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Boucher shines as Sharks cruise past Lightning

Oct 26, 2008 - 5:19 AM TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Brian Boucher made veteran defenseman Dan Boyle's return to Tampa Bay a successful one.

Boucher made 22 saves and Boyle recorded an assist in his first game against his former team as the San Jose Sharks recorded a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Boucher notched his second shutout in as many games this season and 16th career for the Sharks, who completed a 2-1-0 road trip that included a 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers on Friday. The veteran turned aside nine shots in the first period, seven in the second and six in the third.

"I thought we played a really good game," Boucher said. "Obviously, this is our third game in four nights, and maybe they felt we were going to come out and be tired. But we weren't happy with the effort (Friday) in Florida, or our last couple of efforts for that matter."

San Jose, which entered having allowed four goals or more in each of its previous four games, received the brilliant outing from Boucher it desperately needed. The 31-year-old had recorded 21 saves in a 1-0 win at Los Angeles on October 12 in his first appearance of the season.

"I think we've been sloppy and the guys really played hard tonight. I thought we took it to them," Boucher said. "We didn't even give them a chance to get going."

Marcel Goc netted his first goal of the campaign in the first period to give Boucher all the support he needed. Boyle made a cross-ice pass to Goc, who fired a slap shot from above the left faceoff circle past goaltender Mike Smith at 7:57 of the second.

Boyle, who extended his points streak to four games, spent the previous five-plus seasons with Tampa Bay. He signed a six-year contract extension with the club in February but was traded along with Brad Lukowich to San Jose over the summer.

"Obviously, that meant a lot to me and (Lukowich). That was a great team effort," Boyle said. "Our goaltending played well, and defensively, we were much better because we've been struggling there the last few games."

Boyle, who won a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004, posted 66 goals and 187 assists in 394 games with the team.

"I was very involved in the game," Boyle said. "I obviously know what they can do, and we needed to be prepared. But it was game time, I had my game face on, and we just had a great team effort there."

Ryane Clowe netted a power-play goal with exactly two minutes left in the second to double the lead to 2-0. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff fired a slap shot from just inside the blue line that Clowe deflected past Smith while on the doorstep.

"When you play offense in their end the amount of minutes that we did, that's the best defense you can have," Boucher said. "It keeps their guys on the ice and gives them nothing offensively."

Devin Setoguchi also scored for San Jose, which has won three of four. The 21-year-old gained possession behind the net and skated to the left side before blasting a wrister past Smith with 3:32 remaining in the third for his fifth goal of the season.

Setoguchi notched just 11 goals in 44 games as a rookie last season.

Smith made 42 saves for Tampa Bay, which fell for the sixth time in seven games.

"We've been getting great goaltending," Lightning coach Barry Melrose said. "(Smith) was awesome. ... To come out of the first period 0-0 and not take advantage of it is very disappointing, and we have to figure out what's going on with our team. But goaltending has been great every game this year for us. It's never been a problem with our goaltending, but we've scored 11 goals in seven games.

"We're just not getting the puck to the net, not playing with any speed. Totally outworked tonight by San Jose. It was an embarrassing effort by our team tonight, very embarrassing."

The Sharks have won their last three meetings with the Lightning, including a 4-2 victory in Tampa Bay in their last encounter on October 29, 2006.

Tampa Bay rookie Steven Stamkos was held scoreless again. The first overall pick in this past June's draft has yet to record a point in seven games this season.

"They definitely outworked us, outplayed us," Stamkos said. "I thought we played well in the first but didn't carry it. I mean, they were giving us a chance to win. Obviously, (Smith) played good, but we've got to change something up. It's a little frustrating for everyone here.

"Our offense has got to come and our top guys have to keep pushing and keep going, and hopefully, we'll start getting some bounces."

Stamkos also was impressed with Boucher's effort.

"He did the job," Stamkos said. "We didn't make it tough on him. We didn't have that many shots. We didn't get pucks deep, we didn't get close to the net and create traffic in front. For the most part, it was pretty simple for him."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 0 2 1 3
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 0 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: SAN - MARCEL GOC 1 (DAN BOYLE, MIKE GRIER) 7:57
    SAN - (PP) RYANE CLOWE 3 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, JOE PAVELSKI)
    18:00
    3RD PRD: SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 5 (JOE THORNTON, ROB BLAKE) 16:28
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    SAN JOSE 3
    TAMPA BAY 0
    3RD PRD: SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 5 (JOE THORNTON, ROB BLAKE) 16:28

    Sharks 3, Lightning 0  3rd - 3:32Oct 25 9:49 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 0 2 2
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: SAN - MARCEL GOC 1 (DAN BOYLE, MIKE GRIER) 7:57
    SAN - (PP) RYANE CLOWE 3 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, JOE PAVELSKI)
    18:00
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN 16

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    SAN JOSE 2
    TAMPA BAY 0
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) RYANE CLOWE 3 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, JOE PAVELSKI)
    18:00

    Sharks 2, Lightning 0  2nd - 2:00Oct 25 9:02 PM


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    SAN JOSE 1
    TAMPA BAY 0
    2ND PRD: SAN - MARCEL GOC 1 (DAN BOYLE, MIKE GRIER) 7:57

    Sharks 1, Lightning 0  2nd - 12:03Oct 25 8:45 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 0 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN 16 16
    TAM 9 9
    GOALIES: SAN - BRIAN BOUCHER
    TAM - MIKE SMITH

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