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Power outage
Sharks offense blacks out
10/13/07 - by Mike Lee

Call it an omen. With a charged sellout crowd in attendance at HP Pavilion on Saturday night, the power went out during warm ups, resulting in a 30 delay to the game. The Sharks had a power outage of their own on the ice, waiting until the final 38 seconds of the game to slip a puck past the Boston Bruins and their goaltender Tim Thomas. The Bruins turned out the lights on the game 26 seconds later when Aaron Ward scored the game winner to end one of the more memorable home openers in Sharks history.

Milan Michalek and Joe Thornton teamed up to stun the Bruins late in the game after goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was pulled. Thornton grabbed a Christian Ehrhoff shot behind the Bruins net, then skated along the end boards from right to left. The former Bruin center put on the breaks before firing a pass through the slot to Michalek, who ripped a shot past Thomas to knot the game at 1-1.

San Jose looked destined to at least earn a point in the game, which was only seconds from overtime, but the jubilation turned to disbelief in the blink of an eye.

Ward zapped all the energy out of the building with a 30-footer from the top of the right circle after former Sharks Marco Sturm slipped a feed from the right corner. The play was setup when Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic's clearing attempt hit referee Brad Watson deep in the San Jose zone. Rather than winding out of the Sharks zone, the puck ended up on Patrice Bergeron's stick, then ultimately in the Sharks net.

Nabokov appeared to get a good look at the shot, but he failed to get his glove up in time to stop the game winner.

Bad bounces were at a premium for the Sharks all night long. San Jose started the game with a Steve Bernier shot bouncing off the crossbar, and added 4 shots that rang off the post throughout the evening. San Jose officially put 27 shots on goal, but Boston also blocked 21 attempts and another 23 shots sailed wide of the Bruins goal.

The Sharks threw 13 shots at Thomas in the 2nd period, which was accentuated by the fact that the Bruins goaltender's teammates couldn't muster a single shot against the Sharks in the period. The feat tied a Sharks record for fewest shots in a period by an opposing team.

“When you think of your home opener and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it and it wasn’t there…you don’t even get the national anthem, you just go out skate around and play,” siad Sharks head coach Ron Wilson.

On a night when Thornton was supposed to be the player with a grudge to settle against his former team, the Sharks center was upstaged by Sturm, the only remaining player on Boston's roster that was involved in the trade that brought Thornton San Jose. Sturm was involved in both of Boston's goals, also setting up Patrice Bergeron with the game's first goal at 16:23 of the 1st period.

With the puck bouncing around the slot in front of Nabokov, Sturm crashed the net, ending up on top of the sharks goaltender, while Bergeron fought off a Joe Pavelski check to lift the puck into the Sharks goal for the early 1-0 lead.

That lead looked as if it would hold up given the Sharks shortcomings on the power play. The special teams failed to convert on five man-up attempts. The anemic special teams play has been a big reason the Sharks have only won two of their first five games. San Jose has only scored 3 goals or more in one game this season. Power outages don't seem to be limited to big loud buildings in San Jose.

Game Notes:

The Sharks probably had something else in mind, when it came to the debut of the new scoreboard and video ring system. With the start of the game already 30 minutes behind schedule, the Sharks scrapped a number of pre-game festivities, including the introduction of the team as well as the return of Mike Ricci and Bryan Marchment to non-playing roles in the organization. There was also no national anthem.

Jeremy Roenick was a scratch after straining a knee in Chicago earlier in the week.

“I thought our guys played hard tonight and we got some breaks and we got a few pokes and we had a bit of luck but you know sometime some teams find a way to win and we did,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

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1 2 3 T
BOS 1 0 1 2
SJ 0 0 1 1
1st period - 1, BOS, Bergeron 3 (Sturm, Murray), 16:23.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 2, SJ, Michalek 3 (Thornton, Ehrhoff), 19:22. 3, BOS, Ward 2 (Sturm, Bergeron), 19:48.
1st period - Sturm, BOS (holding the stick), 4:02; Rivet, SJ (hooking), 4:02; Alberts, BOS (hooking), 9:12; Grier, SJ (interference), 12:57.
2nd period - Ward, BOS (hooking), 1:18; Ward, BOS (delay of game - puck over glass), 3:38; Rivet, SJ (interference), 6:40; Mitchell, SJ (tripping), 9:10; Wideman, BOS (hooking, 12:45.
3rd period - Sturm, BOS (hooking), 4:11.
Shots Saves
BOS - Thomas 27 26
SJ - Nabokov2018
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
BOS 12 0 8 20
SJ 4 13 10 27
Power Play Conversion
BOS 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Tim Thomas
Patrice Bergeon
Marco Sturm
Referees: Stephane Auger, Brad Watson Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Brad Lazarowich.

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