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Sharks at World Championships
Four SJ players participating
5/5/05 - By Mike Lee

Four current San Jose Shark players are participating in the IIHF World Championships in Austria. Patrick Marleau and Scott Hannan are representing Team Canada, while Christian Ehrhoff and Marcel Goc are donning the black, red and yellow for Team Germany. Marleau kicked off the two week tournament with a goal and an assist in Canada's 6-4 win over Latvia on Saturday.

The Latvians surprised many with a gritty performance versus the defending World Champions in the Group B qualifying round game.

Player Stats
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Marleau (CAN) 1 1 1 2 2
Hannan (CAN) 1 0 0 0 0
Ehrhoff (GER) 1 0 0 0 2
Goc (GER) 1 0 0 0 0
Ehrhoff and Goc probably want to take a mulligan after Germany was shocked by Kazakhstan 2-1 on Sunday. Neither player scored in the loss. Kazakhstan bookended the opening period with goals, which all they would need. Dmitri Upper opened the game with a goal 1:24 in and Yevgeniy Koreshkov scored on a breakaway late in the period to provide Kazakhstan all the offensive punch it would need.

Both teams resume play on Tuesday with Canada playing a Group B game versus Slovenia, while Germany squares off in a Group D game versus the Czech Republic. Both teams finish pool play on Thursday, when the Canadians playing Team USA, and Germany wrapping up things versus Switzerland.

Several Sharks eligible for World Championship play are not representing their countries due to injury. Most notably, Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and forward Marco Sturm elected not to play in order to nurse injuries. Nabokov would have tended goal for Russia. Sturm, decided to take time to rest the leg he injured at the end of the 2003-04 NHL regular season.

Sturm did play in the German Elite League this year during the NHL lockout, but elected to give his leg some time off.

Additional tournament info may be found at the IIHF IHWC website at: http://live82.ihwc.net/english/, including tournament team power rankings, which currently have Canada resting atop the PR list. Team USA is cirrently ranked second.

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