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Heartless loss
Vokoun posts 5-0 shutout
2/14/07 - by Mike Lee

After giving up three unanswered goals to close out their 6-5 win in St Louis 24 hours earlier, the Sharks picked up where they left off in Nashville on Wednesday night, allowing the host Predators to score 5 times en route to a 5-0 spanking. Tomas Vokoun turned aside all 22 shots he faced to earn his 4th shutout of the season.

The Sharks were limited to three offensive lines, which included defenseman Rob Davison's insertion into the left wing position. That experiment didn't work out so well. The Sharks gave up a pair of 1st period goal to the Predators and never got on track.

Things headed south in the opening period after J.P. Dumont blocked a Matt Carle shot from in the Sharks zone, then raced past the Sharks defenseman up ice. Dumont then uncorked a slapper from 25-feet that sailed past Vesa Toskala.

Shea Weber would score the first of two goal on the evening at the midway mark of the period to pad Nashville's lead. Sharks head coach Ron Wilson didn't like what he was seeing in Toskala's play, so he yanked his goaltender.

Evgeni Nabokov was inserted between the pipes, but wouldn't fare much batter later in the game.

Things turned ugly 4 minutes later when Vitaly Vishnevski tried to unload an elbow on Sharks captain Patrick Marleau's head. Mike Grier immediately went after Vishnevski, drawing a double minor for cross-checking.

The one bright spot for the Sharks all evening was the penalty-kill, which suppressed the Predators five power play opportunities, including the 4-minute infraction to Grier.

After a scoreless middle period, the Predators put three pucks past Nabokov with a steady stream of traffic in front of the net. Martin Erat would tally his 13th of the season on a backhand shot as he cut across the slot a minute into the 3rd period.

Weber would use a Scott Hartnell screen to slip his second goal of the evening by Nabokov for the 4-0 lead.

David Legwand would redirect a shot from Erat while skating through the slot to cap the scoring. Erat simply threw the puck toward the slot from the right point, hitting Legwand 10 feet in front of the net. The puck changed directions, fooling Nabokov for this 20th goal of the season.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 0 0
NSH 2 0 3 5
1st period - 1, NSH, Dumont 12 (unassisted), 6:22. 2, NSH, Weber 9 (Arnott), 10:02
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 3, NSH, Erat 13 (Fiddler), 1:13. 4, NSH, Weber 10 (Hamhuis, Smithson), 6:27. 5, NSH, Legwand 20 (Erat, Timonen), 12:29.
1st period - Grier, SJ (double minor - cross checking), 14:00.
2nd period - Cheechoo, SJ (boarding), 3:57; Michalek, SJ (hooking), 10:39; Radulov, NSH (hooking), 11:40; Erat, NSH (high sticking), 18:53.
3rd period - Ehrhoff, SJ (kneeing), 3:35; Sullivan, NSH (hooking), 13:48.
  Shots Saves
SJ - Toskala 5 3
SJ - Nabokov 28 25
NSH - Vokoun2222
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 5 8 22
NSH 12 9 12 33
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
NSH 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Shea Weber
Tomas Vokoun
Martin Erat
Referees: Gord Dwyer, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen: Thor Nelson, Tony Sericolo.

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