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Michalek, Pavelski power Sharks to rout

Nov 14, 2008 - 7:30 AM By Michael Duca PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks used the power play to end their first losing streak of the season on Thursday.

Milan Michalek and Joe Pavelski scored two goals apiece, leading the Sharks to a 6-1 rout of the Calgary Flames.

Captain Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton also netted power-play goals for San Jose, which finished 4-for-9 with the man advantage.

The Sharks entered 25th in the NHL at home on the power play, going just 7-for-54 at HP Pavilion. Calgary's penalty-killing unit had surrendered five goals on the road, but San Jose nearly doubled that total.

Defensemen Rob Blake, Christian Ehrhoff and Dan Boyle recorded three assists apiece, combining to set a franchise record of nine points - and nine assists - from blue-liners.

"One of those games," Blake said. "Obviously, the power play was more effective than it has been in other games this season. If you get traffic and get some shots, you can get fortunate on rebounds."

Michalek tallied once in the first period and added his fifth goal of the season in the second for the Sharks, who rebounded after suffering back-to-back losses to the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators.

"It was important to score the two goals early," Michalek said. "The game changes for you then. Things get easier."

Pavelski opened the scoring 8:04 into the first period with Flames defenseman Adam Pardy serving the game's first penalty for hooking. Blake fired a slap shot from the point that drew Miikka Kiprusoff to the left side of the net. Pavelski grabbed the rebound and slid it past the goaltender for his sixth goal of the season.

"I had a couple of really good looks," Pavelski said. "I was all by myself. You are happy to get those chances."

The Sharks doubled the lead 27 seconds later, when Michalek skated down the left wing and wristed a shot between Kiprusoff's pads from the bottom of the left faceoff circle.

The onslaught continued as San Jose scored another power-play goal with 4:58 to go in the first. After Blake fired a shot from the point, Marleau grabbed the rebound and beat Kiprusoff from the doorstep for his eighth goal of the campaign.

Last season, the two-time 30-goal scorer tallied just 19 times in 78 games.

"They are a very good team playing well," Calgary captain Jarome Iginla said. "They had a ton of power plays early. They capitalized on them early with three power-play goals in the first period. We didn't compete against them in the first period. We weren't skating or working."

Thornton pushed the lead to 4-0 with 2:18 left in the opening session, scoring from the right side after controlling Devin Setoguchi's redirection of a shot by Boyle.

"I felt pretty decent, playing on adrenaline," said Boyle, who missed Tuesday's game against Nashville due to the birth of his daughter.

Kiprusoff was replaced by Curtis McElhinney to start the second period after making 16 saves.

"You know you have to be prepared for a hard start against this team," Flames coach Mike Keenan said. "It's not only a trademark this year, it was the same last year. We didn't take care of the puck early in the game, and they came at us harder because of the transition game we gave them."

McElhinney, who stopped 24 shots, blocked the first one he faced, from Ehrhoff. But Michalek buried the rebound from the doorstep 78 seconds into the middle session for a 5-0 bulge.

Despite the lopsided score, the game remained fairly well-mannered.

"I think what keeps it calm is the power play being effective," Blake said. "These teams have met so many times. Sometimes games go like that, and they understood that. I'm sure they will be ready next game in Calgary."

The Sharks had a 5-on-3 advantage early in the third period, and Pavelski cashed in by netting his second goal of the night off a rebound in the slot 3:35 into the session.

Brian Boucher stopped 23 shots but lost his shutout bid midway through the final period. He stopped a pair of point-blank shots on the power play, but Mike Cammalleri got the second rebound in front and slid a wrist shot between Boucher's pads at 10:13.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CALGARY 0 0 1 1
    SAN JOSE 4 1 1 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) JOE PAVELSKI 6 (ROB BLAKE, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF)
    8:04
    SAN - MILAN MICHALEK 4 (JOE PAVELSKI, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF)
    8:31
    SAN - (PP) PATRICK MARLEAU 8 (ROB BLAKE, JOE THORNTON) 15:02
    SAN - (PP) JOE THORNTON 3 (DEV

    Nov 14 1:00 AM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 1
    SAN JOSE 6
    3RD PRD: CGY - (PP) MIKE CAMMALLERI 5 (ADRIAN AUCOIN, CURTIS
    GLENCROSS) 10:13

    Flames 1, Sharks 6  3rd - 9:47Nov 14 12:42 AM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 0
    SAN JOSE 6
    3RD PRD: SAN - (PP) JOE PAVELSKI 7 (DAN BOYLE, ROB BLAKE) 3:35
    (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Flames 0, Sharks 6  3rd - 16:25Nov 14 12:29 AM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CALGARY 0 0 0
    SAN JOSE 4 1 5 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) JOE PAVELSKI 6 (ROB BLAKE, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF)
    8:04
    SAN - MILAN MICHALEK 4 (JOE PAVELSKI, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF)
    8:31
    SAN - (PP) PATRICK MARLEAU 8 (ROB BLAKE, JOE THORNTON) 15:02
    SAN - (PP) JOE TH

    Nov 14 12:05 AM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 0
    SAN JOSE 5
    2ND PRD: SAN - MILAN MICHALEK 5 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, DAN BOYLE) 1:18

    Flames 0, Sharks 5  2nd - 18:42Nov 13 11:33 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CALGARY 0 0
    SAN JOSE 4 4 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) JOE PAVELSKI 6 (ROB BLAKE, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF)
    8:04
    SAN - MILAN MICHALEK 4 (JOE PAVELSKI, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF)
    8:31
    SAN - (PP) PATRICK MARLEAU 8 (ROB BLAKE, JOE THORNTON) 15:02
    SAN - (PP) JOE TH

    Nov 13 11:12 PM
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    Flames 0, Sharks 4  1st - 1:45Nov 13 11:09 PM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 0
    SAN JOSE 4
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) JOE THORNTON 3 (DEVIN SETOGUCHI, DAN BOYLE) 17:42

    Flames 0, Sharks 4  1st - 2:18Nov 13 11:08 PM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 0
    SAN JOSE 3
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) PATRICK MARLEAU 8 (ROB BLAKE, JOE THORNTON) 15:02

    Flames 0, Sharks 3  1st - 4:58Nov 13 11:03 PM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 0
    SAN JOSE 2
    1ST PRD: SAN - MILAN MICHALEK 4 (JOE PAVELSKI, RYANE CLOWE) 8:31

    Flames 0, Sharks 2  1st - 11:29Nov 13 10:52 PM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 0
    SAN JOSE 1
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) JOE PAVELSKI 6 (ROB BLAKE, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF) 8:04

    Flames 0, Sharks 1  1st - 11:56Nov 13 10:51 PM
  • Rddflag Hopefully Boucher can get back on his horse and stay on, he's been inconsistent.

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