The San Jose Sharks played their second game in 10 days in Vancouver and again came away with a two-goal victory, this time in a 4-2 win. Four different Sharks scored and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 24 of 26 shots in the total team effort.
Nabokov started his sixth straight game for the Sharks, with Roberto Luongo in the opposite crease, but once again, San Jose was able to solve the Vancouver backstop.
Returning to the lineup after missing Saturday’s contest with a sore knee, Jeremy Roenick was called for tripping minutes into the night, putting Vancouver up a man. It was a match of one of the league’s best penalty killing teams against one of its best power play clubs. In this first of many battles, it was the Sharks PK units who were victorious.
When Vancouver took to their next power play, Team Teal had their best offensive opportunity to that point. Mike Grier led a two-on-two rush and Marcel Goc nearly put in the second shot. When that didn’t go in, Christian Ehrhoff was sent to the box, providing Vancouver with nearly 40 seconds of five-on-three time. Facing a bigger challenge than moments early against the skilled Canucks, the penalty killers did their job again.
There was no first period score, but the Sharks would carry 46 seconds of power play time into the second.
San Jose could not connect on the power play as the game looked to find a rhythm it lacked in the first.
However, the Sharks were called for another quick minor penalty, this time too a many men call, and after killing four straight power plays in the first, their luck ran out.
This time a shot that rang off the left post went directly off Taylor Pyatt’s skate and into the net. The play was sent to the video goal judge, but since there was no distinct kicking motion, the goal stood.
Nabokov showed his mobility midway through the second. When a rebound went to the right side of the net, it found Daniel Sedin who had a wide-open net to shoot at. Nabokov did not give up on the play and dove across for the highlight save.
Following the stop, Douglas Murray
and Rick Rypien engaged in a bout that was all about Murray. His first shot had Rypien falling to the ice to get out of the way and when he got back to his skates, Murray nailed him with a few strong rights.
Penalties finally started to come against the Canucks and the Sharks skill players skated with an extended five-on-three. During that time, Marleau sent a long pass up ice that hit Steve Bernier in stride at the Vancouver blue line. He skated in while fending off a blueliner and tucked the puck five-hole to tie the contest.
When Matt Cook hit Ehrhoff up high minutes into the third, Team Teal took the lead with a second power play tally. A faceoff win by Joe Thornton
sent the puck back to Craig Rivet who launched a one timer. His blast was stopped, but Joe Pavelski
grabbed the rebound, faked out Luongo, and then deked a defender to plug in the 2-1 lead.
After the two power play goals, the Sharks showed they could score at even strength. This time, instead of assisting on the play, Thornton scored to make it 3-1. The big center found himself alone in front, forced Luongo to the ground and reached around him to slide it through.
The goal rush was on and Jonathan Cheechoo was the next to find the back of the net. It was a hard working tally where he kept fighting for the puck, used some traffic from Thornton and roofed one past Luongo from a difficult angle.
Vancouver would not sit back and admit defeat and, with 6:30 left in the third, and while on the man-advantage, closed the gap to 4-2. This time Henrik Sedin took a feed from Daniel and ripped a shot behind Nabokov from the right side.
That would be as close as Vancouver would get as San Jose closed out the two-goal victory on the one-game trip.
A large skirmish broke out late in the contest as Vancouver looked to take out some frustrations from the impending loss, but it would not alter the outcome of the Sharks 4-2 victory.
The Sharks wore their home teal sweaters in a switch made by San Jose with several clubs for the season to enable Team Teal fans to see the road jersey’s at HP Pavilion occasionally.
CHEECHOO POST GAME QUOTES
ON FACING EARLY POWER PLAY
The guys did a great job kill of penalty killing and Nabby was big in net. That allowed us to stay in the game and when we got the chance, we capitalized.
ON STAYING FOCUSED WHEN ALL PENALTY KILLING IN THE 1ST
You just have to keep your attention on what’s going on and be as vocal as you can.
ON SCORING HIS FIRST GOAL OF THE SEASON
Yeah, it was frustrating. You never want a drought like that. You want to avoid those and be more consistent. I’d rather do that than score in bunches. I just have to keep working. I’ve been getting chances, they just haven’t been going in.
POWER OUTAGE UPDATE
The power outage that occurred at HP Pavilion at San Jose on Saturday, Oct. 13 continues to be investigated. At this time, an exact cause for the outage has not been determined. The power shortage was a localized problem that only affected HP Pavilion’s power grid which includes the power disturbed to the HP Pavilion parking lots.
HP Pavilion’s new high-resolution video board and fascia board display were not the cause of the problem. Both facility upgrades installed over the past three months have been used at HP Pavilion prior to Saturday’s game and functioned without issue.
The emergency generator, emergency lighting and other safety systems continued to function during the power outage.
The Sharks return for their second home contest of the season Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings. The 7:30 p.m. start can be watched on FSN Bay Area and listened to on 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Box Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.