San Jose at Philadelphia

Ex-Flyer Roenick lifts Sharks in shootout, keeps former team winless


PHILADELPHIA -- Former Flyers star Jeremy Roenick made what he expects to be his final game in Philadelphia a memorable one.

Roenick scored the deciding goal in a shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a 7-6 victory against the Flyers on Wednesday night, Philadelphia's season-opening sixth consecutive loss.

"This most likely will be my last game in this building, and it's a nice way to finish," said Roenick, who was a fan favorite with the Flyers when he played in Philadelphia from 2001-2004.

"This city really means a lot to me. I've have a lot of great memories in this building," added Roenick, who received a nice ovation when he was shown on the jumbo screen early in the game.

"That was awesome," he said. "This is one building I'll never forget."

Joe Pavelski, who also scored for San Jose in the shootout, is not surprised that the Sharks have won six of their first seven games.

"We've found ways to win just about in all sorts of games," Pavelski explained.

Pavelski and Roenick beat Martin Biron to the glove side to help the Sharks salvage the victory after they blew a 6-4 lead in the third period.

"We just have not had any success in the shootout, for whatever reason," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "It's a tough way to lose a game."

Philadelphia had a 3-6 record in shootouts last season. Two of Philadelphia's other losses this season have come in overtime.

Pavelski had a goal and assist in regulation, Patrick Marleau added two goals and two assists, and Ryane Clowe and Devin Setoguchi each had a goal and an assist.

Joffrey Lupul scored twice and Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Scottie Upshall and Daniel Briere added goals for the winless Flyers. Briere tied it with 1:05 left in the third period when he punched the puck past goalie Evgeni Nabokov during a wild power-play scramble in front of the net.

Briere said that the Flyers have to do a better job defensively in front of the goal.

"I don't know what's going on, why they are scoring goals from there," Briere said. "It's disappointing. As a group we need to do a better job clearing the area around the net."

Boyle broke a 4-4 tie at 12:52 of the second period when he picked up a loose puck during a scramble to the side of the net and swept it past Biron. Marleau made it 6-4 with his second goal on a wraparound 47 seconds into the third.

Lupul pulled Philadelphia closer 17 seconds later with his second goal, firing a slap shot off Nabokov's glove.

Philadelphia goalie Antero Niittymaki was lifted after San Jose took a 4-3 lead on 15 shots during a wild first period.

The seven goals were a new San Jose club record for most combined goals in the first period on the road.

Philadelphia jumped ahead 51 seconds into the game on Carter's unassisted short-handed goal, but San Jose took a 2-1 lead on power-play goals in a 58-second span. Pavelski scored on a deflection at 7:42, and Clowe hammered in a rebound at 8:40.

After Richards tied it with a wrist shot on a power play at 12:04, and Marleau put the Sharks at 15:45.

The teams then traded goals on rebound shots. Upshall scored on another power play at 17:54, and Setoguchi put back his own shot with 39 seconds left in the period.

"Deep down, we can't be very satisfied with our defensive effort," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "We weren't very happy with the way we played, with the way we turned the puck over."

Lupul pulled the Flyers into a 4-4 tie with his first goal of the season at 3:30 of the second period. He beat Nabokov to the far side with a shot at an almost-impossible angle from along the right baseline.


  • The Sharks outshot the Flyers 35-29. Philadelphia has been outshot 114-64 in its past three games.
  • Philadelphia LW Simon Gagne was scratched because of the flu.
  • The Flyers are 0-6-3 in their past nine games against the Sharks.
  • San Jose began a three game trip that continues at Florida and Tampa Bay.
  • The Sharks went into the game 0-for-10 on the power play on the road, tied for last in the NHL.
  • Philadelphia RW Andreas Nodl played in his first NHL game. He had an assist.
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Jeremy Roenick, who played three seasons in Philly, beats Martin Biron with the winner.  (Getty Images)
Jeremy Roenick, who played three seasons in Philly, beats Martin Biron with the winner. (Getty Images)
San Jose  (6-1-0) «41101 (2)7
Philadelphia (0-3-3)31200 (0)6
Three Stars
P. Marleau

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 2
J. Lupul

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
S. Upshall

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
51.0Short - Jeff Carter (4), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
07:42Power Play - Joe Pavelski (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Ehrhoff, Clowe
08:40Power Play - Ryane Clowe (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Pavelski, Vlasic
12:04Mike Richards (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Nodl
15:45Patrick Marleau (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Setoguchi, Semenov
17:54Power Play - Scottie Upshall (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Hartnell, Sbisa
19:21Devin Setoguchi (4), Backhand Shot. Assist: Marleau, Thornton
03:30Joffrey Lupul (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hartnell
12:52Dan Boyle (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Goc, Marleau
47.0Patrick Marleau (4), Wrap Shot. Assist: Goc, Grier
01:04Joffrey Lupul (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Richards
18:55Power Play - Daniel Briere (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Hartnell, Upshall
 Joe Pavelski (1), GOAL
 Jeremy Roenick (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
18.0Richards, 2 min, Holding
06:26Timonen, 2 min, Holding
08:18Alberts, 2 min, Interference
09:19Shelley, 2 min, Roughing
12:27Hartnell, 2 min, Interference
17:48Cheechoo, 2 min, Interference
17:36Upshall, 2 min, Tripping
14:30Carter, 4 min, Roughing
14:30Ehrhoff, 4 min, Roughing
18:10Marleau, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
San Jose1515535
Evgeni Nabokov 65:0023620
Martin Biron44:3418222
Antero Niittymaki20:0011400
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
San Jose2-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 19072
Referees - Brad Watson, David Banfield
Linesmen - Andy McElman, Lyle Seitz
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