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Michalek, Marleau lift Sharks past Senators

Feb 27, 2009 - 5:02 AM
OTTAWA (Ticker) -- Milan Michalek and captain Patrick Marleau netted power-play goals just 78 seconds apart in the second period to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

Brian Boucher made 23 saves in his first start in over two weeks for the Sharks, who have won five of their last six contests.

"The resilience that we have as a team to come back and play three games in four nights on the road and win is always a good sign," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "It's a quality that we'll need come playoff time. A lot of mental toughness tonight in our hockey club."

Alex Auld turned aside 22 shots and Mike Fisher scored the lone goal for the Senators, who have lost four of their last five games.

Facing a 1-0 deficit, the Sharks responded with a pair of quick goals after Ottawa rookie defenseman Brian Lee was whistled for holding and unsportsmanlike conduct, giving San Jose the man advantage for four minutes.

"You can't afford to take penalties like that," Senators interim coach Cory Clouston said. "You have to earn the respect of the officials."

"On the bench, we felt the momentum was kind of changed when that happened and we wanted to bear down and make them pay," All-Star center Joe Thornton said.

Michalek leveled the contest at 8:34 remaining the middle session, taking a pass from Joe Pavelski at the right doorstep and stuffing his attempt past Auld.

Still on the power play, Marleau beat Auld with a snap shot just over a minute later for his 34th goal of the season.

It was enough offense for Boucher, who improved to 13-2-3 over the last two campaigns with San Jose. He also collected his first win against Ottawa in seven career games.

"It's almost like a mold the way he comes in and plays," McLellan said of the netminder. "He gives us a chance to win and he is very calm. When he gets a chance to play, the players want to play for him."

"We kind of took a while to get going," Boucher said. "But once we got going, we did a good job of shutting them down."

The Senators opened the scoring with 6:14 left in the first period. On the man advantage, Fisher deflected defenseman Chris Campoli's slap shot from the high slot past Boucher.

"They are one of the best teams in the league," Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "We knew it wasn't going to be an easy game, but I think we felt comfortable coming into the game that we can beat them and we came close."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 0 2 0 2
    OTTAWA 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - (PP) MIKE FISHER 9 (CHRIS CAMPOLI, DANY HEATLEY) 13:46
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) MILAN MICHALEK 17 (JOE PAVELSKI, MARC-EDOUARD
    VLASIC) 11:26
    SAN - (PP) PATRICK MARLEAU 34 (JEREMY ROENICK, JOE THORNTON)
    12:44
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 0 2 2
    OTTAWA 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - (PP) MIKE FISHER 9 (CHRIS CAMPOLI, DANY HEATLEY) 13:46
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) MILAN MICHALEK 17 (JOE PAVELSKI, MARC-EDOUARD
    VLASIC) 11:26
    SAN - (PP) JEREMY ROENICK 4 (JOE THORNTON, DAN BOYLE) 12:44
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    SAN JOSE 2
    OTTAWA 1
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) JEREMY ROENICK 4 (JOE THORNTON, DAN BOYLE) 12:44

    Sharks 2, Senators 1  2nd - 7:16Feb 26 8:57 PM
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    SAN JOSE 1
    OTTAWA 1
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) MILAN MICHALEK 17 (JOE PAVELSKI, MARC-EDOUARD
    VLASIC) 11:26

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 0 0
    OTTAWA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - (PP) MIKE FISHER 9 (CHRIS CAMPOLI, DANY HEATLEY) 13:46
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    GOALIES: SAN - BRIAN BOUCHE

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    SAN JOSE 0
    OTTAWA 1
    1ST PRD: OTT - (PP) MIKE FISHER 9 (CHRIS CAMPOLI, DANY HEATLEY) 13:46

    Sharks 0, Senators 1  1st - 6:14Feb 26 8:06 PM
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