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Roenick inches towards No. 500 as Sharks blank Predators

Oct 21, 2007 - 6:21 AM
By Michael Duca PA Sportsticker Contributing Writer

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Jeremy Roenick continues his march toward the 500-goal plateau.

Roenick scored his 498th career goal and Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves en route to his 35th career shutout as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-0, on Saturday night.

Patrick Marleau and Milan Michalek also tallied for the Sharks, who have knocked the Predators out of the playoffs each of the past two seasons.

San Jose broke into the scoring column at 4:52 of the second period, when Roenick's shot beat goaltender Chris Mason low to the stick side. On an extended 5-on-3 advantage, Joe Thornton snapped a pass from the left faceoff circle to Craig Rivet in the high slot, and the defenseman found Roenick open at the right point.

The assist by Rivet was his team-leading sixth of the season.

Roenick's 498th career tally ties him with Glenn Anderson for 40th place on the all-time list. He is two goals away from becoming the third American-born player to reach to 500-goal mark.

"I'll take the win," Roenick said. "The win is more important. We've been struggling, it was big to get a win in this building."

The Sharks doubled to their advantage with 6:21 remaining in the contest, when they caught the Predators on a line change.

Rookie Torrey Mitchell made a nice pass to Marleau, who walked in on Mason and launched a wrist shot high to the netminder's stick side. The shot handcuffed Mason and glanced off his elbow and into the net, giving San Jose a 2-0 lead.

"It's pretty nice to see it trickle in up and over a goalie like that," Marleau said. "I'll take a break (like that)."

Wilson has been critical of his team's effort thus far this season.

"I'm happy with the result, and I'm happy with the way three-quarters of the guys played, but some players' efforts have to improve a lot," he said, referring to Michalek. "I'll be blunt. He stunk in the first period, but played well on the line with Joe (Thornton)."

Michalek added an empty-net tally with seven seconds left to provide the final margin, breaking in on a 2-on-none with Thornton.

Nabokov posted his first shutout since blanking the Edmonton Oilers on March 11.

Nashville, which has lost five straight contests, outshot San Jose, 22-20, but Nabokov was the difference, turning aside 10 shots in the first period, four in the second and eight in the third.

"It's definitely not a start to the season you want to have," Mason said. "But we really have to understand it's early right now and you don't want to fall too far behind."

The Sharks came out strong, spending much of the first five minutes in the Predators' zone after a pair of early penalties. Typical of this season's team, the Sharks' only shot in that stretch came during the 10 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage they held.

In the first period, Nashville put a lot of pressure on Nabokov, whose .888 save percentage entering Saturday's contest ranked 27th in the league.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 0 0 0 0
    SAN JOSE 0 1 2 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) JEREMY ROENICK 3 (JOE THORNTON, CRAIG RIVET) 4:52
    3RD PRD: SAN - PATRICK MARLEAU 2 (TORREY MITCHELL, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF)
    13:39
    SAN - (EN) MILAN MICHALEK 4 (JOE THORNTON, MIKE GRIER) 19:53
    POWER

    Oct 21 1:01 AM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 0
    SAN JOSE 3
    3RD PRD: SAN - (EN) MILAN MICHALEK 4 (JOE THORNTON, MIKE GRIER) 19:53

    Predators vs. SharksOct 21 1:00 AM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 0
    SAN JOSE 2
    3RD PRD: SAN - PATRICK MARLEAU 2 (TORREY MITCHELL, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF)
    13:39

    Predators vs. SharksOct 21 12:48 AM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 0 0 0
    SAN JOSE 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) JEREMY ROENICK 3 (JOE THORNTON, CRAIG RIVET) 4:52
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NAS 11 3 14
    SAN 6 9 15
    GOALIES: NAS

    Oct 21 12:09 AM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 0
    SAN JOSE 1
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) JEREMY ROENICK 3 (JOE THORNTON, CRAIG RIVET) 4:52

    Predators vs. SharksOct 20 11:39 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 0 0
    SAN JOSE 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NAS 11 11
    SAN 6 6
    GOALIES: NAS - CHRIS MASON
    SAN - EVGENI NABOKOV

    Oct 20 11:13 PM