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Rebound in L.A.
Roenick's game winner one step closer to 500
11/3/07 - by Mike Lee

Jeremy Roenick took one more step closer to 500 goals on Saturday night by bagging #499 against one of his former teams, the Los Angeles Kings 3-1. Roenick's goal helped his current team, the San Jose Sharks, exact a little revenge on the Kings, who defeated the Sharks just 24 hours earlier. Rather than trying to unleash the wrath of vengeance on the Kings, the Sharks kept things simple and chipped away with a steady dose of sustained pressure on Los Angeles goaltender Jason Labarbera.

Roenick's return to Los Angeles wasn't necessarily a pleasant one for the veteran Shark, who played for the Kings in 2005-06. Roenick's stay in LA that season was short lived, due in part to injuries which kept him out of 24 games that season. Kings fans don't think to highly of the veteran letting him hear about it every time he touched the puck, showering him with boos.

His 2nd period goal broke a 1-1 tie, and turned out to be the game winning goal. Roenick pounced on a rebound in front of the Kings net, then wrested a shot past Labarbera at 10:38 of the period. Alexei Semanov setup the goal bybouncing a shot of the Kings netminder.

It turned out to be reunion night at the Staples Center, with former Sharks Brad Stuart and Tom Preissing on he blueline for the Kings. Stuart helped the Kings tie the game in the 1st period after Joe Pavelski had staked the Sharks to the early lead.

Stuart ripped a slap shot from the blueline just as a Matt Carle interference penalty expired. Sharks netminder Evgeni Nabokov was late in reacting to Stuart's bomb.

Pavelski broke an 0-for-13 streak on the power play with his 3rd goal of the season, one-timing a feed from Joe Thornton just 2:21 into the game. Alexander Frolov was in the box serving a hooking penalty, which allowed the Sharks to work out the kinks on their 20th ranked power play. The Kings stopped all five power play chances the Sharks had on Friday night.

It would be San Jose's only chance on the man-advantage. Referees Kerry Fraser and Wes McCauley called a loose game, only assessing 4 penalties all night, three on the Sharks.

Jonathan Cheechoo completed the scoring with a one-timer of his own, ripping a shot that beat Labarera. Thornton once again setup the goal with a feed that Cheechoo slipped through Labarbera's pads for the insurance goal.

Cheechoo just missed on another goal late in the game after Kigs head coach Mark Crawford pulled Labarbera for the extra attacker. Cheechoo's shot barely missed hitting the side of the net.

Game Notes:

Semanov was in the lineup, because Sharks head coach Ron Wilson benched Christian Ehrhoff and Patrick Rissmiller for their sub-par performance at home on Friday.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 1 3
LA 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 3 (Thornton, Cheechoo), 2:21, (pp). 2, LA, Stuart 2 (unassisted), 5:28.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Roenick 4 (Semanov, McLaren), 10:38.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Cheechoo 3 (Thornton), 13:37.
1st period - Frolov, LA (hooking), 1:08; Carle, SJ (interference), 3:27; Semanov, SJ (hooking), 7:38; Michalek, SJ (hooking), 13:37.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - McLaren, SJ (hooking), 15:02.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 25 24
LA - Labarbera 28 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 10 10 8 28
LA 9 5 11 25
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 1
LA 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Jeremy Roenick
Joe Thornton
Evgeni Nabokov
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Wes McCauley. Linesmen: Mark Pare, Tony Sericolo.

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