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Variety works for Sharks
SJ scores 5 goals to chase dogs
11/12/07 - by Mike Lee

There are several ways to score a goal in hockey, and the Sharks dabbled with variety to run the Phoenix Coyotes out of San Jose with a 5-0 pounding. San Jose scored three even strength goals, a power play goal and a short handed tally to win their second straight over Phoenix. They just missed on a penalty shot chance, but made up for it with more than enough offense to win their second straight game.

I can't address enough that's it's always a team effort, said Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. "We had no 2-on-1's today, we had really rare 3-on-2's if any…in the corners the defense was really strong. You know sometime they had momentum, but it's going to happen in every game and we all understand that, but I think with the score 1-0, we still played a patient game and that's what we're looking for."

Joe Pavelski missed on his first career a penalty shot attempt midway through the opening period after Ed Jovanovski hauled him down from behind on a breakaway. Coyotes goaltender Mikael Tellqvist made a nice save on Pavelski's freebie, stuffing the Sharks winger and preserving a 0-0 tie.

Milan Michalek appeared to injure his shoulder on the game's opening shift after getting hit in front of the Phoenix bench. Michalek left the ice hunched over in obvious pain, and headed straight to the Sharks locker room with a strained left elbow. He would return later in the game.

Both teams seemed more interested in expressing their dislike for each other, rather than focus on putting the puck in the opposing goal. Steve Bernier and Derek Morris squared off in a decent fight after Bernier leveled Shane Doan.

The Sharks drew first blood late in the period after defenseman Christian Ehrhoff was sent off for golfing the puck over the glass. On the Phoenix power play, rookie forward Torrey Mitchell intercepted a pass, then sent the puck up ice to a streaking Mike Grier who beat Tellqvist

Things continued to get testy into the middle period. Daniel Carcillo mixed it up after the Coyotes missed on a 4-on-2 break, which ended up with Carcillo caught in the Sharks net. The Phoenix winger took exception to Nabokov's play and took a swing at the Sharks netminder with his stick.

Joe Thornton added another back-breaker with his 7th goal of the season with just 1:09 left in the period on a put back on his own shot. Patrick Marleau setup the play by feeding Thornton after circling around the back of the Coyotes net and along the right wing boards. Thornton sent a shot on goal from 25 feet that Tellqvist stopped, but the puck kicked off Tellqvist's stick, back out to Thornton. The Sharks center easily slipped the rebound into the Coyotes net for the 2-0 lead.

Mitchell took a roughing penalty with 12 seconds remaining in the period to setup the Coyotes with a power play to open the 3rd period, but the Sharks killed the threat.

Devin Setoguchi tacked on a third straight goal for San Jose two minutes after the Mitchell penalty expired with a pretty shot from the bottom of the right circle. Setoguchi whipped the puck back at the goal as he was falling forward while skating toward the right wing boards.

Setoguchi would add another tally at 15:12 on rush up ice that ended with a nifty move at the net that left Tellqvist shaking his head. After Thornton chipped the puck up the right wing boards, Jonathan Cheechoo grabbed the pass and slid a feed to Setoguchi in the slot. In the blink of an eye, Setoguchi made a quick cut to the right before slipping the puck into the net.

"We had a good forecheck. Cheech was first in and the Joe came back and he was pressuring from behind and I came over the top," said Setoguchi. "It was a combination of forechecking that led to a goal."

The Coyotes frustrations boiled over after Setoguchi's goal. After Shane Doan took a hooking penalty, Nick Boynton decided to go after Bernier, hauling him to the ice as he threw several punches. Boynton earned an instigator penalty, a fighting major and a10-minute misconduct.

Thornton would add his second goal of the night on the ensuing 5-on-3 power play, with a shot from his usual position in the right corner. Using Keith Ballard as a screen, Thornton whipped a shot that beat Tellqvist top shelf to the left corner.

The only thing that remained was Nabokov's shutout, which came courtesy of the Sharks commitment to keep the offensive pressure on the Coyotes. Phoenix mustered only 6 shots on goal in the final period. Only a Peter Mueller chance in tight would test Nabokov.

"The 1st period was ok, 2nd period I thought they played pretty well and we weren't very good, and the 3rd period we found our game," said Sharks head coach Ron Wilson. "We relaxed a little bit once we scored the second goal and our offense really started to flow."

Game Notes:

Nabokov made his 25th consecutive start dating back to last season, setting a new franchise record, which was previously held by Chris Terreri. This was Setoguchi's second two goal game. Matt Carle, Marcel Goc and Alexei Semanov were scratches for San Jose.

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1 2 3 T
PHO 0 0 0 0
SJ 1 1 3 5
1st period - SJ, Pavelski (unsuccessful penalty shot), 8:22. 1, SJ, Grier 2 (Mitchell, McLaren), 18:24, (sh).
2nd period - 2, SJ, Thornton 7 (Marleau, Brown), 18:51.
3rd period - 3, SJ, Setoguchi 4 (unassisted), 4:06. 4, Setoguch 5 (Cheechoo, Thornton), 15:12. 5, SJ, Thornton 8 (Ozolinsh, Marleau), 16:33, (pp).
1st period - Morris, PHO (instigator), 3:50; Morris,, PHO (fighting major), 3:50; Morris, PHO (10 min misconduct), 3:50; Bernier, SJ (mighting major), 3:50; Jovanovski, PHO (slashing), 14:38; Ehrhoff, SJ (roughing), 14:38; Ehrhoff, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 17:49; Mitchell, SJ (interference), 19:43.
2nd period - WInnik, PHO (hooking), 3:54; Mitchell, SJ (roughing), 19:48.
3rd period - McLaren, SJ (tripping), 11:13; Doan, PHO (hooking), 15:50; Boynton, PHO (instigator), 15:50; Boynton, PHO (fighting major), 15:50; Boynton, PHO (10 min misconduct), 15:50; Bernier, SJ (fighting major), 15:50; Bernier, SJ (10 min misconduct), 15:50.
Shots Saves
PHO - Telqvist 28 23
SJ - Nabokov 25 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
PHO 11 8 6 25
SJ 8 7 13 28
Power Play Conversion
PHO 0 of 4
SJ 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Torrey Mitchell
Devin Setoguchi
Evgeni Nabokov
Referees: Ian Walsh, Paul Devorski. Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, Jonny Murray.

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