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Campbell's debut a winner
Three 3rd period goals seal win
2/27/08 - by Mike Lee

The Brian Campbell era began for the Sharks in Columbus on Wednesday night, and the addition of the All-Star defenseman infused a spark in the lineup. Four different lines converted for San Jose, en route to a 4-2 win over the host Blue Jackets. Campbell contributed with an assist and helped breath some life back into a power play unit that went 2-for-5. San Jose scored three unanswered goals in the 2nd period to overcome a 2-1 deficit and win their third straight game.

Campbell's presence was felt immediately, as the Sharks scored on their first power play of the game. Jonathan Cheechoo continued his hot streak, bagging his 19th goal of the season after Ole-Kristian Tollefsen was sent off for hooking. Cheechoo redirected a Joe Pavelski blast past Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire after the Sharks connected on a series of crisp passes in the Columbus zone.

David Vyborny tied the game with the first of two goals on the night at 14:56. Gilbert Brule setup the goal with a blast from the left point that Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov failed to squeeze. Brule's shot bounced out of Nabokov's glove, landing in the crease just outside the right post. Vyborny swept in uncontested and easily tapped in the puck for his 4th goal of the year.

Vyborny would put the Blue Jackets up 2-1 at the 8 minute mark of the 2nd period, with a shot that looked like a carbon copy of his first tally. Jan Hejda threw the puck on net from the point, and Vyborny was there to pick up the rebound and backhand the puck into a wide open net. The Sharks were guilty of following the puck as it kicked out to Hejda, leaving Vyborny all by himself in front of Nabokov.

The goal also lit a spark in the Sharks, who would turn up the offensive pressure.

Torrey Mitchell would knot the game at 2-2 three minutes after Vyborny's 2nd goal on a tip job that redirected past Leclaire. Matt Carle fired a shot from the blueline along the left wing boards, rising on its way to the net. Mitchell got his stick on the shot, fooling Leclaire after the trajectory shifted.

Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash tried to spark his team by going after Campbell 2 minutes later for no apparent reason. Nash dropped the gloves while the two were standing behind the Sharks net, then took a roughing penalty, which setup the Sharks 2nd power play goal of the game. Douglas Murray skated to his teammates aid, but was not assessed a third-man-in penalty.

Jeremy Roenick would make the Blue Jackets pay for Nash's transgression with his 505th career goal on a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle. Joe Thornton setup the goal with a cross-ice pass from his usual spot near the right dot.

Jared Boll went after Murray at the drop of the next puck at center ice, which resulted in a classic fight. Boll assumed Jody Shelley's enforcer roll for Columbus after was traded to San Jose last month. The two threw several haymakers during an extended battle that lasted over a minute.

The Sharks would cap the game's scoring with 1:08 remaining in the period when Joe Pavelski bounced a would be pass off centerman Jiri Novotny's skate and into the Columbus goal. Pavelski was trying to hit Tomas Plihal with a diagonal pass through the slot, after Plihal got a step on Novotny. Campbell earned his first point as a Shark on the play with the secondary assist. Patrick Marleau also earned an assist after springing Pavelski with a pass from center ice.

With a 2-oal lead on the road, the Sharks buckled down defensively, allowing the Blue Jackets to put a paltry 5 shots on goal in the 3rd period. A hooking penalty on Dick Tarnstrom at 12:51 didn't help the Blue Jackets cause, and another roughing penalty on Nash with 2 minutes to play sealed Columbus' fate.

Game Notes:

10 different Sharks recorded points. Brian Boucher served as Nabokov's backup, watching the game from the bench. Tomas Greiss was scratched and will probably be assigned to Worcester in the next day or two. Defensemen Sandis Ozolinsh, Alexei Semanov and Kyle McLaren were also scratches.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 3 0 4
CBJ 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Cheechoo 19 (Pavelski, Thornton), 7:28, (pp). 2, CBJ, Vyborny 4 (Brule), 14:56.
2nd period - 3. CBJ, Vyborny 5 (Hejda, Nash), 7:54. 4, SJ, Mitchell 10 (Carle, Grier), 10:51. 5, SJ, Roenick 10 (Thornton, Rivet), 13:57, (pp). 6, SJ, Pavelski 13 (Marleau, Campbell), 18:52.
3rd period - None.
Penalties
1st period - Tollefson, CBJ (hooking), 6:26; Murray, SJ (elbowing), 12:50.
2nd period - Hejda, CBJ (interference), 0:20; Nash, CBJ (roughing), 12:44; Murray, SJ (fighting major), 14:02; Boll, CBJ (fighting major), 14:02; Rivet, SJ (hooking), 15:13.
3rd period - Tarnstrom, CBJ (hooking), 12:51; Nash, SJ (roughing), 18:00.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 19 17
CBJ - Leclaire 32 28
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 7 11 14 32
CBJ 6 8 5 19
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 5
CBJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
David Vyborny
Joe Thornton
Attendence
16,029
Officials
Referees: Jackson, McGeough. Linesmen: Driscoll, Kovachik.

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