates awarded him the game puck.

Milan Michalek (elbow strain), Marcel Goc (back spasms) and Craig Rivet (leg) are all listed as day-to-day.

Cheechoo - Thornton - Setoguchi
Rissmiller - Marleau - Bernier
Grier - Mitchell - Roenick
Brown - Pavelski

Ehrhoff - Semenov
Ozolinsh - Vlasic
Murray - McLaren

The Sharks will end the month of November with a four-game homestand beginning Saturday, November 17 against their intrastate rivals, the Anaheim Ducks. The game is set for 7:30 PM (Pacific) and will be broadcast on FSN Bay Area in High Definition, 98.5 KFOX, Sharks Radio Affiliates, and
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