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Believe it, Sharks score 9
Sharks celebrate MLK Day with goal outburst
1/18/10 - By Mike Lee -

The knock on San Jose the past few games has been the absence of scoring from their second and third lines. That was more than remedied on Monday night as the Sharks scorched the Calgary Flames 9-1 at HP Pavilion on Monday night. San Jose set a franchise record with eight different players scoring goals. It was such a feeding frenzy that 14 of 18 skaters recorded points for San Jose.

The Sharks opened things up and put three pucks past former Sharks netminder Mikka Kiprusoff in the first 15 minutes of the contest. They would repeat that by scoring three goals in each remaining period, man-handling Calgary . Kiprusoff wouldn’t see the end of the game, getting pulled after surrendering the first six Shark goals.

“It’s nice to win a game, one like that where you have a little bit of a cushion to use guys differently and then secondly to see a number of different names on the score sheet," said SHarks head coach Todd McLellan. "Not 15, 12, and 19 all the time. It was a good night but we need to see more of it on a consistent basis.”

Joe Pavelski started the barrage with his 10th goal of the season at 4:07 on an 18-foot shot from the right side that beat Kiprusoff between the five-hole.

Manny Malhotra made it 2-0 Sharks just over two minutes later on a rush up the right side. Malhotra took a feed from Dan Boyle at center ice, then turned on the jets, whipping around Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf. The rangy Sharks forward snapped the 12-foot shot that slipped just inside the right post, giving Malhotra his 8th tally of the season.

Seto really created that space for me by jumping through the defenseman," said Malhotra. It was just execution of what we wanted to do tonight."

Nichol deposited a backhand chance from the left side at 14:34, after Kiprusoff went down trying to stop a Devin Setoguchi shot. Nichol gathered the rebound near the left dot and yanked hi 2nd goal of the season into a wide-open net. It wqas his first tally in 26 games.

It's nice to get rewarded," said Nichol. "We put a lot of hard work in our line. It's nice to get a few bounces here and there. That's why you play the game. It's fun to score and we have our roles, but it's nice to chip in and help the guys out that way."

San Jose made it a 4-goal lead at 12:36 of the 2nd period on a nice counter attack. Ryane Clowe carried the puck up the left wing, hitting Nichol with a pass right at the Flames blueline. Nichol uncorked a shot from between the circles that Kiprusoff stopped, but th netminder’s momentum carried him from right to left, opening up the right side of the net. Jed Ortmeyer crashed the net and poked home the rebound for his first goal in 27 games.

Setoguchi helped setup a 5th goal by drawing a charging penalty on Rene Bourque after he leveled the Flames winger. San Jose converted on the ensuing power play after Joe Thornton created a turnover in the Flames zone, allowing Dan Boyle to send a pass to Dany Heatley who was uncontested in front of the Calgary net. Heatley gathered the puck and rifled a shot off Kiprusoff into the net, giving him a league leading 12th power play goal.

The feeding frenzy continued less than two minutes later when a shot by Nichol was stopped by Kiprusoff, but wasn’t controlled. Clowe jumped in on the scoring action and took two whacks at the puck before banging it home from the doorstep for this 11th of the season.

Flames head coach Brent Sutter would start the 3rd period with Curtis McElhinney in net, but that provided little relief for Calgary .

Following up his two-goal performance on Saturday night, Setoguchi scored the prettiest goal of the game 4:48 into the 3rd period, after beating Robyn Regehr around the left side. Setoguchi got position on the Flames defender, then dragged the puck past McElhinney after cutting to the right post. McElhinney got his paddle back, but the shot deflected off the goaltender’s stick and into the goal.

“They’re just going in right now," added McLellan. "The last two games they just didn’t go in for them. It seems like anything they threw at the net was going in tonight. That’s sometimes the way it goes. The hockey gods treat you a little differently. You get stopped on a number of chances then they start going in.”

Regehr would break Evgeni Nabokov’s shutout bid at 7:41, on a long slap shot that slipped inside the left post.

Rob Blake would score his first goal in 16 games on a power play after Bourque took an elbowing penalty late in the period. Blake uncorked a shot from the point that found its way through traffic.

Heatley tacked on his second goal of he game 33 seconds later after sweeping home a deflection off McElhinney after Patrick Marleau bounced a shot off the Flames goaltender.

To insult to injury, Eric Nystrom took a 4-minute high sticking penalty on Pavelski with just over three minutes to play, even though it was Douglas Murray who caught his teammate with his stick blade.

"I think it [the game] was pretty complete," said Pavelski. "We knew the start was going to be big for us. We came out of our zone clean to start the game and it led to a lot of speed coming into the zone. We got lots of shots and the puck was coming off of him [Kiprusoff] and we found the rebounds tonight."

Game Notes:

The eight different goal scorers broke the team record of seven set on January 4, 2007 against the Detroit Red Wings. The Sharks overcame a 3-0 deficit to win that game 9-4. The eight goal margin of victory also tied a franchise record.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
CGY 0 0 1 1
SJ 3 3 3 9
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 10 (Murray, Ortmeyer), 4:07. 2, SJ, Malhotra 8 (Boyle, Pavelski), 6:20. 3, SJ, Nichol 2 (Setoguchi, Blake), 14:34.
2nd period - 4, SJ, Ortmeyer 5 (Nichol, Clowe), 12:36. 5, SJ, Heatley 28 (Boyle, Thornton), 16:49, (pp). 6, SJ, Clowe 11 (Nichol), 18:36.
3rd period - 7, SJ, Setoguchi 13 (Pavelski, Malhotra), 4:48. 8, CGY, Regehr 1 (Dawes, Jokinene), 7:41. 9, SJ, Blake 3 ( Pavelski, Staubitz), 14:06, (pp). 10, SJ, Heatley 29 (Leach, Marleau), 14:39.
Penalties
1st period - Pardy, CGY (tripping), 1:35; Prust, CGY (fighting major), 9:04; Staubitz, SJ (fighting major), 9:04.
2nd period - Clowe, SJ (roughing), 1:31; Huskins, SJ (cross checking), 4:05; Bourque, CGY (charging), 15:37.
3rd period - Setoguchi, SJ (high sticking), 9:09; Bourque, CGY (elbowing), 12:27; Bourque, CGY (fighting major), 12:27; Mitchell, SJ (fighting major), 12:27; Nystrom, CGY (high sticking – double minor), 16:43.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
CGY - Kiprusoff 34 28
CGY - McElhinney 12 9
SJ - Nabokov 22 21
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CGY 4 8 10 22
SJ 17 17 12 46
Power Play Conversion
CGY 0 of 3
SJ 2 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Scott Nichol
Jed Ortmeyer
Joe Pavelski
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Rehman, VanMassenhoven. Linesmen: Heyer, Lazarowich.
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