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Plenty of home offense
Sharks win 2nd straight at HP Pavilion
12/13/07 - by Mike Lee

So much for killer whales hunting shark. The Sharks feasted on Canuck for the 3rd time this season with a 5-2 win at HP Pavilion. Ten different players contributed points for San Jose, who won two consecutive games at home for only the 2nd time this season. Vancouver limped into town without goaltender Roberto Luongo, Brad Isbister, and Brendan Morrison.

Milan Michalek opened the game's scoring with one of the prettiest goals of the season. With Jason Jaffray in the box for hooking Christian Ehrhoff, Michalek took a pass from Joe Thornton at the Canucks blueline, then raced past Willie Mitchell on the right wing. Michalek then cut across the slot and roofed a shot past Vancouver goaltender Curtis Sanford as Mitchell tried stopping the scoring chance with a two handed slash.

Sanford was in goal, because Roberto Luongo suffered a rib injury against the Minnesota Wild almost to weeks ago.

Patrick Marleau stung the Canucks with 26 seconds remaining in the period on a goal that was almost identical to Michalek's. The only difference was that Marleau scooted up the left wing. He took a feed from Marcel Goc then steamed up the left wing boards, before cutting to his right across the slot and lifting another shot that sailed past Sanford.

Sanford's night got worse at 12:42 of the 2nd period when Joe Pavelski one-timed a shot from the high slot, scoring his 7th goal of the season. Curtis Brown fed Pavelski from the right wing boards, but it looked as if Sanford had a good look at the shot and had time to react. That wasn't the case as the puck slipped between Sanford's pads for the 3-0 Sharks lead.

Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault would pull Sanford in favor of rookie Drew MacIntyre, who wouldn't fare much better.

Both teams would trade penalties late in the period, setting up a 4-on-4 situation for the final minute of play. Kyle McLaren just missed giving the Sharks a 4 goal lead, when his shot from the point rang off the left post. MacIntyre was able to get a piece of the shot with his pad, pushing it just wide of the goal mouth.

Henrik Sedin would finally get the Canucks on the board at the 5:09 mark of the 3rd period with a shot from point blank range. Lukas Krajicek feathered a pass through the slot, that just slipped past Sandis Ozolinsh. Sedin easily put the shot into a wide open Sharks goal.

Nabokov would make life tough for himself when he kicked the puck into his own net, after he made the save on a shot by Trevor Linden. As the puck sat under his left pad, Nabokov panicked and tried to shift in order to find the puck, but in doing so, his pad pushed it over the goal line.

Thornton would respond 41 seconds later after the Canucks turned the puck over at their own blueline. Devin Setoguchi chipped at a pass that was intended for Alex Burrows, pushing to Thornton who had nothing but open ice between he and MacIntyre. Thornton skated in 15 feet past the blueline then ripped a slap shot past MacIntyre.

The Canucks would shoot themselves in the foot a minute later when Krajicek turned the puck over in front of his own net. Steve Bernier pounced on the loose puck and swatted home his 8th goal of the season.

Game Notes:

Defenseman Matt Carle sat for eh second straight game. The ongoing battle between Matt Cooke and Thornton failed to bubble over. Both players recorded hits against the other player, but the chippiness failed to materialize. Thornton spent several minutes in the 3rd period debating with referee Mick McGeogh after taking a stick to his jaw.

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1 2 3 T
VAN 0 0 2 2
SJ 2 1 2 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Michalek 10 (Thornton), 11:40, (pp). 2, SJ, Marleau 6 (Goc, Ehrhoff), 19:34.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Pavelski 7 (Brown, Rivet), 12:42.
3rd period - 4, VAN, H. Sedin 6 (Krajicek, Raymond), 5:09. 5, VAN, Linden 3 (Burrows, Edler), 10:06. 6, SJ, Thornton 13 (Setoguchi), 10:47. 7, SJ, Bernier 8 (unassisted), 11:47.
1st period - Jaffray, VAN (hooking), 10:25;
2nd period - D. Sedin, VAN (holding), 18:58; Michalek, SJ (high sticking), 19:05.
3rd period - Jaffray, VAN (hooking), 16:57; Ehrhoff, SJ (holding, 18:55.
Shots Saves
VAN - Sanford 12 9
VAN - MacIntyre 11 9
SJ - Nabokov 17 15
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
VAN 4 6 7 17
SJ 6 7 10 23
Power Play Conversion
VAN 0 of 2
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Joe Thornton
Craig Rivet
Referees: Marc Joannette, Michael McGeogh. Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Tony Sericolo.

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