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Sharks continue domination over Canucks
3-0 win extands Pacific lead
1/15/04 - by Mike Lee

The unexpected success of this season's Sharks team continued to roll on Thursday night as the Sharks knocked off one of the league's best teams in the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 at HP Pavilion. While their good fortune may be a surprise, their domination over the Canucks has to be one f the most intriguing sub-plots of the Sharks season. San Jose knocked off Vancouver for the second time in ten days and holds an 8-2 mark against the Canucks in their last ten meetings dating back to November of 2001. Alexander Korolyuk, Jonathan Cheechoo and Alyn McCauley each scored for San Jose, while Evgeni Nabokov earned his 11th win of the season.

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1 2 3 T
VAN 0 0 1 1
SJ 2 0 1 3
1st period - S.J, KOROLYUK (5) (MCCAULEY, RATHJE), 11:46 S.J, CHEECHOO (12) (RICCI, THORNTON), 12:45
2nd period - NONE
3rd period - S.J, MCCAULEY (10) (EKMAN, KOROLYUK), 03:24 VAN, NASLUND (24) (KING, REID), 03:43
1st period - VAN, JOVANOVSKI, 05:56 - Roughing VAN, RUUTU, 09:38 - Roughing S.J, DAVISON, 09:38 - Hi stick S.J, DIMITRAKOS, 14:14 - Holding VAN, ALLEN, 17:10 - Holding
2nd period - S.J, DAMPHOUSSE, 06:49 - Tripping S.J, DAMPHOUSSE, 16:44 - Holding stick - Obstruction VAN, BERTUZZI, 17:53 - Unsportsmanlike conduct S.J, RICCI, 19:08 - Tripping
3rd period - S.J, HANNAN, 14:28 - Delay of game
  Shots Saves
VAN - Cloutier 30 27
SJ - Nabokov 35 34
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
VAN 6 16 13 35
SJ 17 6 7 30
Power Play Conversion
VAN 0 of 5
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Evgeni Nabokov
Alexander Korolyuk
Jonathan Cheechoo
The Canucks slipped back into a tie with the Colorado Avalanche for the Northwest Division lead, while the Sharks extended their lead in the Pacific to seven points over Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Tempo was something the Sharks wanted to improve on after their lifeless 3-0 loss to the Stars on Tuesday night, and they responded with considerably more kick in their step. Vancouver didn't even get a shot on Nabokov until the Sharks had ripped off eight on losing goaltender Dan Cloutier.

Many of Cloutier's teammates had to be asking what happened to him on the Sharks first goal. Korolyuk scored on a wrap around attempt midway through the opening period after racing up the left wing then zipping around the back of the net. While Korolyuk was cutting behind the net, Cloutier looked as if he was glued to the left post, which left Korolyuk with a wide open net on the opposite side.

Cheechoo would follow up with his 13th goal of the season less than a minute later by firing a deflection past Clouiter from ten feet out. Mike Ricci worked the puck off the end boards and deflected a shot off of a scrum in front of the net. The puck trickled out to Cheechoo for the put back.

As has been customary for much of the season, the Sharks failed to generate many scoring opportunities in the 2nd period, but Nabokov bailed them out with a stellar performance in the period. The Sharks netminder would turn aside all 16 shots the Canucks would generate in the period to preserve the 2-0 lead.

San Jose put the game out of reach three minutes into the 3rd period when McCauley scored from the left corner after Cloutier misplayed the puck moments earlier. Cloutier tried to cutoff a loose puck by skating out of the net to the left dot, but Korolyuk beat him to it and tried to navigate through traffic to get a shot on net. Cloutier managed to get back in net, but after Nils Ekman tried firing a follow up shot, the Cancusk netminder drifted to the top of the crease in order to defend against Ekman's shot. McCauley had the angle on Clouiter enabling him to throw the puck on net for the Sharks third goal.

Markus Naslund would follow up with his league leading 25th goal of the season 19 seconds later, but the Sharks buckled down on the Canucks over the final 16 minutes to deny any comeback attempt by Vancouver.

Play of the Game
Pick any one of the three 2nd period Canuck power plays the Sharks were faced to kill off. Nabokov settled in and smothered everything the Canucks threw his way.

The Turning Point
Jumping out to a 2-0 lead allowed the Sharks to settle back and force the Canucks to play catch up. Cheechoo's tally took the wind out of the Canucks sails coming so soon after Korolyuk's goal.

Save of the Game
Nabokov stopped a golden opportunity by Henrik Sedin who had four whacks at the puck from three feet out. Nabokov had his left skate pinned to the right post and Sedin tried to poke the puck past Nabokov, but each of the first three attempts were stuffed. The fourth shot trickled under Nabokov's pad, but he managed to glove it as it headed for the goal line.

Box Scores Do No Justice
No explanation was ever given, but officials reviewed Korolyuk's goal for several minutes. Mike Rathje appeared to be near the crease when Korolyuk slipped the puck into the goal, but he didn't appear to be close enough to Cloutier to warrant an interference call.

Honorable Mention
Ricci turned in one of his better performances of the season, helping to generate the Cheechoo scoring chance and playing solid two -way hockey all night. His 11-for-18 in the faceoff circle also led all players in faceoff wins.

"Your offense will improve when you believe your goalie is unbeatable. You'll take more chances up the ice, and you'll be rewarded. ... We played really aggressive and attacking hockey, and Nabby was part of the reason." - Sharks head coach Ron Wilson

"It just basically comes down to scoring goals, and we're not getting enough goals. We can't rely on Markus every night. I can only be patient for so long. I'm getting very frustrated." - Vancouver forward Todd Bertuzzi

"We face everybody pretty well the same. I think that allows us to execute our plays and do the things that we want. They are a talented club over there. Maybe that just brings out the best in us and we're ready, knowing that these guys can bring a lot of offense and score goals in bunches." - Alyn McCauley

Add Marco Sturm to the injured list. The Sharks forward injured his chest against Dallas on Tuesday. Scott Parker was also a scratch (bruised forearm).

Kyle McLaren missed his sixth game in a row.

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