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Clowe helps Sharks trounce Capitals

Nov 23, 2008 - 8:31 AM By Michael Duca PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- A five-day break did not slow the San Jose Sharks' momentum one bit.

Ryane Clowe scored two goals, Rob Blake recorded four assists and fellow defenseman Dan Boyle set up three tallies as the Sharks continued their dominance at home with a 7-2 thrashing of the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Captain Patrick Marleau, Devin Setoguchi, Joe Thornton and blue-liner Marc-Edouard Vlasic each had a goal and an assist, while Mike Grier netted a late tally in his return to the lineup from a lower body injury as the Sharks improved to 11-0-1 at home and 19-0-2 in their last 21 contests at HP Pavilion dating back to last season.

"The back end had a lot of points tonight," Vlasic said.

Defenseman Tom Poti and Tomas Fleischmann scored for the Capitals, who have matched the second-best record through 20 games (11-6-3) in franchise history despite having lost two in a row.

Alex Ovechkin extended his points streak to seven games with an assist but was not able to lift Washington's offensive unit, which is hampered by the injuries of Alexander Semin and blue-liner Mike Green but got back Sergei Fedorov from an ankle ailment in this one.

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was not happy with the play of top line, including Ovechkin.

"(Ovechkin) really struggled," Boudreau said. "He gave the puck away just before their power-play goal, and he gave it away a couple of times before that. The biggest thing, you need your best players to be your best players. I did not think our best players were our best players tonight."

The Sharks entered leading the NHL with 37.9 shots per game, but they went for quality, not quantity, in this one. Washington held San Jose to just five shots in the first 16 minutes of the game, but three of those beat goaltender Brent Johnson for a 3-0 bulge.

"The guys were placing shots tonight," Thornton said. "We thought we (were going) to start slow tonight because, obviously, we haven't had many five-day breaks. We wanted to start fast. Every time we shot, we made it count. It was a good start for us."

Marleau opened the scoring 9:13 into the session and Clowe followed less than 3 1/2 minutes later with a wrist shot from in front of the crease. San Jose exposed Johnson once again with 4:15 remaining as Setoguchi buried a slap shot from the right faceoff circle after receiving a backhand pass from Thornton.

Still, Sharks coach Todd McLellan was not pleased with his team's play early on.

"I thought the first half of the game, we were sluggish and didn't skate well," he said. "We definitely were not the best team the first 30 minutes, but we finally got our legs, began to skate and get moving. We were fortunate to be up when we were trying to find it."

Poti cut the deficit to 3-1 when he tapped in Matt Bradley's rebound while on the doorstep eight minutes into the second.

San Jose recaptured its three-goal lead with 7:41 left in the session. With Washington's Michael Nylander in the penalty box for holding, Thornton's wrist shot from the right circle got past Johnson, who was being screened by Setoguchi.

"We knew we needed the next one when they closed to 3-1," Vlasic said. "If they got the next one, they would have had the momentum. With the offensive power they have, it would have been dangerous. We got the next two, which kind of shut them down."

Vlasic netted his second goal of the season with 33 seconds remaining in the second to further support goaltender Brian Boucher, who made 19 saves in his seventh straight start in place of Evgeni Nabokov. The native of Kazakhstan had been sidelined with a lower body injury but dressed as the backup in this one.

"At 5-1, they had their forwards just looking for a breakaway," Vlasic said. "That's when you know the game's not over, but they had kind of given up."

Fleischmann converted a man-advantage chance at 2:19 of the third, but Clowe responded with a power-play goal of his own 3 1/2 minutes later.

"We try to simplify our game," Boudreau said. "Not have long passes that can create those easy turnovers when you have a good trapping team in the neutral zone. We can't go out there and make them make the passes."

Grier capped the scoring by taking a cross-ice pass from Jeremy Roenick and firing a wrister past Johnson with 53 seconds left in the game.

