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Boucher still perfect
3-0 shutout in Tampa Bay
10/25/08 - By Mike Lee

Rebounding from their ugliest loss of the season 24 hours earlier, the Sharks added solid defense to their big shot total to knock off the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 at the St Pete Times Forum on Saturday night. Brian Boucher got his second shutout in as many starts to help San Jose refocus on the defensive side of the puck. Three different Sharks scored, including Devin Setoguchi who notched his 5th tally of the season.

Boucher’s solid 22-save performance was more than San Jose could ask for, given their porous performance against the Florida Panthers just a day earlier. Boucher kept thins simple throughout the night and faced only a few scoring chances. The closest Tampa Bay could come to scoring was off a Martin St Louis shot that clanked off the cross bar late in the 2nd period after San Jose had taken a 1-0 lead.

That lead came courtesy of Sharks forward Marcel Goc, who broke a personal 22-game scoring drought. Goc converted a Dan Boyle feed at 7:57 of the 2nd from the top of the left circle. Boyle carried the puck into the Tampa zone, making a bee-line down the slot, before dropping the trailing Goc on the left wing.

Boyle was making his first appearance in Tampa since being traded by his former team last summer.

The Sharks defenseman made no bones about his desire to stick it to his former team, and nothing less than a win would suffice. Boyle’s public ill will toward Lightning management wasn’t misconstrued by Tampa fans, who welcomed the defenseman and Brad Lukowich back with a warm round of applause for both.

Ryane Clowe made it 2-0 Sharks with 2 minutes remaining in the period, after newly signed Lightning defenseman Marek Malik was sent off for interference at 16:09. With the power play winding down, Christian Ehrhoff sent a shot in on net from the point that Clowe deflected with his stick past Lightning goaltender Mike Smith.

Smith was the lone bright spot for the Lightning, stopping 42 of 45 shots, getting a heaping helping of rubber in all three periods. The netminder blanked the Sharks in the opening period, turning aside all 16 shots he faced.

San Jose would throw another 16 shots Smith’s way in the final period, including one that netted Devin Setoguchi his 5th goal of the season. Taking a cycling pass from Joe Thornton behind the Lightning net, Setoguchi circled around the left post with Ryan Malone trailing, before firing a shot that sailed over Smith’s left shoulder.

After surrendering a bushel of goals in their last three games, the Sharks buckled down on the defensive end, limiting the number of shots that Boucher had to face. 2nd start of the season ended like his 1st, with no pucks crossing his own goal line.

Game Notes

Clowe and Ryan Malone squared off in the 1st period in an attempt to create some energy on their respective benches.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 2 1 3
TB 0 0 0 0
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Goc 1 (Boyle, Grier), 7:57. 2, SJ, Clowe 3 (Ehrhoff, Pavelski), 18:00, (pp).
3rd period - 3, SJ, Setoguchi 5 (Thornton, Blake), 16:28.
Penalties
1st period - Clowe, SJ (fighting major), 11:40; Malone, TB (fighting major), 11:40.
2nd period - Ranger, TB (hooking), 0:48; Vlasic, SJ (tripping), 12:59; Ranger, TB (slashing), 13:51; Malik, TB (interference), 16:09; Ehrhoff, SJ (holding), 18:34.
3rd period - Ranger, TB (holding), 3:42; Ward, TB (holding the stick), 13:55; Gratton, TB (hooking), 19:49.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Boucher 22 22
TB - Smith 45 42
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 16 13 16 45
TB 9 7 6 22
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 6
TB 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Brian Boucher
Mike Smith
Dan Boyle
Attendence
16,831
Officials
Referees: Peel, Rooney. Linesmen: Pare, Mach.

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