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6 Sharks score to pace B.C. romp
10/13/06 - by Mike Lee

24 hours after their meltdown in Edmonton, the Sharks regrouped to finish their three-game road trip on a winning note in Vancouver on Friday night. The Sharks buckled down in the 3rd period against the Canucks after establishing a two-goal lead to reclaim the Pacific Division lead with a 6-4 win at GM Place.

Ten different players scored goals, including six who recorded their first tally¢s of the season. Vesa Toskala out dueled Robert o Luongo to earn his third win of the season, although Toskala faced 11 fewer shots than Luongo.

Sharks captain Patrick Marleau got the Sharks on the board with his first goal of the season just 1:48 into the game. Marleau slipped behind Canucks rookie Luc Bourdon and tapped in a pass from Milan Michalek who sent a backdoor pass past Luongo.

Markus Naslund matched Marleau with a goal of his own less than three minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was Naslund's 300th tally as a Canuck, which tied him with Trevor Linden for the Canucks franchise record.

Christian Ehrhoff scored a goal late in the period to reward the Sharks for a solid effort to open the game. Ehrhoff chipped a rebound past Luongo after Marleau bounced a shot off the Canucks goaltender with a shot from the bottom of the left circle.

Vancouver tied the game midway through the 2nd period on Kevin Bieksa's first NHL goal. Jan Bulis setup Bieksa with a centering pass from behind the Sharks net, that the Canucks defenseman one timed past Toskala.

San Jose jumped back out in front at 12:14 of the period when Patrick Rissmiller followed up a Ryan Clowe shot on a 3-on-2 rush. Rissmiller started the break by chipping the puck up to Clowe on the right wing, then trailed the play as Clowe tried jamming the puck past Luongo from in tight.

Ville Nieminen would follow up Rissmiller¢s goal with his first tally of the season two minutes later. Curtis Joseph and Mike Grier clogged things up in front of Luongo as Scott Hannan put a shot on net from the left point. The puck hit Luongo in the chest then bounced behind him in the crease. Nieminen was lurking outside the right post and easily swept the loose puck into the wide open net.

Daniel Sedin cut the Sharks lead to 4-3 with a pretty goal at 18:15. Bieksa sent a pass up the ice from his own zone to Henrik Sedin at the Sharks blueline, who feathered a pass to his brother who was breaking in around the right wing. Sedin cut across the slot from right to left as he lifted a shot over Toskala's left shoulder.

The Canucks had a golden opportunity to knot the game up at the end of the period after Curtis Brown was whistled for tripping and Rissmiller was called for kneeing 19 seconds later. Both penalties carried into the 3rd period, but the Sharks turned the tables on Vancouver.

Henrik Sedin tried to bounce the puck off Toskala from behind the net, but his shot kicked off Toskala's paddle and out to center ice, just as Brown was coming out of the box. The Sharks centerman grabbed the loose puck and raced up the ice before lifting a backhand over Luongo's left shoulder.

"It snuck away from us in Edmonton and we certainly didn't want that to happen," Brown said. "The biggest thing was we wanted to kill the penalty off. You never dream of something like that happening, especially down two men."

"Did I get an assist?" Toskala asked after the game. "I was just trying to keep my stick in the passing lane. I didn't obviously try to make a breakaway pass but I got a good bounce."

Vancouver got back to within a lone goal on Mathias Ohlund's first of the year at the 9:49 mark, but that's close as they would come. Ohlund fired what appeared to be a simple shot from the right wing boards, but Toskala never appeared to see the puck.

With the Edmonton loss still fresh in the memory bank, the Sharks were in no mood for a repeat implosion. Mike Grier would put the Sharks up by two goals again two minutes after Ohlund's score with a fast break score. With the Canucks trying to build on the momentum that Ohlund provided, they were pressing in the Sharks zone, when Matt Carle scooped up a loose puck and flipped it up ice to Grier on the left wig boards. The new Sharks forward beat Luongo with a backhand shot as he raced in on net uncontested.

"Not great at all," Luongo said after getting peppered with 37 shots. "Obviously I'm disappointed in my performance and disappointed for the fans. First home game and I didn't play very well. In the third I obviously didn't make the big save."


The six goal performance gave the Sharks 21 goals in the first five games this season, which is a new franchise record. The previous record was 20 goals through the first five games, set three times, most recently last season.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 2 2 6
VAN 1 2 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 1 (Michalek), 1:48. 2, VAN, Naslund 3 (H. Sedin, D. Sedin), 4:14. 3, SJ, Ehrhoff 3 (Michalek), 18:23.
2nd period - 4, VAN, Bieksa 1 (Bulis, Morrison), 7:52, (pp). 5, SJ, Rissmiller 1 (Clowe, McLaren), 12:14. 6, SJ, Nieminen 1 (Brown, Hannan), 14:14. 7, VAN, D. Sedin 4 (H. Sedin, Bieksa), 18:15.
3rd period - 8, Brown 2 (Toskala), 1:23, (sh). 9, VAN, Ohlund 1 (Bieksa, H. Sedin), 9:49. 10, SJ, Grier 1 (Carle), 11:45.
1st period - Hannan, SJ (interference), 4:49; Kessler, VAN (interference), 12:55.
2nd period - Hannan, SJ (cross checking), 0:16; Bulis, VAN (hooking), 1:58; Clowe, SJ (interference), 6:16; Clowe, SJ (roughing), 6:16; Cooke, VAN (roughing), 6:16; Green, VAN (interference), 8:13; Michalek, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:12; Fitzpatrick, VAN (roughing), 17:12; BRown, SJ (tripping), 19:13; Rissmillier, SJ (kneeing), 19:32.
3rd period - Morrison, VAN (holding), 4:22; H. Sedin, VAN (holding), 12:08; Bieksa, VAN (closing hand on puck), 12:41; Clowe, SJ (tripping), 15:57.
  Shots Saves
SJ - Toskala 26 22
VAN - Luongo 37 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 17 11 37
VAN 5 12 9 26
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 6
VAN 1 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Milan Michalek
Kevin Bieksa
Curtis Brown
Referees: Rob Shick, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, Mark Wheler.

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