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Sedin's OT goal ends streak
Nabokov sets new franchise shutout record
3/9/07 - by Mike Lee

The Sharks used a late power play goal from Patrick Marleau to salvage a point after Vanocouver Canucks forward Henrik Sedin took a 3rd period hooking penalty. Sedin made amends for his gaff by slipping past the Sharks defense in overtime to beat Evgeni Nabokov and steal two points at HP Pavilion on Friday night.

The two teams played cat and mouse for two periods, exchanging limited chances in the opening period, but neither team could muster any real scoring chances. The Sharks squandered 24 seconds of 5-on-3 power play time, when the three Canucks defenders wrestled the puck away from the Sharks along the right wing boards, clearing away the two-man advantage.

Nabokov held the Canucks scoreless through two periods, setting a new franchise record for consecutive shutout minutes. The Sharks netminder deserved better after turning aside all 18 shots the Canucks threw at him in the 2nd period.

Vancouver took control of the game with extended pressure on Nabokov.

Taylor Piatt just missed on a chance in the closing seconds of the middle period. The Canucks forward would make up for his miss, 1:06 into the 3rd period with his 18th goal of the season, ending Nabokov's shutout streak at 166 minutes, 7 seconds. Pyatt scooped up a Denial Sedin rebound just outside the Sharks crease and lifted the puck into a wide open net.

Sedin was sent off at 12:07 of the 3rd to give the Sharks power play opportunity. San Jose was 0-for-20 in their last three games on the man-advantage. Matt Carle setup Marleau's goal by finding Joe Thornton in the neutral zone on the breakout. Thornton skated across the blueline then held the puck before finding Marleau cutting in on goal. The Sharks captain hit the 30-goal mark for the season by putting the Thorton feed past Luongo to tie things at 1-1.

Markus Naslund was sent off with 3:25 to play in regulation after he hit Marc-Edouard Vlasic with a high-stick in the face. The Sharks failed to match Marleau's power play goal with a late tally which would have likely give the Sharks the win in regulation.

San Jose never put a shot on Luongo in the extra period, and Sedin ended things when Kevin Bieksa sent a lead pass to Sedin, who had slipped past Kyle McLaren and Craig Rivet.

Nabokov made the initial save on Sedin, but the Canucks winger put the rebound past the Sahrks goaltender to end things.

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1 2 3 OT T
VAN 0 0 1 1 2
SJ 0 0 1 0 1
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 1, VAN, Pyatt 18 (D. Sedin, Mitchell), 1:06. 2, SJ, Marleau 30 (Thornton, Carle), 13:02, (pp).
Overtime - 3, VAN, H. Sedin 9 (Bieksa), 3:30.
1st period - Salo, VAN (tripping), 7:14; Luongo, VAN (delay of game - illegal goalie play), 8:50.
2nd period - Clowe, SJ (interference), 7:17.
3rd period - Rivet, SJ (interference), 4:47; H. Sedin, VAN (hooking), 12:07; Naslund, VAN (high sticking), 16:35.
Overtime - None.
  Shots Saves
VAN - Luongo 26 25
SJ - Nabokov 37 35
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
VAN 7 18 10 2 37
SJ 8 10 8 0 26
Power Play Conversion
VAN 0 of 2
SJ 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Evgeni Nabokov
Roberto Luongo
Henrik Sedin
Referees: Gord Dwyer, Brad Meier. Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, Vaughan Rody.

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