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Sharks try to hand Blue Jackets their fourth straight loss

Oct 23, 2006 - 2:04 PM San Jose (6-2-0) at Columbus (2-3-1) 7:00 pm EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- It will not be a shock if the San Jose Sharks get off to a good start on their five-game road trip.

The Sharks visit the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets, who have lost three in a row, on Monday.

The contest with the Blue Jackets is the first of five road games for the Sharks, who will travel to Detroit and Nashville in back-to-back games starting Wednesday. San Jose is 2-1-0 away from home this season.

San Jose's major strength - the power play - is one of Columbus' biggest shortcomings. The Sharks have scored an NHL-leading 14 goals with the man advantage while the Blue Jackets have killed just 31 of their opponents' 40 power plays.

Patrick Marleau tallied and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov made 14 saves but it was not enough as San Jose had its three-game winning streak stopped with a 4-1 setback to Minnesota on Saturday. The Sharks came up empty on four power-play opportunities.

Columbus fell to Pittsburgh, 5-3, on Saturday. Nikolai Zherdev netted his third goal of the season and David Vyborny added two assists while rookie netminder Fredrik Norrena stopped 29 shots for the Blue Jackets, who are just 2-for-21 with the man advantage during their slide.

These two teams split four meetings last season.

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