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Sharks avenge OT loss
Arnott taken off on stretcher in 4-1 SJ win
11/17/08 - By Mike Lee

A week ago, the Sharks were kicking themselves for blowing a lead against the Nashville Predators. On Monday night, they were kicking those same Predators in the teeth en route to a 4-1 win at the Sommet Center . Four different Sharks scored to help pace San Jose to a 3rd consecutive win, their 16th of the season. San Jose didn’t win their 16th game last season until the middle of December.

For the second straight night, the Sharks took a 2-0 lead in the 1st period, but rather than allow their opposition to claw back, the Sharks kept their foot on the gas. Devin Setoguchi would score his 11th goal on the power play on a bang-bang play in tight. Joe Thornton setup the goal with one of his patented feeds from behind the net.

The Sharks received offensive help from an unlikely source, when Jody Shelley chipped in his 1st goal of the season from a scrum in front of Predators goaltender Dan Ellis. With Brad Staubitz fighting for control of the puck, Shelley drove into the pile and pooched the shot over Ellis.

The game was marred by a serious injury to Predators centerman Jason Arnott, who was checked head first into the Sharks goal with 2.9 seconds remaining in the period. Driving to the net, Arnott was clipped by Joe Pavelski and appeared to jam his head into the back of the goal after sailing over Sharks goaltender Brian Boucher.

Arnott lay facedown on the ice for several minutes and was taken off the ice on a backboard. A report from the hospital during the 2nd period indicated that Arnott was moving his extremities.

Everyone in the building expected the Predators to come out firing, but it was the Sharks that stepped up play. Tomas Plihal would extend the Sharks lead to 3-0 at 7:43 on a fluke play. With the Predators trying to gain the offensive zone, the puck cycled around the right wing boards, before deflecting out to Plihal who grabbed the loose puck and raced up the left side an ripped a shot past Ellis.

Patrick Marleau pushed the lead to 4-0 less than 4 minutes later on a strong play in front of Ellis. The Sharks captain out-muscled Ryan Suter for the puck as the pair jostled for position at the top of the crease. The puck kicked out to Marleau’s left, allowing him to sweep it into the Nashville goal.

Things would start to get chippy once San Jose had established their big lead. Shelley and Greg de Vries dropped the gloves for the first of their two scraps on the night.

Boucher came up big in the 3rd period, with a series of tough saves. The Sharks didn’t make things any easier on their netminder by sending Brad Lokowich and Marcel Goc to the box on overlapping penalties. Boucher made a pair of sprawling saves to maintain the Sharks big lead.

Joe Thornton and Scott Nichol mixed it up early in a lop-sided affair that looked more like a vaudeville act than a fight with Thornton out-reaching the shorter Nichol by a foot. Staubitz and Jordan Tootoo squared off to settle a score that began brewing earlier in the game. The Shelley – de Vries main event capped the evening with Shelley opening up de Vries’ nose with a nasty uppercut.

David Legwand finally solved Boucher at 9:27 while the Sharks were on their 7th power play of the game. Legwand took a lead pass from Dan Hamhuis after cheating at the Sharks blueline. Boucher made the initial save, but Legwand jammed home the rebound to snap the shutout bid.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan called a timeout following the goal to let his players know that he was not pleased with their play on the previous sequence. Boucher would closeout the contest with 32 saves to earn his 6th win of the season.

Game Notes:

The quick two game trip concluded the Sharks father's trip, which started Saturday in Chicago. The team will stay in Nashville Monday night and return home on Tuesday. The player's fathers were allowed to attend team meetings and practices over the course of the past three days. The group sat perched in a luxury suite at Sommet Center on Monday night cheering their sons on. Staubitz recorded his 1st NHL point, assisting on Shelley's goal.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 2 2 0 4
NSH 0 0 1 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Setoguchi 11 (Thornton, Marleau), 14:38 , (pp). 2, SJ, Shelley 1 (Staubitz, Blake), 16:05.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Plihal 2 (unassisted), 7:43 . 4, SJ, Marleau 9 (Ehrhoff, Setoguchi), 11:12.
3rd period - 5, NSH, Legwand 3 (Hamhuis, Bonk), 9:27 , (sh).
Penalties
1st period - Zanon, NSH (holding), 5:44 ; Suter, NSH (interference), 9:31 ; Tootoo, NSH (charging), 14:02 ; Marleau, SJ (hooking), 19:39.
2nd period - Weber, NSH (holding), 1:25; de Vries, NSH (boarding), 4:38; Tootoo, NSH (cross checking), 8:17; Shelley, SJ (fighting major), 11:45; Staubitz, SJ (roughing), 11:45; de Vries, NSH (fighting major), 11:45; Tootoo, NSH (roughing), 11:45; Lukowich, SJ (interference), 12:07; Roenick, SJ (slashing), 18:38.
3rd period - Lukowich, SJ (roughing), 2:37; Goc, SJ (tripping), 4:24; Thornton, SJ (fighting major), 6:40; Nichol, NSH (fighting major), 6:40; Staubitz, SJ (fighting major), 6:42; Tootoo, NSH (fighting major), 6:42; Shelley, SJ (fighting major), 6:46; de Vries, NSH (fighting major), 6:46; Fiddler, NSH (hooking), 7:31; Lukowich, SJ (interference), 16:06.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Boucher 33 32
NSH - Ellis 32 28
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 14 10 8 32
NSH 5 12 16 33
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 7
NSH 0 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Devin Setoguchi
Brian Boucher
Patrick Marleau
Attendence
13,312
Officials
Referees: L'Ecuyer, O'Halloran. Linesmen: Driscoll, Pare.

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