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Nabokov Improves, Practices With Team

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov's neck felt much better after a night of rest and he does not expect the injury to sideline him for any extended period of time.
"It feels much better," Nabokov said after participating in the Sharks practice in El Segundo on Sunday.  "I still can't understand how we ended up shorthanded on the play."
Nabokov suffered a sore neck Saturday night when Phoenix forward Mike Zigomanis blatantly crashed into him during San Jose's 2-1 win last night in Glendale.  On the play, the Sharks ended up killing a penalty as both Mike Grier and Mark Bell were issued minor penalties while Zigomanis only received a goaltender interference call.
Vesa Toskala, who stepped in admirably and made 25 saves to backstop the Sharks to victory, will take his normal rotation in net tomorrow night as the Sharks face the Kings again.
The Sharks will look to extend their season best four-game winning streak.
Sharks forward Joe Thornton added to his acting resume in Los Angeles after the Sharks practice as he will become the latest feature player in the National Hockey League's advertising campaign.  Thornton’s participation follows spots that aired earlier in the season, starring Jonathan Cheechoo, Philadelphia’s Peter Forsberg, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Dallas’ Marty Turco.
This series of ads focuses on the fact that NHL players are just like every other normal person.  The Hart Trophy winner’s spot shows Thornton caught in a frustrating attempt to make his morning breakfast.  However, the only thing he accomplishes is to completely mangle his toast.
Teammates Mark Smith and Doug Murray went along for the ride and saw the incredible amount of work that goes into pulling off even such a small-scale televised piece.
"It was fun," said Thornton. "Piece of cake.
"I'm working towards my SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card," he joked.
Following the filming, he spent a few minutes with "Entertainment Tonight Canada," who filmed the shoot for a feature that will run on their broadcast in the near future.
The spots featuring Thornton are expected to hit the airwaves in December.
Randy Hahn and Marty McSorley will be back to work tomorrow night on a television near you for the 7:30 p.m. game broadcast from Los Angeles on FSN.  Of course, the game can also be found on KFOX 98.5 FM, Sharks Radio Network Affiliates and
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