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Pavelski helps Sharks stymie Penguins

Oct 29, 2008 - 6:38 AM By Michael Duca PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Joe Pavelski's shorthanded goal and Mike Grier's first of the season proved enough for the San Jose Sharks to hold off the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, on Tuesday.

The victory gives the Sharks, who are off to a franchise-best 8-2-0 start, the most points in the Western Conference.

With veteran defenseman Rob Blake in the penalty box for tripping, San Jose scored first when the Penguins' power play misfired.

Rookie defenseman Alex Goligoski turned over the puck at his own blue line to Milan Michalek, who skated in on goaltender Dany Sabourin. The goaltender made the save, but Pavelski flipped home Michalek's rebound over a prone Sabourin midway through the first period. It was San Jose's fifth shorthanded goal of the season, and the second Pittsburgh has allowed.

"Milan hunted the puck down from one side to the other," Pavelski said. "I was just backing him up a little. I got a jump, Milan was able to pick it up, and it shows his great speed breaking away from the blue line. He made a good move, his shot almost went in, but it stuck around and I had the easy job on that one."

Grier scored a 4-on-4 goal at 12:52 of the third, giving the Sharks a two-goal lead. Defenseman Dan Boyle picked off a pass at the blue line and sent it across the ice to fellow blue-liner Christian Ehrhoff, who fed the puck to Grier sliding across the slot. Grier beat Sabourin with a backhander.

"Patty (Patrick Marleau) made a good play," Grier said. "He carried it with a lot of speed. ... He got it back to Boyle, and Christian made a good play -- he kind of "no-looked" everyone off, they thought he was shooting it, and I was able to find a little space and get it into the net."

Less than two minutes later, on their second shot of the period, the Penguins halved the deficit and broke a 136:13 shutout streak by the Sharks. Evgeni Malkin made a long pass out of his own end to captain Sidney Crosby, who skated into the offensive zone and left the puck for Ruslan Fedotenko, who beat Nabokov at 14:27.

"Anytime you are playing a talented team, they are going to keep you on your toes," said Nabokov, the Vezina Trophy runner-up last season. "I thought the second and third period, we had control of the game. But, when the score is 1-0, there's always a threat there."

The Penguins' Matt Cooke took a high sticking penalty with 1:49 left in the game. With the Sharks on the power play, the Penguins were unable to pull the goaltender until the final minute. Neither team was able to record a shot during that span.

Nabokov upped his career mark to 7-1-0 against Pittsburgh by making 10 saves. The 11 shots allowed by San Jose were a franchise-record low; they also tied a franchise low for shots taken by the Penguins.

"They worked together and obviously have a great defense," Crosby said. "They worked together as a unit out there and that's always tough as a defense to play against when its five guys as a whole. If you allow odd-man rushes there's only so much a defenseman can do, so they did a good job backchecking and being responsible back there."

The Sharks' homestand continues Thursday when the Red Wings make their first visit of the season. It is the first time in Sharks history that they have faced the prior season's Stanley Cup finalists back-to-back.

"It's two top-end teams," Joe Thornton said. "We played well tonight and grabbed some confidence. Detroit is real hot right now. It's going to be a bigger test and a great game."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 0 0 1 1
    SAN JOSE 1 0 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (SH) JOE PAVELSKI 4 (MILAN MICHALEK) 10:12
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: SAN - MIKE GRIER 1 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, DAN BOYLE) 12:52
    PIT - RUSLAN FEDOTENKO 2 (SIDNEY CROSBY, EVGENI MALKIN)
    14:27
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: PI

    Oct 29 12:52 AM
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    Penguins 1, Sharks 2  3rd - 1:00Oct 29 12:50 AM


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    PITTSBURGH 1
    SAN JOSE 2
    3RD PRD: PIT - RUSLAN FEDOTENKO 2 (SIDNEY CROSBY, EVGENI MALKIN) 14:27

    Penguins 1, Sharks 2  3rd - 5:33Oct 29 12:45 AM


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    PITTSBURGH 0
    SAN JOSE 2
    3RD PRD: SAN - MIKE GRIER 1 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, DAN BOYLE) 12:52

    Penguins 0, Sharks 2  3rd - 7:08Oct 29 12:40 AM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 0 0 0
    SAN JOSE 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (SH) JOE PAVELSKI 4 (MILAN MICHALEK) 10:12
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PIT 3 5 8
    SAN 6 19 25
    GOALIES: PIT - DANY SABOU

    Oct 29 12:01 AM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 0 0
    SAN JOSE 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (SH) JOE PAVELSKI 4 (MILAN MICHALEK) 10:12
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PIT 3 3
    SAN 6 6
    GOALIES: PIT - DANY SABOURIN
    SAN - EVGE

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    1ST PRD: SAN - (SH) JOE PAVELSKI 4 (MILAN MICHALEK) 10:12

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