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Nabokov, Michalek help Sharks bury Avalanche

Jan 28, 2009 - 5:57 AM
By Derek Nagy PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

DENVER (Ticker) -- The All-Star break certainly did not cool off Evgeni Nabokov and the San Jose Sharks.

Nabokov made 31 saves to record his third shutout of the season and Milan Michalek netted a pair of goals as the Sharks skated to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

Captain Patrick Marleau added an empty-netter for San Jose, which has posted an 8-2-0 record this month, with both losses coming against the Calgary Flames.

An All-Star Game snub despite posting a 25-5-4 record over the unofficial halfway point of the campaign, Nabokov turned aside nine shots in the opening period, 10 in the second and 12 in the third to complete his 43rd career blanking.

"Let's be honest, a couple times I got lucky, but that's hockey," Nabokov said. "Sometimes you have to be lucky to get a shutout, and a couple times today, I was lucky. But we were good around the net to get to all those bounces."

"As a group, we're really pleased with (Nabokov's) effort," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "He made a number of great saves and it allowed us to have a lot of confidence in our end. He was tremendous."

Michalek opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 8:15 of the first session and notched his 13th of the season with 91 seconds left in the middle period.

Andrew Raycroft stopped 35 shots for the Avalanche, who have lost five of their last six contests and were shut out for the fifth time this season.

"Raycroft played well, too," said Colorado's Ian Laperriere, who was activated from injured reserve earlier in the day. "If it wasn't for him, it could have been 4- or 5-0. We just need to bear down. We had a couple chances with an empty net and put it wide. It's frustrating, but what can you do?"

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff set up Michalek's first goal, carrying the puck into the offensive zone and around the net. He then slid a pass to Michalek, who was streaking toward the net, and his one-timer beat Raycroft.

The 24-year-old Michalek's next tally came on an individual effort. He took a pass from Tomas Plihal in the neutral zone, skated over the blue line and beat Raycroft to the stick side with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle.

"It was a lost puck in the neutral zone and I was looking for the pass the whole time," Michalek said. "But it wasn't there and I saw an opening under his blocker, so I shot it there."

Michalek, who scored two goals in a game for the first time since November 13, has four tallies in his last five contests.

"It's very important to get started going good again," Michalek said. "It was great to get five days off to forget about hockey for a few days and recharge the batteries. It was hard tonight for everybody, but we got the win."

All-Star Marleau sealed the win with 38 seconds remaining in the game, depositing his 26th goal of the season into a vacant net.

Despite playing well and keeping his team in the game, Raycroft dropped his fourth consecutive decision as the Avalanche (23-24-1) fell below .500 for the the first time since December 5.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 1 1 1 3
    COLORADO 0 0 0 0 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) MILAN MICHALEK 12 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, RYANE
    CLOWE) 8:15
    2ND PRD: SAN - MILAN MICHALEK 13 (JOE PAVELSKI, ROB BLAKE) 1:31
    3RD PRD: SAN - (EN) PATRICK MARLEAU 26 (TOMAS PLIHAL, JOE THORNTON)
    19:22
    POWER-PLAY

    Jan 27 11:30 PM


  • NHL
    SAN JOSE 3
    COLORADO 0
    3RD PRD: SAN - (EN) PATRICK MARLEAU 26 (TOMAS PLIHAL, JOE THORNTON)
    19:22

    Sharks 3, Avalanche 0  3rd - 0:38Jan 27 11:29 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 1 1 2
    COLORADO 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) MILAN MICHALEK 12 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, RYANE
    CLOWE) 8:15
    2ND PRD: SAN - MILAN MICHALEK 13 (JOE PAVELSKI) 1:31
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN 5 16

    Jan 27 10:40 PM
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    Sharks 2, Avalanche 0  2nd - 10:24Jan 27 10:23 PM


  • NHL
    SAN JOSE 2
    COLORADO 0
    2ND PRD: SAN - MILAN MICHALEK 13 (JOE PAVELSKI) 1:31

    Sharks 2, Avalanche 0  2nd - 18:29Jan 27 10:05 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 1 1
    COLORADO 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) MILAN MICHALEK 12 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, RYANE
    CLOWE) 8:15
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN 5 5
    COL 9 9
    GOALIES: SAN - EVGEN

    Jan 27 9:46 PM


  • NHL
    SAN JOSE 1
    COLORADO 0
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) MILAN MICHALEK 12 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, RYANE CLOWE)
    8:15

    Sharks 1, Avalanche 0  1st - 11:45Jan 27 9:22 PM