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Sharks Blanked By Blues, Fall 1-0 On Saturday Night

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Manny Legace and the St. Louis Blues shutout the Sharks 1-0 on Saturday night, blanking San Jose at the friendly confines of HP Pavilion for the first time this season.
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Three and a half minutes into the game Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton nearly put Team Teal on the board with a strong crashing of the net. The Blues’ Manny Legace came up with a timely save to keep the score tied at zero.

San Jose’s Josh Gorges picked up a two minute slashing penalty with eleven minutes left to play in the opening period to put the visiting team on the man advantage for the first time tonight. The penalty was quickly killed off and the score remained knotted up midway through the period.

The Sharks were able to get the power play when Jay McClement was penalized for hooking Mark Smith. With four minutes left in the period the home team had the man-advantage.

After not being able to capitalize on their first opportunity, the Sharks were given a reprieve when Doug Weight was whistled for hooking with two minutes left. There were a couple exciting chances by Joe Thornton and Ryan Clowe, but no goal was found.

The period ended with the score tied up at 0-0.

The second period began with a quicker pace than the first as both teams had scoring chances within the first two minutes.

At the ten minute mark Evgeni Nabokov made two spectacular glove saves to keep the score even. The Sharks used this momentum to put on an impressive attack on Legace, but could not put the puck in the net.

With the period coming to a close, the Blues jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Bill Guerin with a minute and forty-two seconds left in the game. This score held up through the end of the second period.

With 13 left in the final period, the Sharks drew a power play and looked for a hole in the St. Louis defense. Ron Wilson double shifted his forward line of Thornton, Cheechoo and Marleau the entire two minutes, but Legace stopped the two shots that fond the net.

San Jose had their rally time limited when Mark Smith was given a minor penalty, but Team Teal killed of the power play, though they still have to find a goal.

The Sharks used the same lineup of skaters on Saturday night against St. Louis that they used on Thursday night in a 5-2 victory over Phoenix.

Marleau – Thornton – Clowe
Michalek – Pavelski – Cheechoo
Bell – Brown – Grier
Smith – Rissmiller

Hannan – Murray
Ehrhoff – Gorges
Vlasic – Carle

Nabokov – Toskala

Beginning tomorrow, the Sharks and the entire NHL will break until next Friday for the 2007 All-Star Week located this season in Dallas. San Jose will be sending four players to Dallas to participate in the All-Star Week festivities. Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo were voted as starters for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game while Captain Patrick Marleau was named as a reserve for the West. Rookie standout defenseman Matt Carle will be representing the West in the YoungStars game.

FINAL 1 2 3 T
St Louis   0 1 0 1
San Jose   0 0 0 0
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Boxscore Faceoffs
Play-by-Play Shift Chart
Rosters TOI - STL|SJS
STL: GUERIN, B. (18:36 in 2nd)

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