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Little things cost SJ again
Special teams fails
11/16/05 - by Mike Lee

The Sharks doldrums continued on Wednesday night as the visiting Vancouver Canucks scored two power play goals in the 3rd period to beat San Jose 3-1 at HP Pavilion. The story is starting to sound like a broken record. Lack of execution on the mad advantage, inability to win key faceoffs, and an absence of scoring punch continue to punish the Sharks.

When the new NHL unveiled the new fast paced rules, last Summer, the Sharks would have been a shoe in to beat a team like the Canucks, but the inability to generate any scoring chances has all but nullified that opportunity.

San Jose didn't score until 25 minutes into the contest, and that was it. Eight power play chances fell by the way side, squandering any chance of building momentum on the visiting opponent.

The Sharks could barely muster a shot on goal during their man-up chances, and coughed up the first goal while they were on the power play. Richard Park took advantage of a disjointed power play unit midway into the first period. While the Sharks special teams all decided to press deep into the zone before gaining control of that area, the Canucks were able to chip the puck out to Park who was all by himself at his own blueline. A blink of an eye later the Sharks were in a 1-0 hole.

Marcel Goc knotted things up at 5:14 of the 2nd period on a two-on-one break that ended with Goc roofing a shot from 20 feet out.

The Sharks would then roll over in the 3rd when Wayne Primeau took a hooking penalty. Ed Jovanovski converted just 14 seconds into Primeau's penalty and the Canucks had all they would need to extend the Sharks losing streak to four games.

Anson Carter would add another power play goal with six minutes to play as he stood uncontested on the Sharks doorstep.

San Jose would get a glimmer of hope in the final minute of play when Mathias Ohlund and Bryan Allen were sent off for infractions. The Sharks pulled goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to skate with a 6-on-3 advantage, but they couldn't win a faceoff.

The Canucks simply snuffed out any chance of a comeback by simply gaining control of the puck and watching the Sharks trip over themselves in an attempt to mount some sort of rally.

The lack of jump and inability to win the little battles is costing the Sharks the war right now.

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1 2 3 T
VAN 1 0 2 3
SJ 0 1 0 1
1st period - 1, Vancouver, Park 5 (Ohlund), 8:54, (sh).
2nd period - 2, San Jose, Goc 5 (Langfeld), 5:14.
3rd period - 3, Vancouver, Jovanovski 5 (Morrison, Naslund), 10:15, (pp). 4, Vancouver, Carter 5 (Sedin, Jovanovski), 13:53, (pp).
1st period - McLaren, SJS (hooking), 5:13; Sedin, VAN (cross-checking), 7:49; Brookbank, VAN, major (fighting), 13:59; Thornton, SJS, major (fighting), 13:59; Morrison, VAN (hooking), 15:53
2nd period - Jovanovski, VAN (boarding), 8:40; Kesler, VAN (hooking), 12:25; Fahey, SJS (interference), 16:03
3rd period - Naslund, VAN (hooking), 5:05; Dimitrakos, SJS (holding the stick), 5:07; Bertuzzi, VAN (hooking), 7:12; Primeau, SJS (hooking), 10:01; McCauley, SJS (interference), 12:47; Ohlund, VAN (boarding), 19:07; Allen, VAN (roughing), 19:18
  Shots Saves
VAN - Cloutier 26 25
SJ - Nabokov 24 21
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
VAN 8 7 9 24
SJ 7 7 12 26
Power Play Conversion
VAN 2 of 5
SJ 0 of 8
3 Stars of the Game
Mathias Ohlund
Dan Cloutier
Ed Jovanovski
Referees: Rob Martell, Brad Watson. Linesmen: Angelo D'Amico, Brad Lazarowich.

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