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Canes blown away
Three Shark defenseman score in 5-1 win
11/1/09 - By Mike Lee -

Back on the road after their brief respite at home, the Sharks got off to a big start, feasting on the Carolina Hurricanes in a 5-1 win in Raleigh on Sunday afternoon. Skating in an early matinee, the Sharks got scoring from five different players, including three from defenseman in a white washing.

As has become customary this season, the Sharks used the opening period to feel out their opponent. The big difference is that they didn’t allow their opponent to jump out to a 1st period lead, which unfortunately also become customary in the season’s opening month.

Perhaps with the new month comes new habits, and preventing the opposition from scoring early would be a big one. Jamie McGinn almost gave the Sharks the lead in that opening period, clanking a shot off the post with a blast from the slot.

Evgeni Nabokov came up huge with a snow angel save after deflecting a big shot out into the slot. The puck was pushed back toward the Sharks net, but Nabokov got a glove on it, before some defensive help arrived to clear it out of the crease.

Brandon Sutter, a 4th line forward, got the Hurricanes on the board first by scooping up a loose puck just inside his own blueline then racing up the left wing before snapping a shot past Nabokov.

Defenseman Kent Huskins tied things up just 77 seconds later with his first goal as a Shark. Huskins carried the puck into the Carolina zone, putting a shot on Cam Ward from the slot. The puck trickled to the end boards, where Huskins reclaimed the puck then threw a shot from the goal line on the right side, beating Ward.

Brad Staubitz made it 2-1 72 seconds after Huskins goal with a nice second effort down low. Staubitz circled toward the right post as Jody Shelley slid a pass over to him for the quick snap-shot. With defenseman Andrew Alberts draped all over him, Staubitz lifted the puck past Ward for his second goal of the season.

Douglas Murray decided to get in on the act, by scoring his first goal in two seasons with just under 5 minutes remaining in the period. The Defenseman saw an opportunity to pinch and took a Joe Thornton feed right in front of the Carolina net before putting a shot past Ward. Thornton was parked behind the net and found the big defenseman for his 15th assist of the season.

Ryane Clowe earned the secondary assist on the play, giving him points in consecutive games for the first time this season.

The Hurricanes went on the power play late in the period after Manny Malhotra was whistled for running into Ward. San Jose would get out of the period unscathed, but not before Carolina right winger Tuomo Ruutu just missed on a one-time chance from the slot that narrowly missed the Sharks net.

Chad Larose put a shot off the left post early in the 3rd period as the Hurricanes put on an early rush in order to get back into the game. Ray Whitney put a one time shot on another Carolina rush moments later, but Nabokov stoned him, and in the process setup a huge counterattack for San Jose.

Patrick Marleau scooped up the rebound along the right wing boards and skated up the wing, while Marc-Edouard Vlasic raced up the weak side. Marleau saw the defenseman headed toward the Carolina net, then sent a pass that hit Vlasic on the tape for the redirect past Ward for the 4-1 lead.

A slashing penalty to Alberts put the Sharks on the power play midway through the period, and Marelau would cash in with his 11th goal of the season. Marleau took a cross-ice pass from Thornton near the right circle, then sent a Howitzer shot that popped Ward’s water bottle off the net.

Game Notes:

Murray went 109 games between goals, last scoring against the Philadelphia Flyers in February of 2008. Marleau’s assist in the 3rd period extended his point scoring streak to 8 games. Eric Staal suffered an upper body injury in the middle period and did not return.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 3 2 5
CAR 0 1 0 1
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, CAR, Sutter 2 (Kostopoulos, Larose), 2:48. 2, SJ, Huskins 1 (unassisted), 4:05. 3, SJ, Staubitz 2 (Shelley, Couture), 5:27. 4, SJ, Murray 1 (Thornton, Clowe), 14:52.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Vlasic 2 (Marleau, Blake), 4:20. 6, SJ, Marleau 11 (Thornton, Heatley), 11:12, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - Pitkanen, CAR (holding), 1:06; Staubitz, SJ (interference), 12:13.
2nd period - Ward, CAR (slashing), 6:16; Malhotra, SJ (goaltender interference), 17:52.
3rd period - Ferriero, SJ (hooking), 1:16; Larose, CAR (high sticking), 7:35; Alberts, CAR (slashing), 10:27; Walker , CAR (goaltender interference), 13:06.
 
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 26 25
CAR - Ward 25 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 11 5 25
CAR 8 5 13 26
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 5
CAR 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Evgeni Nabokov
Ryane Clowe
Attendence
15,089
Officials
Referees: Auger, Jackson. Linesmen: Devorski, Mach.

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