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Wild road trip opener in Philly
Roenick's shootout goal wins it
10/22/08 - By Mike Lee

Opening their first extended road trip of the season, the Sharks won ugly in a wild shootout with the host Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center . San Jose let a 2-goal lead in the 3rd period dissolve and were forced to go to the shootout before sweeping their home-and-home series with the Flyers 7-6. Sharks captain Patrick Marleau scored a pair of goals, then committed a crucial penalty late in regulation to help setup the Flyers tying goal.

A wild opening period ended with 7 combined goals on 25 shots by both teams.

The Flyers turned an auspicious start into gold, when Jeff Carter converted shorthanded just 51 seconds into the game after Mike Richards was sent off for holding. Joe Thornton turned over the puck as the Sharks attempted to gain the Flyers zone, before Carter grabbed the loose puck at his own blueline. Carter skated up the left wing then snapped a shot that was partially deflected off of defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic's stick. The shot crossed up Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who watched it sail over this right shoulder.

Nabokov and Flyers goaltender Antero Nittymaki traded clutch saves within the first 5 minutes of the game to keep the offense in check momentarily. Nittymaki's came on a nifty clove save on a Devin Setoguchi one-timer from 10 feet out.

Kimo Timonen put the Sharks back on the power play at 6:26 for holding Joe Thornton. San Jose would use the advantage this time, tying the game on a Joe Pavelski deflection. Christian Ehrhoff put the puck on net from the left point, as Pavelski was cutting in front of the Nittymaki. The goal was the first tally in the opening period for the Sharks this season.

Andrew Alberts would give the Sharks another power play moments later after drawing an interference penalty. Ryane Clowe would put the Sharks on top with his 1st goal of the year. This time Vlasic pumped a shot on goal from the right point that Pavelski redirected from his perch in front of the right post. Nittymaki lost the puck as it trickled through the crease. Clowe swooped in from the left side to tap in the easy score.

Philadelphia would answer at 12:04 off a Richards shot from the high slot that again seemed to handcuff Nabokov. The sequence started with a San Jose turnover in the Flyers zone that ended up on Richards stick. The Flyers centerman skated up ice, before cutting across the inside of the Sharks blueline and ripping a shot from the point.

Patrick Marleau would put the Sharks back on top with his 3rd goal of the season on a slam dunk from the top of the crease. An Alexei Semenov shot to the net found its way to Devin Setoguchi outside the left post, where the left winger immediately whipped a blind pass to the slot where Marleau was parked. Nittymaki was focused on Setoguchi, positioning himself against that left post. That left the goal wide open for Marleau who stuffed home the Sharks 3rd goal of the period.

A Jonathan Cheechoo interference penalty put the Flyers on the power play with 2:10 remaining in the period, and Philadelphia wasted no time knotting the game again. After winning the draw Luca Sbisa pumped a shot on goal that Nabokov allowed to kick back out into the slot. Scottie Upshall quickly put the rebound on net for his 1st of the season.

Just when it looked as if both teams were resolved to go into the 1st intermission tied, Setoguchi punched home his 4th of the season with 39 seconds left in the period. Setoguchi carried the puck up ice on a seemingly benign scoring chance, but the forwards persistence turned the chance into a 4-3 lead for San Jose. Setouchi crashed the net, then slipped his own rebound past Nittymaki.

Only the clock prevented any more offensive fireworks in the opening frame. Nittymaki's nightmare period would put an early end to his night. Martin Biron would start the 2nd period for Philadelphia .

Nabokov's bad dream however would continue. Joffrey Lupul would tie the game yet again on a crazy shot 3:30 into the middle period. Hartnell grabbed a dump in the left corner then sent a backhand pass through the slot to a slicing Lupul, who held the puck long enough to force Nabokov to commit to the chance. With Nabokov flat on his back, Lupul whipped a shot from a tight angle that found the back of the net.

San Jose regained the lead once again at 12:52 on a put back on another shot from the blueline. Pinching in from his position on defense, Boyle tapped in a deflection off a Marcel Goc shot from the point. Biron made the stop on Goc, but lost sight of the puck as it fell to his feet.

A Patrick Marleau goal 47 seconds into the 3rd period gave the Sharks a 2-goal lead, but San Jose would fail to hold the lead. Biron gift wrapped Marleau's goal by over-committing to the left side of the goal as Marleau skated in. The Sharks captain whipped around the back of the net, then clipped a wrap-around chance into a wide open net for the 6-4 lead.

Lupul would answer just 17 seconds later on a slap shot from the top of the right circle off the faceoff. Setoguchi speared to deflect the shot as he tried to get his stick in the way. The puck changed directions on Nabokov, who could only watch it zip over his left shoulder.

Clinging to a 1-goal lead as time would down in regulation, Marleau would take a horrible holding penalty to give the Flyers their 3rd power play opportunity of the night. The Flyers would respond with Daniel Briere's 3rd goal of the season with 1:05 to play after Flyers head coach John Stevens pulled Biron. A wild scrum in front of Nabokov ended with a chip shot from 6 feet to tie the game at 6-6.

San Jose 's offense would go dormant in the overtime period, as they failed to generate a single shot on goal.

In the shootout, Philadelphia opted to shoot first. Richards would miss on a delayed shot that Nabokov blocked after going down to close the left side of the net. Pavelski snapped a wrist shot past Biron inside the left post to put the Sharks up 1-0. Nabokov would snuff backhand attempt by Briere to setup former Flyer Jeremy Roenick for the win. Roenick would deliver with another wrist shot on Biron, except it slipped inside the right post.

Game Notes

Simon Gagne came down with a case of the flu and did not play. The 7 combined goal in the 1st period was a Sharks record. San Jose is 7-0-2-0 in their last 9 games vs Philadelphia .


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 4 1 1 0 1 7
PHI 3 1 2 0 0 6
1st period - 1, PHI, Carter 4 (unassisted), 0:51, (sh). 2, SJ, Pavelski 3 (Ehrhoff, Clowe), 7:42, (pp). 3, SJ, Clowe 1 (Pavelski, Vlasic), 8:40, (pp). 4, PHI, Richards 4 (Nodl), 12:04. 5, SJ, Marleau 3 (Setoguchi, Semenov), 15:45. 6, PHI, Upshall 1 (Hartnell, Sbisa), 17:54, (pp).
2nd period - 8, PHI, Lupul 1 (Hartnell), 3:30. 9, SJ, Boyle 2 (Goc, Marleau), 12:52.
3rd period - 10, SJ, Marleau 4 (Goc, Grier), 0:47. 11, PHI, Lupul 2 (Richards), 1:04. 12, PHI, Briere 3 (Hartnell, Upshall), 18:55, (pp).
Overtime - None.
Shootout - PHI: Richards (miss), Briere (miss). SJ: Pavelski (goal), Roenick (goal).
1st period - Richards, PHI (holding), 0:18; Timonen, PHI (holding) 6:26; Alberts, PHI (interference), 8:18; Shelley, SJ (roughing), 9:19; Hartnell, PHI (interference), 12:27; Cheechoo, SJ (interference), 17:48.
2nd period - Upshall, PHI (tripping), 17:36.
3rd period - Ehrhoff, SJ (roughing - double minor), 14:30; Carter, PHI (roughing - double minor), 14:30; Marleau, SJ (holding), 18:10.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 29 23
PHI - Nittymaki 15 11
PHI - Biron 20 18
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 15 15 5 0 35
PHI 10 9 8 2 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 5
PHI 2 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Joffrey Lupul
Scott Hartnell
Referees: Watson, Banfield . Linesmen: McElman, Seitz.

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