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Sharks net three in third to top Thrashers

Feb 22, 2009 - 1:28 AM
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Ryane Clowe scored one of three third-period goals for the San Jose Sharks in Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Jonathan Cheechoo and Joe Thornton also scored on the power play or the Sharks, who recorded their third straight win and set a franchise record with their 26th home win of the season.

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 22 shots as San Jose won all three games of a short homestand following a 1-2-4 stretch that included a five-game road trip.

"We don't play early games much, I think it's our first home game at 1:00, but we came out aggressive in the third and scored two quick goals to win this game," said Nabokov.

The action picked up early in the third period after Nabokov and Kari Lehtonen combined to keep each team off the scoreboard in the opening 40 minutes.

"Sometimes these games are a little bit predictable," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "The standings sometimes get in the way of your preparation. They are a pretty good offensive hockey club; they mowed their way through some good teams in the west. The energy level obviously wasn't where it needed to be early."

Clowe scored his 21st of the season just 30 seconds into the period and Cheechoo followed with man-advantage tally 2:25 later. Joe Pavelski assisted on Clowe's goal, giving him a career-high six game assist streak.

"As soon as the second period was over, we talked about having good shots but no net presence," Pavelski said. "You go to the net like that, you get rewarded, you can't wait for a lucky bounce. You have to get in his face."

With an assist on Cheechoo's tally 2:55 into the third period, Jeremy Roenick recorded his 700th career NHL point.

"JR's a special player, he lifts everybody up when he's on the ice, and he holds us all accountable in the locker room," Cheechoo said.

"It just means I've played a long time with a lot of good players," Roenick said. "I waited a long time for that sucker -- 28 games is a long time not to play."

Roenick, who had been out of action since December 11 because of a shoulder injury, became the 48th player in league history and sixth American to reach the 700-assist mark.

"Right from the first time I stepped on the ice for my first shift, it was a great feeling," Roenick added. "It's difficult physically to come back from the injury, but the fan response was wonderful. It was nice to get back on the ice and comfortable in front of your own fans."

The Thrashers sliced the deficit in half when Bryan Little took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play to score his 25th goal of the season.

"I think it gives me a little more confidence," Little said of the two-man advantage score. "I think I went through 9 or 10 games without getting a point before this road trip. I think I'm shooting the puck more which is the biggest thing for me and I've got my confidence back now."

San Jose regained a two-goal edge when Thornton put a loose puck past Lehtonen with 6:42 remaining in the game. Dan Boyle's shot from the point was knocked down by traffic in front, but the puck trickled to Thornton at the left of the net.

Lehtonen made 28 saves for Atlanta, which concluded a four-game road trip with a 2-2-0 mark.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ATLANTA 0 0 1 1
    SAN JOSE 0 0 3 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: SAN - RYANE CLOWE 21 (MILAN MICHALEK, JOE PAVELSKI) 0:30
    SAN - (PP) JONATHAN CHEECHOO 9 (JEREMY ROENICK, ROB BLAKE)
    2:55
    ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 25 (VYACHESLAV KOZLOV, TODD WHITE)
    7:37
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    ATLANTA 1
    SAN JOSE 3
    3RD PRD: SAN - (PP) JOE THORNTON 15 (DAN BOYLE, DEVIN SETOGUCHI) 13:18

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    ATLANTA 1
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    3RD PRD: ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 25 (VYACHESLAV KOZLOV, TODD WHITE)
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    3RD PRD: SAN - (PP) JONATHAN CHEECHOO 9 (JEREMY ROENICK, ROB BLAKE)
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    ATLANTA 0
    SAN JOSE 1
    3RD PRD: SAN - RYANE CLOWE 21 (MILAN MICHALEK, JOE PAVELSKI) 0:30

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    ATLANTA 0 0 0
    SAN JOSE 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ATL 5 7 12
    SAN 7 12 19
    GOALIES: ATL - KARI LEHTONEN
    SAN - EVGENI NABOKOV

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    SAN JOSE 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ATL 5 5
    SAN 7 7
    GOALIES: ATL - KARI LEHTONEN
    SAN - EVGENI NABOKOV

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