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Officially whacky
No love from zebras this time
1/10/07 - by Mike Lee

Bewildering. That best describes the Sharks 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night at HP Pavilion. Shoddy officiating negated a lively effort by the host Sharks, who found themselves starring up at a 3-0 deficit by the midway mark of the 1st period. Edmonton converted on two of three power plays in that span to jump out to the early lead. Even though the Sharks spent a majority of the game in Edmonton's zone, they failed to draw a penalty until the 17:45 mark of the 2nd period.

Marc-Andre Bergeron scored the game's opening goal just 1:35 into the contest after Jonthan Cheechoo was sent off for a debatable tripping penalty while the Sharks were in the offensive zone. Bergeron uncorked a shot from the point on the ensuing power play that slipped past Evgeni Nabokov.

Nabokov would surrender Mathieu Roy's first NHL goal at the 10:43 mark on a shot similar to Bergeron's.

Doug Murray would setup the Oilers final goal by drawing a phantom holding call at 11:12. Jarret Stoll would convert 7 seconds into Murray's penalty with a shot that should have been disallowed after Patrick Thoresen set a pick on Mark Bell, which interfered with the Shark forward.

Marcel Goc would cut the Oilers lead to 3-1 later in the period by chopping at a puck that pin-balled in front of Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson for his 4th goal of the season.

Referee Brad Watson, who had botched the power play call on Saturday night which resulted in two Sharks goals on a single penalty, seemed destined to atone for his gaff, by preventing the Sharks from getting anywhere near a man-up situation.

He would send off Joe Thornton for cross checking Stoll after the Oilers forward took liberties with the Sharks centerman in the while the Sharks pressed in the Oilers zone.

Things really got whacky when Sharks captain Patrick Marleau was assessed a double minor for high sticking Raffi Torres to open the 2nd period. Don Koharksi didn't make the call until after he was summoned to the Oilers bench while the Sharks were cycling in the Oilers zone. Koharski sees Torres bleeding on the bench, then blows his whistle.

San Jose would claw back to a one goal deficit when Jonathan Cheechoo converted at 2:41 of the 3rd period by poking home a loose puck from outside the left post on San Jose's second power play chance of the evening. Joe Pavelski tried crashing the net from the same angle, but was rejected b Roloson. With a pile of bodies in the crease, Cheechoo followed up and snapped home his 14th of the season.

The Sharks would force the issue late in the game in an attempt to score the equalizer, but tow near misses were as close as they would come. Christian Ehrhoff sent a one-timer that bounced off the left post with 30 seconds to play, and Marleau missed on an open net chance from 5 feet out when Roloson made a pad save to deflect the puck over the goal.

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1 2 3 T
EDM 3 0 0 3
SJ 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, EDM, Bergeron 6 (Hemsky, Stoll), 1:35, (pp). 2, EDM, Roy 1 (Reasoner), 10:43. 3, EDM, Stoll 13 (Hemsky, Bergeron), 11:19, (pp). 4, SJ, Goc 4 (Ehrhoff, McLaren), 12:44.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Cheechoo 14 (Pavelski, Gorges), 2:41, (pp).
1st period - Cheechoo, SJ (tripping), 1:08; Greene, EDM (fighting - major), 6:12; Clowe, SJ (fighting - major), 6:12; Ehrhoff, SJ (hooking), 7:06; Murray, SJ (holding), 11:12; Thornton, SJ (cross checking), 15:18.
2nd period - Marleau, SJ (high sticking - double minor), 0:45; Nieminen, SJ (roughing), 12:23; Greene, EDM (interference), 17:45.
3rd period - Stoll, EDM (tripping), 0:28; Smith, EDM (holding), 2:13; Stoll, EDM (slashing), 7:18; Gorges, SJ (cross checking), 9:23; Gorges, SJ (hooking), 18:39.
  Shots Saves
EDM - Roloson 34 32
SJ - Nabokov 16 13
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
EDM 6 3 7 16
SJ 13 8 13 34
Power Play Conversion
EDM 2 of 9
SJ 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Dwayne Roloson
Marc Bergeron
Jonathan Cheechoo
Referees: Don Koharski, Brad Watson. Linesmen: Don Henderson, Brian Murphy.

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