Ottawa at San Jose

Marleau's goal in OT propels Sharks to seventh consecutive victory

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Patrick Marleau's name was bandied about in rumors all last month leading to up the trading deadline. The decision by the San Jose Sharks to keep their captain just might have been the spark he needed to turn around a difficult season.

Marleau scored his second goal of the game 3:05 into overtime to lead the Sharks to their seventh consecutive victory, 3-2 against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.

"A world of weight has been taken off his shoulders," said coach Ron Wilson, who had been Marleau's harshest critic since last postseason. "That's helped. It's always hard to play when you're worrying about being traded. That news that he wasn't energized him."

Marleau downplayed any relief he might have felt when he stayed in San Jose, but his performance speaks otherwise. He has three goals and three assists in the five games since the deadline after scoring only 10 goals in his first 58 games.

The winner came when Joe Pavelski centered a pass from behind the net that Marleau knocked past Martin Gerber for his 13th goal, and third in two games.

"It's nice to help the team defensively and offensively," he said. "Anytime you can chip in and help the team get two points, you have to be happy with your game."

The Sharks rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits in the third period, winning for only the third time in 23 games this season when they trailed after two periods.

San Jose made up ground in the Pacific Division on Dallas and Anaheim, which both lost Wednesday night. The Sharks moved one point past the Ducks and within three of the first-place Stars.

Jason Spezza scored both goals for the Senators, who have lost five of six and fell for only the fourth time in 30 games when leading after two.

Senators general manager-coach Bryan Murray probably wished he hadn't stuck around for the end of this game after being ejected late in the third period Monday night in a loss at Anaheim. Murray, who fired coach John Paddock late last month, fell to 1-3 since taking over the coaching duties.

"I thought we played well defensively, a 2-1 hockey game until late," Murray said. "We gave up a turnover in the neutral zone and that was the difference in them being able to tie it up. Other than that, I thought we were going to survive and get the two points."

Marleau also scored on the power play in the opening minute of the third period to tie it at 1 for San Jose. Marleau one-timed a pretty pass from newly acquired Brian Campbell in his first two-goal game of the season.

"Patty did all of the work tonight," said Campbell, who has five points in five games with San Jose. "I'm just trying to be creative out there."

Spezza gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead on the power play when he deflected a shot from the boards by Cory Stillman past Evgeni Nabokov with 7:10 remaining for his 27th goal.

But the Sharks answered in the closing minutes when Jonathan Cheechoo deflected Joe Thornton's centering pass in with 2:46 remaining in regulation. The goal was Cheechoo's 21st of the season and 16th in the past 23 games.

"It's disappointing to get a lead late in the game and not hold it," said Gerber, who made 27 saves. "You should be able to bring it home."

Nabokov made 17 saves for the Sharks, who held the Senators to a season-low 19 shots.

There were few scoring chances early until Ottawa capitalized on a mistake by San Jose midway through the second period. Chris Kelly and Dany Heatley combined to steal the puck from Douglas Murray in the Sharks zone. Heatley then fed Spezza, who beat Evgeni Nabokov from in front to give the Senators the 1-0 lead with his 26th goal.

Notes

  • Ottawa leading scorer Daniel Alfredsson missed the game after being cross-checked in the ribs Monday at Anaheim.
  • Sharks F Jeremy Roenick missed his second successive game with the flu.
  • This was the Senators' first game in San Jose in 1,600 days, a 4-1 victory on Oct. 18, 2003. The teams last played in Ottawa on Jan. 12, 2006.
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Patrick Marleau (12) gets the party started after his game-winning goal in overtime.  (AP)
Patrick Marleau (12) gets the party started after his game-winning goal in overtime. (AP)
Scoreboard
Ottawa (37-24-7)01102
San Jose  (38-21-8) «00213
Three Stars
P. Marleau
SJ


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
J. Cheechoo
SJ


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. Spezza
OTT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
11:23Jason Spezza (26), Wrist Shot. Assist: Dany Heatley, Chris Kelly
3RD PERIOD
58.0Power Play - Patrick Marleau (12), Snap Shot. Assist: Brian Campbell, Craig Rivet
12:50Power Play - Jason Spezza (27), Slap Shot. Assist: Cory Stillman, Andrej Meszaros
17:16Jonathan Cheechoo (21), Tip-In. Assist: Joe Thornton, Milan Michalek
OT
03:05Patrick Marleau (13), Wrap Shot. Assist: Douglas Murray, Joe Pavelski
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:12Mitchell, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
08:34Schubert, 2 min, Slashing
11:57Volchenkov, 2 min, Tripping
18:59Fisher, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
04:32Mitchell, 2 min, Hooking
12:21Campbell, 2 min, Interference
14:08Ehrhoff, 2 min, Tripping
OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Ottawa85518
San Jose7111129
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Martin Gerber 62:57273
Evgeni Nabokov 63:05172
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Ottawa1-for-2
San Jose1-for-2
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Referees - Mike Leggo, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Jay Sharrers, Mark Wheler
 
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