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Record night for Sharks
Franchise record 6 PP goals
1/4/07 - by Mike Lee

What looked like the makings of another Phoenix debacle turned into one of the biggest offensive nights in team history for the Sharks on Thursday night. After falling into a 3-0 1st period hole to the visiting Detroit Red Wings, San Jose stormed back with a vengeance to club the Wings nine straight goals en route to a 9-4 drubbing at HP Pavilion.

Mike Grier and Ryan Clowe scored two goals each, Patrick Marleau had a goal and three assists and Joe Thornton added 4 assists on a night that saw the Sharks set a franchise record with 6 power play tallies.

Evgeni Nabokov was probably the only Shark not smiling after the landslide victory. The Sharks goaltender was yanked by Sharks head coach Ron Wilson midway through the opening period after the Red Wings put 3 pucks past him on only 12 shots. Jiri Hudler opened the game with his 6th at 3:18 of the period.

Tomas Holmstrom redirected a Mathieu Schneider shot past Nabokov 5 minutes later while Grier sat in the box for a hooking infraction. Things turned really sour for Nabokov at the 11:20 mark when Jason Williams skated up ice uncontested after Marcel Goc flubbed control of the puck at Detroit's blueline. Williams skated on a line just outside the right post, then ripped a shot to the opposite corner as Nabokov came out of the net to challenge him.

Wilson's wake up call hit home and the Sharks went to work, starting with offensive support from an unlikely source. Josh Gorges, the second year defenseman, broke the ice for San Jose by scoring his first NHL goal with just over 5 minutes to play in the period. Gorges had played in 78 NHL games without scoring.

Whatever Wilson said to his team during the 1st intermission hit a nerve.

After Hudler was sent off for hooking to open the 2nd period, Jonathan Cheechoo converted on the ensuing power play with a one time that beat Dominik Hasek, cutting the Red Wing's lead to 3-2.

Clowe would chip in a deflection after a scrum broke out in front of the Detroit net less than two minutes later, erasing Detroit's 3-goal lead.

Christian Ehrhoff would give the Sharks the lead at 14:09 on a blast from the left point, after Thornton sent a pass cross ice to the young defenseman. Hasek was partially screened on the play, allowing the blast to catch the upper right corner of the net.

Joe Pavelski capped the four goal period with his 9th of the season on a bang bang play with three minutes to play in the middle period. Oddly the sequence started with Schneider laying out the Sharks forward along the Red Wings end boards. While doing so, Scheneider broke his stick and made an attempt to keep the puck away from Jonathan Cheechoo who was swarming behind the net by tossing it onto the back of his own net. Pavelski was back on his skates by that time and grabbed the puck as it bounced off the rear bar, then swooped around to the front of the net, sliding it under Hasek's pads for the 5-3 lead.

San Jose turned the game into a laugher in the 3rd period with another 4 goals. After Mike Grier scored his 8th goal of the season at the 6:03 mark, Marleau converted the Sharks third consecutive power play tally by depositing a Thornton pass that traveled across the top of Detroit's crease. Marleau's goal came on a two-man advantage after Chris Draper was sent off for holding the stick and Dany Markov was whistled for slashing a minute later.

Grier would poke home another power play goal at 11:38 after Marleau set him up with a pass from the right corner. The point put Marleau at the top of the franchise points list, moving him past Owen Nolan with 452 career points.

The Sharks captain will tie Owen Nolan for the franchise goal scoring lead with his next tally.

Detroit head coach Mike Babcock mercifully pulled Hasek after surrendering a career high eight goals. Hasek's replacement, Chris Osgood, immediately gave up another power play goal, this time off the stick off Clowe, who chipped in a deflection on a Doug Murray shot.

Brett Lebda scored a meaningless goal late to cap the 13 goal night.

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1 2 3 T
DET 3 0 1 4
SJ 1 4 4 9
1st period - 1, DET, Hudler 6 (Kronvall), 3:18. 2, DET, Holmstrom 8 (Schneider, Zetterberg), 8:47, (pp). 3, DET, Williams 7 (unassisted), 11:20. 4, SJ, Gorges 1 (Thornton, Grier), 14:24.
2nd period - 5, SJ, Cheechoo 13 (Pavelski, Vlassic), 4:53, (pp). 6, SJ, Clowe 4 (Goc, Brown), 6:16. 7, SJ, Ehrhoff 8 (Thornton, Marleau), 14:09. 8, SJ, Pavelski 9 (Cheechoo, Michalek), 16:54, (pp).
3rd period - 9, SJ, Grier 8 (Marleau, Thornton), 6:03, (pp). 10, SJ, Marleau 18 (Thornton, Ehrhoff), 7:26, (pp). 11, SJ, Grier 9 (Marleau, Hannan), 11:38, (pp). 12, SJ, Clowe 5 (Murray, Rissmiller), 15:06, (pp). 13, DET, Lebda 3 (Franzen, Draper), 18:18.
1st period - Grier, SJ (hooking), 7:31; Filppula, DET (hooking), 17:03.
2nd period - Hudler, DET (hooking), 3:33; Williams, DET (hooking), 8:10; Marleau, SJ (holding), 9:59; Goc, SJ (hooking), 11:21; Lidstrom, DET (holding), 16:20.
3rd period - Marleau, SJ (hooking), 2:56; Hudler, DET (hooking), 4:41; Draper, DET (holding the stick), 6:04; Markov, DET (slashing), 7:01; Grier, SJ (interference), 7:45; Maltby, DET (high sticking), 11:02; Markov, DET (hooking), 14:05; Murray, SJ (cross checking), 16:01; McLaren, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 19:41.
  Shots Saves
DET - Hasek 28 20
DET - Osgood 3 2
SJ - Nabokov 12 9
SJ - Toskala 18 17
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DET 16 9 5 30
SJ 7 15 9 31
Power Play Conversion
DET 1 of 7
SJ 6 of 9
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Joe Thornton
Mike Grier
Referees: Don Koharski, Chris Rooney. Linesmen: Don Henderson, Brian Murphy.

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