SAN JOSE, Calif.
-- The Sharks extended their franchise record winning streak to 11-consecutive games when they defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, at HP Pavilion on Friday night. San Jose’s offense was jump started by four first period goals, including a penalty shot by Patrick Marleau
, all within the first 13 minutes of the game.
Ron Wilson continued with the same lineup that has built much of the current streak and Team Teal faced Hannu Toivonen in net. Brian Campbell and Jody Shelley each shared a special accomplishment on the night as the players registered their 400th career NHL game.
It did not take long for San Jose to jump on board with the first goal. After taking control of the opening faceoff, San Jose entered the Blues zone and they would not leave for 1:10. The goal finally came when Brian Campbell found Milan Michalek driving the net and he hammered it across the line. San Jose would not add to their lead in the next six minutes, but they kept strong pressure on the visiting Blues.
Evgeni Nabokov made three strong stops in the first 10 minutes of action to keep the lead at one and when Team Teal took to their first power play they made it 2-0. The tally actually happened just as even strength play returned. The puck worked its way to Craig Rivet at the point and he let loose a slapper. As the puck traveled toward the crease, both Devin Setoguchi and Jeremy Roenick tipped it, in that order, putting San Jose up 2-0.
It was just the beginning of first period tallies. Joe Thornton
displayed his passing abilities on goal number three. He skated down toward the left goal line and waited until he saw Campbell drop down low. As Campbell neared the top of the crease, the puck hit his stick and the All-Star blueliner knocked it in the empty half of the net. With the tally, Thornton took over the NHL lead for assists.
The onslaught continued when Patrick Marleau
was literally tackled from behind, causing the most exciting play in sports – the penalty shot. Marleau took his time skating in and deposited his shot to the upper left corner for the 4-0 advantage.
St. Louis’ Jamal Mayers felt he had to do something and he began a fight with Craig Rivet with five minutes left in the first. Mayers was given the instigator, but the Sharks could not add the fifth tally.
|Sharks center Jeremy Roenick celebrates Milan Michalek after Roenick's goal against the St. Louis Blues in the first period on Friday March 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) |
After 20 minutes of action, the Sharks had a 14-8 shots advantage and a 4-0 lead.
St. Louis did manage to take the goose egg off the board when David Backes snuckk one past Nabokov.
San Jose attempted to respond late in the second on a power play would have to settle for being up 4-1 after 40 minutes.
There were few scoring chances in the early part of the third as the two clubs totaled just seven shots in the first 13 minutes of the final stanza. When matching minors to Christian Ehrhoff and David Perron opened up the ice at that time, neither side could capitalize. For San Jose though, it was not a problem as they were still in control.
As the game ended, the sell-out crowd at HP Pavilion erupted. The Sharks had put on a show at home, defeating the Blues 4-1. LINES
Nabokov-Boucher NEXT GAME
San Jose will host Edmonton at 5 p.m. on Sunday and limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The contest will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.