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Shootout fails again
Sharks drop sixth straight
11/21/05 - by Mike Lee

The Sharks finally got through an opening period without trailing, but their shootout woes did them in for the second straight game. San Jose's inept offense continued to sputter in Edmonton on Monday night, allowing the Oilers to take a 2-1 win after outscoring the Sharks 2-1 in the shootout.

Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a short lived lead by scoring his eleventh goal of the season on a power play midway through the 2nd period. Marleau cranked a shot past Edmonton goaltender Michael Morrison for the point after Michael Peca was sent off for hooking.

The Sharks defense was strong all evening, but allowed the Oilers to sneak one past Evgeni Nabokov with just 38 seconds remaining in the period. Edmonton threw everybody at the net as the period wound down, which resulted in a flurry of shots. Marc-Andre Bergeron and Fernando Pisani both took hacks at the puck in front of the net, but Nabokov rejected the shots in close. Nabokov couldn't stop the third shot after Marty Reasoner punched in a rebound.

Radek Dvorek had a chance to win the game in overtime but Nabokov stoned the Oilers forward with a tremendous pad same. Dvorak skated in uncontested, and tried to deek Nabokov with a move to the backhand, but the Sharks goaltender threw a pad out to keeo the game going.

Marleau had a chance to end things himself with less than a minute remaining in the extra period but Morrison denied the Sharks captain with a glove save up high.

The Sharks failed on the new shootout format for the third consecutive time after Niko Dimtrakos and Jonathan Cheechoo botched their attempts. Dimitrakos failed to even get a shot off after loosing control of the puck as he skated in on Morrison.

Dvorak and Ryan Smyth slipped past shots past Nabokov in the shootout to send the Sharks to their sixth loss in a row, which marks the first six-game losing streak in ten years for San Jose.

Notes:

Scot Parker made his season debut after suffering a face injury in preseason. Parker skated 12 shifts, racking up one shot on goal, zero hits, and a goaltender interference penalty.

The Sharks assigned Steve Bernier and Ryan Clowe to Cleveland.

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Scoring
1 2 3 OTSO T
SJ 0 1 0 00 1
EDM 0 1 0 01 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, San Jose, Marleau 11 ( Stuart, Sturm) pp, 6:07. 2, Edmonton, Reasoner 5 (Pisani, Bergeron), 19:22.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - Dvorak (EDM), Sturm (SJ), Smyth (EDM).
Penalties
1st period - Stoll, EDM (hooking), 2:44; Preissing, SJS (holding), 6:10; Michalek, SJS (holding stick), 8:49; Hannan, SJS (hooking), 17:43
2nd period - Peca, EDM (hooking), 5:39; Harvey, EDM (slashing), 7:16; Morrison, EDM (Delay of game - puck over glass), 9:46; Horcoff, EDM (hooking), 11:43; Parker, SJS (goaltender interference), 14:41; McCauley, SJS (hooking), 17:16
3rd period - Pronger, EDM (interference), 1:10
Overtime - Smyth, EDM (holding), 5:00
Goaltending
  Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 21 20
EDM - Morrison 22 21
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 3 7 10 2 22
EDM 10 7 3 1 21
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 6
EDM 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Michael Morrison
Marty Reasoner
Patrick Marleau
Attendence
16,583
Officials
Referees: Stephane Auger, Mike Hasenfratz. Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Brad Lazarowich.

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