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Jackets steal OT thriller
First home loss for SJ in 12 games
1/8/04 - by Mike Lee

Scott Thornton turned in his second two-goal game of the season, but an overtime tally by Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped San Jose's 11-game home unbeaten streak on Thursday night. Nash beat Evgeni Nabokov with 2.1 seconds remaining in the extra period to help Columbus win only their third road game this season. The game ending score was particularly painful because Wayne Primeau missed on an opportunity to steal the win moments earlier.

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1 2 3 OT T
CBJ 0 2 0 1 3
SJ 1 0 1 0 2
1st period - S.J, THORNTON (6) (RICCI, CHEECHOO), 00:34
2nd period - CBJ, WRIGHT (1) (MALHOTRA, LETOWSKI), 02:13 CBJ, HARTIGAN (0) (VYBORNY, NASH), 14:11
3rd period - S.J, THORNTON (6) (EHRHOFF, RATHJE), 19:03
Overtime - CBJ, NASH (23) (VYBORNY, ERIKSSON), 04:57
1st period - S.J, DAVISON, 02:09 - Tripping CBJ, KLESLA, 05:46 - Holding S.J, RATHJE, 09:25 - Slashing CBJ, NASH, 17:58 - Slashing
2nd period - S.J, STURM, 13:33 - Interference S.J, PRIMEAU, 14:11 - Hi stick
3rd period - CBJ, LING, 04:04 - Interference S.J, DIMITRAKOS, 04:49 - Interference
Overtime - S.J, STUART, 04:37 - Slashing
  Shots Saves
CBJ - Denis 36 34
SJ - Nabokov 25 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
CBJ 10 7 5 3 25
SJ 6 15 10 5 36
Power Play Conversion
CBJ 2 of 6
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Scott Thornton
Rick Nash
Marc Denis
With Brad Stuart in the penalty box for slashing, the Sharks won the final faceoff with 23 seconds remaining in OT. Primeau carried the puck up the left wing boards and put a fantastic move on a Blue Jackets defenseman at the Columbus blueline. With a defender in two, Primeau raced in on Blue Jackets goaltender Marc Denis, but Denis managed to stymie Primeau's shot. Anders Eriksson would grab the rebound and push it up ice with nine ticks left on the game clock.

Thornton's performance was overshadowed by the Blue Jackets win, but his goals were welcome signs for the Sharks forward. He book-ended regulation play by scoring in the first minute of the 1st period and the last minute of the 3rd period.

Thorton's first came courtesy of great puck movement by linemates Jonathan Cheechoo and Mike Ricci. The pair moved the puck from behind the net and out to the left circle, before Ricci connected with a wide open Thornton on the bottom of the right circle. Denis left the entire right side of the net exposed as the puck cycled around his perimeter, allowing Thornton to easily tap in the game's first goal.

Tyler Wright tied the game two minutes into the 2nd period, and Mark Hartigan scored his first of the season at 14:11 of the period after a delayed high sticking penalty was called on Wayne Primeau while Marco Sturm sat in the box on a questionable interference penalty. Sturm leveled Ratislav Klesla at center ice that knocked Klesla out of the game, but referee Greg Kimmerly ruled that Sturm had impeded Klesla's forward progress. Primeau drew his penalty as he was being hauled to the ice by Daryl Sydor.

The Sharks could muster little offense all night and things looked as if they would end on a bleak note. Sharks head coach Ron Wilson pulled Nabokov for the extra attacker and the Sharks managed to knot things up when Thornton tipped a Christian Ehrhoff shot with 57 seconds laeft in regulation.

Play of the Game
Take your pick. Both of Thornton's goals were gems, and Nash flashed a glimpse of why he's the leading goal scorer in the NHL with a shot that found the upper left corner of the net from 15 feet out on the rush.

The Turning Point
Hartigan's goal was another gift courtesy of questionable officiating. Primeau had a chance to start an odd-man rush after chipping the puck up the left wing boards, but Sydor nullified that attempt by pulling Primeau down. It looked as if Primeau would be rewarded for his hustle on the play with a Sydor penalty, but instead a delayed penalty on Primeau was called. David Vyborny threw the puck on net from the right corner and Hartigan tipped it past Nabokov and into the net.

Save of the Game
The Denis save on Primeau preserved the game for Nashville, but Nabokov extended it by stoning Vyborny on a breakaway a minute earlier. The Sharks were in complete control in the overtime period, moving the puck at will in the Columbus zone, but the Blue Jackets sprang two jail breaks. Nabokov was able to stop the first one with a huge pad save after Vyborny tried to wrist a shot to Nabokov's right.

Box Scores Do No Justice
The rematch between Scott Parker and Jody Shelley never materialized, do in part because Shelley refused to engage Parker's dance requests. Parker approached the Blue Jackets tough guy on several occasions, but Shelley wanted no part of Parker.

Honorable Mention
Niko Dimitrakos cost himself a goal after he was whistled for interfering with Duvie Westcott in the 3rd period. With the Sharks on the power play, Dimitrakos cross checked Westcott in front of the Blue Jackets net moments before he tipped in what appeared to be the game tying goal. It was waved off because of DImitrakos' infraction.


The loss was the first for the Sharks at home since Novembe 13th.

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