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Grier, Sharks continue Islanders' road struggles

Jan 4, 2009 - 7:22 AM
By Michael Duca PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- The NHL's worst road team visited the league's best home team, and the result was predictable.

Third-liner Mike Grier scored two goals and Jonathan Cheechoo dished out three assists as the San Jose Sharks handed the New York Islanders their 12th straight road loss with a 5-3 victory on Saturday.

"We were better on the forecheck tonight," Grier said. "When we do that, we are able to get pucks to the net. The last few games, we haven't done a good job getting pucks behind the defense, and especially in the first period, we did well at that tonight."

Ryane Clowe, defenseman Dan Boyle and captain Patrick Marleau also scored for San Jose, which improved to 19-0-2 at the HP Pavilion this season.

New York fell to 0-11-1 in its last 12 road contests and 5-15-2 overall away from Nassau Coliseum this campaign.

"It's worse when you look at it like that," said Islanders defenseman Thomas Pock, who scored his first goal of the season. "This one's over, and we have to look to the next two. They aren't getting any easier. We have to go to (Edmonton) and play hard for 60 minutes and we will get a win."

The Sharks outshot the Islanders, 11-1, in the first 11 minutes of play but did not score until 11:20, when Clowe slapped the rebound of Milan Michalek's shot past goaltender Joey MacDonald.

San Jose doubled the lead with just 21 seconds remaining in the first period as Grier netted his sixth of the season on a wraparound that slid across the crease and off the far goalpost.

The Sharks made it 3-0 at 7:51 of the middle session, when Boyle skated in from the right point while Joe Thornton completely blocked MacDonald's view and slapped a shot just inside the near post.

"They teach you at a young age to keep your head up," Boyle said. "I was going to fire it, but I looked up and saw I had a couple of seconds. We got a big obstacle in there in the person of Jumbo (Thornton). He took up a lot of room."

New York got on the board with 3:56 remaining as Richard Park scored his 10th of the season and third in two nights by batting his own rebound over goaltender Evgeni Nabokov's right shoulder from the doorstep.

Nabokov then made a tremendous save on a slap shot by Doug Weight, stopping the puck with the handle of his stick just inches in front of the goal line after New York came in on a 2-on-1 rush.

Grier extended San Jose's lead to 4-1 with 7:38 remaining in the contest, but Tim Jackman scored a shorthanded goal with 3:10 left and Pock made it a one-goal game with 63 seconds to go.

With MacDonald pulled for an extra attacker, Pock intercepted a clearing pass at the blue line and fired a shot that sailed past Nabokov's glove. It was Pock's first goal in 36 games dating to March 31, 2007.

"The only plus for us is that we got some shots and got some pucks to the net," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. "Still, at the end of the day, they are a pretty tough team to beat."

The Sharks, who outshot the Islanders, 47-24, hung on as Marleau scored an empty-netter with 10 seconds left to seal the win.

"We will focus on the lapses that let them back in the game," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "It's unacceptable that we are up 4-1 with three minutes in the game and we go on the power play and give them a shorthanded goal.

"We have a lot of learning to do. We have an empty net with 15 seconds and the puck at the hash marks and we try to pass it. That's unacceptable."

MacDonald tied a career high with 42 saves.

"They threw a lot of pucks on net," MacDonald said. "But I saw a lot of pucks, and our D did a good job of letting me see them. We've got to keep working."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 2 1 2 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - RYANE CLOWE 16 (MILAN MICHALEK, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF)
    11:20
    SAN - MIKE GRIER 6 (MARCEL GOC, JONATHAN CHEECHOO) 19:39
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    NY ISLANDERS 3
    SAN JOSE 5
    3RD PRD: SAN - (EN) PATRICK MARLEAU 19 (JOE THORNTON, TOMAS PLIHAL)
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    NY ISLANDERS 1
    SAN JOSE 4
    3RD PRD: SAN - MIKE GRIER 7 (JONATHAN CHEECHOO, ROB BLAKE) 12:22

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 1 1
    SAN JOSE 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - RYANE CLOWE 16 (MILAN MICHALEK, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF)
    11:20
    SAN - MIKE GRIER 6 (MARCEL GOC, JONATHAN CHEECHOO) 19:39
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    2ND PRD: NYI - RICHARD PARK 10 (MARK STREIT, TRENT HUNTER) 16:04

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    SAN JOSE 3
    2ND PRD: SAN - DAN BOYLE 12 (JONATHAN CHEECHOO, JOE THORNTON) 7:51

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    SAN JOSE 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
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    1ST PRD: SAN - RYANE CLOWE 16 (MILAN MICHALEK, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF)
    11:20
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    1ST PRD: SAN - RYANE CLOWE 16 (MILAN MICHALEK, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF)
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