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Roenick scores No. 500 as Sharks chomp Coyotes

Nov 11, 2007 - 8:15 AM
By Ryan Leong PA Sportsticker Contributing Writer

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- It doesn't look like Jeremy Roenick regrets his decision not to retire. The San Jose Sharks have to be happy with his decision as well.

Roenick became the 40th player in NHL history to score 500 career goals as the Sharks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-1, on Saturday night in a matchup of Pacific Division foes.

Even if it had not been a milestone goal, Roenick probably still would remember the odd tally.

"Tomorrow in the papers, it's going to be top shelf, back of the net, baby," Roenick said. "In the box scores, it is."

From the neutral zone, Roenick dumped the puck into the right corner. It took a strange bounce off the boards and hit the right side of the net.

Already out of his net to play the puck, Phoenix goaltender Alex Auld had it bounce off his body and into the crease. While attempting to knock it away, Auld inadvertently pushed the puck across the goal line with his stick at 6:35 of the second period, giving Roenick his historic goal.

"That was really neat, it was an emotional moment," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. "JR plays with a lot of passion, and you saw how much it meant to him that I think in that moment, he didn't care about how ugly the goal was. I think it hit him that, 'Geez, I never thought I'd score 500 after last year.'"

With the tally, Roenick tied Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald for 39th place on the all-time list. The 37-year-old Boston native also joined Dallas' Mike Modano (511) and Hall of Famer Joe Mullen (502) as the only American-born players to score 500 goals.

"It's a nice milestone," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "Anytime you do something in this game that's such a nice record, it's always a great accomplishment. Unfortunately for us, it came at a sort of inopportune time. It was kind of a fluky goal and it sort of changed the momentum and flow of the hockey game."

The sold-out HP Pavilion crowd gave Roenick a pair of standing ovations.

"I saw it go in and my heart kind of dropped down to my stomach. It was a pretty unbelievable feeling," Roenick said. "I would like to thank the Sharks for giving me this opportunity to have this chance.

"I'm really honored to do it in a Sharks uniform, and to have the opportunity to do it in a Sharks uniform. If it wasn't for them, it wouldn't have been happening, so I feel very lucky."

The goal, which gave San Jose a 2-1 edge, proved to be Roenick's fourth game-winner of the season and 86th career.

"It's pretty ironic, isn't it? It's just timely, I guess," Roenick said. "Also for our team playing strong defensively, to keep those short leads up to win the hockey games (is great)."

Roenick was signed as a free agent by San Jose just weeks before the season began and Sharks general manager Doug Wilson took a gamble on the future Hall of Famer, because many felt Roenick should have retired after a subpar season with Phoenix.

"I gave (the puck) to (general manager) Doug Wilson," Roenick said. "It's a very special thing for me. Without him offering me this opportunity, this wouldn't have happened. It is important to me that he has it. I hope he keeps it and he doesn't give it back to my wife.

"Especially when a lot of people around the country have left me out to the dogs, thinking I'm done. This group has really accepted me and given me a really great feeling to wake up every day and come to work, and that's a real special thing."

Rookie Torrey Mitchell's second career goal added some insurance for the Sharks. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff passed the puck ahead to Mitchell, who skated into the offensive zone against defenseman Keith Ballard.

Ballard easily was beaten by the speed of the young center, who beat Auld to the glove side with a backhander at 5:26 of the third. Mitchell notched his first career goal in Friday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

"It was a pretty special night, obviously for (Roenick) first, and I guess on a much smaller scale, for me," Mitchell said. "Certainly after a loss, you want to use the next game as a springboard to get things rolling again and hopefully start a win streak. Hopefully, we're heading in the right direction.

"I was going on 15-16 games without a goal, but I wasn't really thinking about it too much and kept working hard and sticking to my game and things kind of fell into place there."

San Jose, which had lost four of its previous five home games, had a breakdown in the first period that resulted in a turnover and a goal for the Coyotes.

With nine minutes remaining the first period, Joe Thornton tried to make a fancy no-look pass to Milan Michalek. But instead, the puck was stolen by Phoenix captain Shane Doan, who generated a scoring chance.

Rookie Peter Mueller took the puck at center ice and skated into the offensive zone before dropping a pass to Steven Reinprecht, who ripped a one-timer from the high slot that went between the pads of netminder Evgeni Nabokov nine minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead.

Devin Setoguchi tied it in the second period, punching Joe Pavelski's rebound past Auld at 3:11 for his third career tally.

The two teams will play again here on Monday.

"It's important we can bounce right back and regroup and go right back at them, and I don't think any of us played the game we wanted tonight," Auld said. "You know, we obviously need to have a better effort, and I think when you can get right back against the same team, that's a positive."

The Coyotes, who have lost five in row to the Sharks, have not beaten San Jose since December 30, 2006. The loss also snapped Phoenix's five-game road winning streak.

"For us, it's taking steps every day getting better each and every night," Gretzky said. "It's a process of coming together as a group. I like our group and they work hard together and they believe in each other, and we've got a lot of good days ahead of us."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 1 0 0 1
    SAN JOSE 0 2 2 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHO - STEVEN REINPRECHT 5 (PETER MUELLER, SHANE DOAN) 9:00
    2ND PRD: SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 3 (JOE PAVELSKI, JOE THORNTON) 3:11
    SAN - JEREMY ROENICK 5 (UNASSISTED) 6:35
    3RD PRD: SAN - TORREY MITCHELL 2 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOF

    Nov 11 12:56 AM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 1
    SAN JOSE 4
    3RD PRD: SAN - (PP) SANDIS OZOLINSH 1 (JOE THORNTON) 10:29

    Coyotes vs. SharksNov 11 12:42 AM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 1
    SAN JOSE 3
    3RD PRD: SAN - TORREY MITCHELL 2 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF) 5:26

    Coyotes vs. SharksNov 11 12:29 AM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 1 0 1
    SAN JOSE 0 2 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHO - STEVEN REINPRECHT 5 (PETER MUELLER, SHANE DOAN) 9:00
    2ND PRD: SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 3 (JOE PAVELSKI, JOE THORNTON) 3:11
    SAN - JEREMY ROENICK 5 (UNASSISTED) 6:35
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD

    Nov 11 12:02 AM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 1
    SAN JOSE 2
    2ND PRD: SAN - JEREMY ROENICK 5 (UNASSISTED) 6:35

    Coyotes vs. SharksNov 10 11:40 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 1
    SAN JOSE 1
    2ND PRD: SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 3 (JOE PAVELSKI, JOE THORNTON) 3:11

    Coyotes vs. SharksNov 10 11:32 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 1 1
    SAN JOSE 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHO - STEVEN REINPRECHT 5 (PETER MUELLER, SHANE DOAN) 9:00
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHO 8 8
    SAN 7 7
    GOALIES: PHO - ALEX AULD
    SAN

    Nov 10 11:09 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 1
    SAN JOSE 0
    1ST PRD: PHO - STEVEN REINPRECHT 5 (PETER MUELLER, SHANE DOAN) 9:00

    Coyotes vs. SharksNov 10 10:54 PM