Jeremy Roenick became the third American-born player in the history of the NHL to score 500 goals tonight with a fluke tally that broke open the Sharks game against the Coyotes and gave San Jose a 2-1 lead. The Sharks went on to defeat the Coyotes 4-1 on goals by Roenick, Devin Setoguchi, Torrey Mitchell
and Sandis Ozolinsh.
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, ROAD TO 500
San Jose and Phoenix hooked up in the first of two consecutive contests at HP Pavilion on Saturday night. Evgeni Nabokov started his 17th consecutive game, this time opposite Alex Auld. Matt Carle and Alexei Semenov were not in the lineup, along with Marcel Goc. Christian Ehrhoff and Curtis Brown rejoined the fray.
Just nine seconds into the evening, Marc-Edouard Vlasic
was called for holding the stick, but the top scoring opportunity came when Mike Grier and Torrey Mitchell
almost connected on the shorthanded rush as they did the previous night in Anaheim.
The Sharks were pressing eight minutes in when they had an extended shift in which they rang two off the post, but two minutes later, Phoenix struck first.
Steven Reinprecht took a feed from Peter Mueller and wristed it past Nabokov from the high slot for the evening’s opening tally.
A three-on-two rush, led by Jeremy Roenick, with less than three left in the first resulted in yet another goal post hit by San Jose, and another that caromed away from the goal line.
Unfortunately goal posts don’t count in the scoring and Phoenix carried their 1-0 lead into the break.
An early second period power play allowed Team Teal to tie the contest. The play began when Joe Thornton
’s cross-ice pass found Joe Pavelski
parked to the right of Auld. A sliding Coyote defender prevented the quick shot, but the ensuing puck on net rebounded to Devin Setoguchi who banged in his first career goal in HP Pavilion and third of the season.
With 13:25 to go in the middle period, a very odd, but very historic goal happened at HP Pavilion. San Jose’s Jeremy Roenick went to dump the puck in along the right boards. The puck took an odd bounce off the glass and was directed right on net.
Auld scrambled back and appeared to stop the puck in front of the goal line, but in the process pushed it into the net. As soon as everyone figured out that the puck actually went in, the entire building then realized who was getting credit for the tally. Roenick had officially become only the third American-born player to reach 500 goals and the fans roared their approval.
San Jose would hold the lead through the rest of the period and take their 2-1 lead into the break.
Five minutes into the third, Mitchell struck for his first career goal at HP Pavilion. The rookie, who scored his first the previous night in Anaheim, was sprung up the middle by an outlet from Ehrhoff, avoided a defender, moved to his backhand and lifted it above Auld.
An unusual four-on-three power play provided yet another Sharks player an opportunity to score his initial HP Pavilion tally this year. Although it was not his first tally in the building as a Sharks player. Lining up from his point, Sandis Ozolinsh launched laser that Auld could not locate due to Patrick Marleau
creating a screen out front. The goal gave San Jose a 4-1 lead late in the game.
The Sharks ended the game with the 4-1 victory.
Nabokov-Patzold NEXT GAME
San Jose will face Phoenix Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at HP Pavilion. The contest will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Limited tickets can be obtained at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.