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Doormat ends streak
Roloson stops 48 shots in victory
3/16/08 - by Mike Lee

The streak is over. The Sharks ran into a red hot Dwayne Roloson, who made 48 saves in 65 minutes of play, then stopped 3-of-4 shots in the shootout to help the Edmonton Oilers win 2-1. San Jose put double digit shots on Roloson in each of the regulation periods, but they couldn't solve him. Both teams traded 5-on-3 goals in regulation, then let their goaltenders decide things.

The Sharks once again opened the game in 5th gear, peppering Roloson. San Jose kept the puck in Edmonton's zone for the better part of the first 7 minutes of the game, out shooting the Oilers 7-0. Sharks defenseman accentuated the start by leveling Ladislav Smid with a big hit in front of the San Jose bench.

Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov didn't see anything resembling a scoring chance until Robert Nilsson put two shots on net from point blank range with 5 minutes remaining in the opening period.

A Sam Gagner hooking penalty at 15:56 of the period, followed by a Jarrod Stoll slashing penalty 1:21 later, gave the Sharks a brief 5-on-3 power play. San Jose would take advantage of Edmonton's transgressions with a power play goal from Patrick Marleau. Brian Campbell rang a shot off the right post, but the puck was kept in by the Sharks. Joe Pavelski would exchange passes with Campbell before ripping a shot from the slot that Marleau deflected. The puck hit Roloson in the left leg pad, then trickled across the goal line.

San Jose would outshoot Edmonton 19-6 in the period, and out hit them 15-6.

Cheechoo missed on a point blank range 4:30 into the 2nd period after Joe Thornton forced a turnover behind the Edmonton net. Thornton slipped a feed to Cheechoo at the front of the goal crease, but Roloson stood tall.

Pavelski led a 2-on-1 break with Devin Setoguchi at the game's midway point, which ended in another big stop by Roloson.

The Sharks took simultaneous penalties at 13:28, when Craig Rivet was called for holding and Jody Shelley followed it with an ill advised roughing penalty. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic deflected an Ales Hesmky into his own net on the ensuing 5-on-3 power play. Hemsky shot looked as if it would sail wide right, but Vlasic tried to block the shot.

Roloson continued his spectacular night with a circus save on a Campbell shot from 20 feet out early in the 3rd period. The Sharks defenseman had an open look at the net, sending a shot that rose on Roloson, but the Oilers goaltender snared it with a wave of the glove to preserve the tie.

Nabokov countered with a huge save on a Kyle Brodziak shot from the doorstep a minute later.

One of the few gaffs Roloson made on the night came with 1:29 left in regulation, when he played the puck in the restricted zone outside of the trapezoid. The Oilers goaltender drew a 2-minute minor for the delay of game, but Edmonton would kill of the penalty into the overtime period.

Thornton had a 2-on-nobody break with 1:45 to go in the extra period, but Roloson came up big once again. Thornton opted not to dish the puck, and instead snapped a wrist shot from 25-feet that was deflected wide by the Oilers netminder.

Campbell had a similar chance moments later, but Roloson gloved a shot that looked as if it would sail wide right. He dropped his stick in disust after the whistle blew.

In the shootout, Pavelski snapped a shot that Roloson snared with the glove hand. Nilsson followed with a wrister that beat Nabokov to the stick side. Jeremy Roenick would fire a shot over the net to put the Sharks in the hole. Gagner clanked a shot off the left pipe to keep the shootout going.

Patrick Marleau would beat Roloson with a shot that slipped just inside the left post.

Hemsky put a shot wide to push things to the 4th round. Cheechoo would miss on a shot that Roloson once again gloved. Fernando Pisani ended thins with a backhander that slipped through Nabokov's 5-hole.

Game Notes:

The loss was the Sharks 19th of the season, versus 16 wins on home ice. Even with the miserable home performance, the Sharks still hold the 2nd best overall record in the NHL, 7 points behind the Detroit Red Wings.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
EDM 0 1 0 0 1 2
SJ 1 0 0 0 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 16 (Pavelski, Campbell), 17:55, (pp).
2nd period - 2, EDM, Hemsky 20 (Nilsson, Gagner), 14:06, (pp).
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Pavelski (miss), Roenick (miss), Marleau (goal), Cheechoo (miss). EDM: Nilsson (goal), Gagner (miss), Hemsky (miss), Pisani (goal).
1st period - Gagner, EDM (hooking), 15:56; Stoll, EDM (slashing), 17:17.
2nd period - Stoll, EDM (slashing), 5:43; Rivet, SJ (holding), 13:28; Shelley, SJ (roughing), 13:28.
3rd period - Michalek, SJ (closing hand over puck), 8:19; Gilbert, EDM (tripping), 13:00; Stoll, EDM (hooking), 15:17; Roloson, EDM (delay of game), 18:31.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
EDM - Roloson 49 48
SJ - Nabokov 23 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
EDM 6 6 7 4 23
SJ 19 16 12 2 49
Power Play Conversion
EDM 1 of 3
SJ 1 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Dwayne Roloson
Evgeni Nabokov
Zach Stortini
Referees: Koharski, Warrens Linesmen: Gibbs, Wheler.

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