Evgeni Nabokov posted his seventh shutout of the season and his third shutout in the past four games as the Sharks dominated the Edmonton Oilers, 3-0, on Sunday night in San Jose.
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The Edmonton Oilers returned to San Jose for their second and final meeting season with the Sharks on Sunday night.
The Oilers controlled the tempo of the game in the early stages, forcing Evgeni Nabokov to make some key saves in the opening minutes. But Nabokov rose to the challenge and denied Edmonton.
Matt Carle was whistled for a hooking penalty six minutes in, but the Sharks special teams unit easily killed the Oilers power play, keeping the game scoreless.
San Jose broke through on the scoreboard thanks to some great grunt work by Ryane Clowe
. The big winger won a race to the puck behind Roloson and maintained possession. Clowe then circled along the boards and fed Marc-Edouard Vlasic
at the point who let loose a shot. While the initial save was made, Steve Bernier was out front and he put in a rebound for the 1-0 lead that San Jose would take into the break.
San Jose opened up with the first three shots of the second and Jonathan Cheechoo almost planted one home from the slot and Joe Thornton
nearly punched in the rebound. Then, Joe Pavelski
let loose a rocket for shot number four. The Sharks were circling, but Roloson managed to stave off the attack.
Edmonton then took their offensive turn, firing away on a couple of difficult slappers and then seeing a rebound effort by Brad Winchester
get turned just outside the crease.
On the other end of the ice, Roloson continued to play well, stopping a hard Cheechoo shot.
Team Teal completely dominated the last few minutes of play in the second, with Edmonton clearing the puck just once, but the score would remain 1-0 after 40 minutes.
In the third, San Jose kept looking for that elusive second tally, but Roloson robbed Bill Guerin early in the period on a shot ticketed for the corner.
Neither goaltender was tested the rest of the way as the clubs headed down the home stretch. With four minutes remaining, San Jose was winning the shot battle 28-21, but was still maintaining just a one goal lead.
Then just eight seconds into the final four minutes, the insurance goal came. This time the play was set up by some strong offensive zone work by Patrick Rissmiller. He then fed Kyle McLaren at the point who uncorked a bomb from the point with Mike Grier planted in front. Roloson never saw the puck headed upstairs and the Sharks now led 2-0.
Edmonton rookie defenseman Danny Syvret was forced to trip Curtis Brown with 1:17 remaining sending the Sharks on the power play. Brown skated with speed through the neutral zone towards the empty net and was hauled down. On the ensuing power play, Matt Carle put the icing on the cake as he netted his tenth goal of the season with 41 seconds remaining in the game.
Michalek - Thornton - Cheechoo
Guerin - Marleau - Pavelski
Clowe - Goc - Bernier
Rissmiller - Brown - Grier
Carle - Rivet
Hannan - Vlasic
Ehrhoff - McLaren
Nabokov – Toskala
BACK TO WORCESTER
With Vesa Toskala back to health, Dimitri Patzold was sent back to Worcester.
San Jose will host Chicago on Tuesday in a 7:30 p.m. start at HP Pavilion. Tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The contest will be aired on Versus, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.
|FINAL ||1 ||2 ||3 ||T |
| ||Edmonton ||0 ||0 ||0 ||0 |
| ||San Jose ||1 ||0 ||2 ||3 || |
|SJS: ||BERNIER, S. (12:50 in 1st), MCLAREN, K. (16:09 in 3rd), CARLE, M. (PPG, 19:20 in 3rd) |