"The Sharks are real good right now," Boudreau said. "They are very opportunistic, a team you can not make a mistake against. If you make a mistake, it's in the net."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 1 1 2
    SAN JOSE 3 2 2 7 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - PATRICK MARLEAU 10 (DAN BOYLE, DEVIN SETOGUCHI) 9:13
    SAN - RYANE CLOWE 10 (ROB BLAKE, MILAN MICHALEK) 12:34
    SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 12 (JOE THORNTON, PATRICK MARLEAU)
    15:45
    2ND PRD: WAS - TOM POTI 3 (MATT BRADLEY

    Nov 23 1:01 AM


  • NHL
    WASHINGTON 2
    SAN JOSE 7
    3RD PRD: SAN - MIKE GRIER 3 (JEREMY ROENICK, ROB BLAKE) 19:07

    Capitals 2, Sharks 7  3rd - 0:53Nov 23 12:57 AM


  • NHL
    WASHINGTON 2
    SAN JOSE 6
    3RD PRD: SAN - (PP) RYANE CLOWE 11 (ROB BLAKE, DAN BOYLE) 5:44
    (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Capitals 2, Sharks 6  3rd - 14:16Nov 23 12:33 AM


  • NHL
    WASHINGTON 2
    SAN JOSE 5
    3RD PRD: WAS - (PP) TOMAS FLEISCHMANN 8 (ALEX OVECHKIN, NICKLAS
    BACKSTROM) 2:19

    Capitals 2, Sharks 5  3rd - 17:41Nov 23 12:27 AM
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  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 1 1
    SAN JOSE 3 2 5 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - PATRICK MARLEAU 10 (DAN BOYLE, DEVIN SETOGUCHI) 9:13
    SAN - RYANE CLOWE 10 (ROB BLAKE, MILAN MICHALEK) 12:34
    SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 12 (JOE THORNTON, PATRICK MARLEAU)
    15:45
    2ND PRD: WAS - TOM POTI 3

    Nov 23 12:06 AM


  • NHL
    WASHINGTON 1
    SAN JOSE 5
    2ND PRD: SAN - MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC 2 (ROB BLAKE, JONATHAN CHEECHOO)
    19:27

    Capitals 1, Sharks 5  2nd - 0:33Nov 23 12:05 AM


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    WASHINGTON 1
    SAN JOSE 4
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) JOE THORNTON 5 (MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC, DAN BOYLE)
    12:19

    Capitals 1, Sharks 4  2nd - 7:41Nov 22 11:52 PM


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    WASHINGTON 1
    SAN JOSE 3
    2ND PRD: WAS - MATT BRADLEY 3 (TYLER SLOAN, MICHAEL NYLANDER) 7:56

    Capitals 1, Sharks 3  2nd - 12:04Nov 22 11:44 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 0
    SAN JOSE 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - PATRICK MARLEAU 10 (DAN BOYLE, DEVIN SETOGUCHI) 9:13
    SAN - JOE PAVELSKI 8 (ROB BLAKE, RYANE CLOWE) 12:34
    SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 12 (JOE THORNTON, PATRICK MARLEAU)
    15:45
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2N

    Nov 22 11:13 PM


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    WASHINGTON 0
    SAN JOSE 3
    1ST PRD: SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 12 (JOE THORNTON, PATRICK MARLEAU)
    15:45

    Capitals 0, Sharks 3  1st - 4:15Nov 22 11:05 PM


  • NHL
    WASHINGTON 0
    SAN JOSE 2
    1ST PRD: SAN - JOE PAVELSKI 8 (ROB BLAKE, RYANE CLOWE) 12:34

    Capitals 0, Sharks 2  1st - 7:26Nov 22 10:59 PM


  • NHL
    WASHINGTON 0
    SAN JOSE 1
    1ST PRD: SAN - PATRICK MARLEAU 10 (DAN BOYLE, DEVIN SETOGUCHI) 9:13

    Capitals 0, Sharks 1  1st - 10:47Nov 22 10:55 PM
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