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San Jose at St. Louis

Sharks goalie Nabokov earns fifth shutout, league-best 20th win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Evgeni Nabokov and the San Jose Sharks just keep winning.

Nabokov made 26 saves for his fifth shutout and league-leading 20th win of the season and the Sharks extended their club-record road winning streak to eight games with a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday.

"We stuck with the plan and we killed some big penalties," he said. "The key in a game like that is stay tight, stay patient and hope something good would happen."

The Sharks also set a team record by earning a point in their 11th straight road game (10-0-1). San Jose, which got a goal from Milan Michalek late in the third period, has outscored its opponents 32-16 over the stretch.

Nabokov now has 39 career shutouts, fourth among active goaltenders.

The Blues, who were blanked at home for the second straight game, have lost six of seven at the Scottrade Center. Blues goalie Manny Legace stopped 17 shots.

"You can give (Nabokov) credit for a lot of it, but we've got to start scoring goals," the Blues' Brad Boyes said. "We had chances. You've got to bear down. This is the NHL here. We've got to start scoring."

It appeared that the Blues would get at least a point, as the game was scoreless with less than four minutes left in regulation. But Michalek took advantage of a clearing pass that bounced off a skate behind the net and went straight to the slot. He beat Legace with a one-timer from the between the circles with 3:55 left.

Joe Thornton got an assist for his team-leading 42nd point.

The teams combined for 28 shots in the first two periods. St. Louis had a two-man advantage for 1:33 late in the second period. But a wide-open Martin Rucinsky fanned on a centering pass from just outside the crease.

"The 5-on-3 was unbelievable," Wilson said. "We stuffed that with really one scoring opportunity. We were happy about that, as that turned out to be the turning point of the game."

The Sharks' earlier best scoring opportunity came at 11:11 of the third period when Christian Ehrhoff was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked on a breakaway attempt by Eric Brewer. Legace stuffed Ehrhoff's backhand effort to keep the game scoreless.

Notes

  • During its last 11 road games, San Jose has killed off 32 of 35 penalties.
  • Blues D Steve Wagner was in the lineup in place of Barret Jackman, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a concussion.
  • Rookie F David Perron was also back in the lineup Friday for the Blues. Perron was a healthy scratch in Wednesday's game against Detroit for showing up late for a practice.
  • The Blues have not beaten the Sharks at home since Dec. 18, 2003.
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Evgeni Nabokov is outstanding with 26 saves for his league-leading 20th victory. (AP)
Evgeni Nabokov is outstanding with 26 saves for his league-leading 20th victory. (AP)
Scoreboard
San Jose  (20-12-5) «0011
St. Louis (18-14-3)0000
Three Stars
E. Nabokov
SJ


Saves: 26
Save Pct.: 1.000
M. Legace
STL


Saves: 17
Save Pct.: .944
M. Michalek
SJ


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
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2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
16:55Milan Michalek (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Steve Bernier, Joe Thornton
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:49Roenick, 2 min, Slashing
14:26Mayers, 2 min, Holding
16:38Backes, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
18:08Michalek, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
04:30Johnson, 2 min, Holding
13:06Boyes, 2 min, Hooking
15:46Mitchell, 2 min, Hooking
16:13McLaren, 2 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
09:03Ehrhoff, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
San Jose102618
St. Louis1061026
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Evgeni Nabokov60:00260
Manny Legace58:51171
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Linesmen - Ryan Galloway, Derek Nansen
 
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