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Canucks help SJ get right
Sharks win again in B.C.
10/15/07 - by Mike Lee

Vancouver has proven to be the place to get your scoring woes straightened out. At least if you're the Sharks. San Jose put 4 pucks past Roberto Luongo en route to a 4-2 win at GM Place, their second win in British Columbia in the past week. The Sharks scored three 3rd period goals in less than 3 minutes to jump back into the Pacific Division lead. Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo had a goal and an assist each to lead the Sharks.

The Sharks overcame a horrid opening period that was laden with penalties to anyone in teal. Jeremy Roenick led the parade to the penalty box with a hooking penalty just 3 minutes into the game. Defensemen Matt Carle and Christian Ehrhoff would draw penalties 1:17 apart, giving the Canucks 43 seconds of 5-on-3 power play time. Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov weathered that storm, but was forced to face another power play 2 minutes later.

After Steve Bernier drove to the Canucks net, Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell went after Bernier. Three other Canucks joined in on the ruckus, but when things finally settled down Criag Rivet and Mitchell were given off-setting fighting majors and Douglas Murray earned a 2-minute stay in the box for roughing.

The Canucks opened the game scoring on a Vancouver power play after Brad Isbister bounced a shot off the right post that bounced out into the slot. With Nabokov covering the right side of the net, the rebound bounced off Taylor Pyatt's right skate and into the net. The Canucks had the man advantage on the play after the Sharks were whistled for too many men on the ice.

Daniel Sedin missed on a sure goal midway through the period, when Nabokov robbed him with a diving save across the crease. Sedin snapped a one-timer on a rebound, but the Sharks goaltender gloved it to keep San Jose within one goal.

The Sharks would tie the game on their own 5-on-3, when Steve Bernier converted for his 1st goal of the season. Patrick Marleau hit Bernier in stride with a 60-foot pass as the Sharks split two Vancouver defenders. Bernier skated in uncontested and slipped a shot past Roberto Luongo for the 1-1 tie.

The Sharks took advantage of a roughing penalty on Matt Cooke to open the 3rd period when Joe Pavelski deposited the puck after Luongo gave up a big rebound. Craig Rivet sent in a blast from the point that Luongo couldn't control. Pavelski grabbed the rebound in the slot then slid around a fallen Luongo before tucking the puck into the Vancouver net for the 2-1 lead.

Thornton would add to the Sharks lead by scoring the first even strength goal of the season just 72 seconds later. Thornton grabbed a puck as it pin-balled in the slot and slipped it under Luongo, who lay sprawled out in the crease.

Cheechoo padded the Sharks lead 2 minutes later to bag his 1st goal of the season. Cheechoo's persistence paid dividends after he kept battling for control of the puck in the slot, before finally lifting a shot over Luongo's shoulder. After jamming the puck into Luongo's pads, the puck bounced out to the left corner of the rink. Cheechoo chased it down, fought off a check, then snapped the puck home to give the Sharks a 3 goal lead.

Vancouver cut the Sharks lead to 4-2 on a power play conversion of their own when Henrik Sedin one-timed a feed from his brother, after Thornton was sent to the box for delay of game.

The game ended with a flurry of penalties after several players decided to mix it up in front of the Vancouver net. Milan Michalek squared off against two Canucks along the boards, while Cooke had Ryane Clowe by the neck with a chokehold. Rivet tried to aid his teammate, but was pulled away by another Canuck. The Canucks earned an unusual 10 minute misconduct penalty for having a player leave the bench during the skirmish.

Game Notes:

Rob Davison and Curtis Brown were healthy scratches. Murray and Jeremy Roenick returned to the lineup in their place. The two teams combined for 94 total penalty minutes.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 3 4
VAN 0 1 1 2
1st period - None,
2nd period - 1, VAN, Pyatt 2 (Isbister, Naslund), 3:04, (pp). 2, SJ, Bernier 1 (Marleau, Nabokov), 14:52, (pp).
3rd period - 3, SJ, Pavelski 1 (Rivet, Thornton), 2:33, (pp). 4, SJ, Thornton 3 (Clowe, Cheechoo), 3:45. 5, SJ, Cheechoo 1 (Ehrhoff, Clowe), 5:53. 6, VAN, H. Sedin 2 (D. Sedin, Kesler), 13:17, (pp).
1st period - Roenick, SJ (hooking), 3:15; Carle, SJ (holding), 11:05; Ehrhoff, SJ (hooking), 12:22; Murray, SJ (roughing), 14:51; Rivet, SJ (fighting major), 14:51; Mitchell, VAN (fighting major), 14:51; Morrison, VAN (hooking), 18:46.
2nd period - Team, SJ (too many men), 2:28; Rivet, SJ (holding), 4:31; Murray, SJ (fighting major), 9:37; Rypien, VAN (fighting major), 9:37; Mitchell, VAN (hooking), 13:18; Ohlund, VAN (holding), 13:22.
3rd period - Cooke, VAN (roughing), 2:27; Rypien, VAN (hooking), 7:53; Thornton, SJ (delay of game), 11:51; Ohlund, VAN (interference), 17:58; Marleau, SJ (slashing), 19:31; Clowe, SJ (roughing), 19:31; Clowe, SJ (10 min misconduct), 19:31; Cooke, VAN (game misconduct), 19:31; Ritchie, VAN (10 min misconduct); 19:31; Ritchie, VAN (roughing), 19:31; Team, VAN (player leaving the bench), 19:31; Miller, VAN (10 min misconduct), 19:31.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 26 24
VAN - Luongo3430
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 6 15 13 34
VAN 8 8 10 26
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 7
VAN 2 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Jonathan Cheechoo
Joe Thornton
Joe Pavelski
Referees: Steve Kozari, Tim Peel Linesmen: Lyle Seitz, Jay Sharrers.

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