San Jose at Edmonton

Nabokov collects 40th win for league-leading Sharks

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Evgeni Nabokov and the NHL-leading San Jose Sharks moved a step closer to their first Presidents' Trophy as the regular-season points champion.

Nabokov made 25 saves for his 40th victory of the season, and Jonathan Cheechoo and Dan Boyle scored in San Jose's 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

At 51-15-11, San Jose matched the franchise victory record set in 2006-07. Nabokov improved to 40-9-8 and helped the Sharks push their points total to 113 -- three more than Eastern Conference leader Boston and six ahead of Detroit.

"We do care about the points, but we care more about the way we play," Nabokov said. "With a lot of guys out of the lineup we have to tidy it up a little bit. We have to be disciplined and that's what we are right now. "

Sam Gagner scored for Edmonton, tied for 10th in the Western Conference. The Oilers have lost three straight and six of their last seven.

"It's disappointing," Gagner said. "The battle level and the intensity were there. The guys were working hard and creating a lot of chances. Obviously at this time it comes down to results though. We aren't out of anything yet and we have to pick ourselves up for the next game."

Cheechoo opened the scoring at 52 seconds of the first period, ducking behind Joe Thornton and using him as a screen on goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Boyle made it 2-0 on a power-play rebound at 8:16 of the second.

"It was a simple road win," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "I don't know that we were at our best. I thought Edmonton threw everything they had us. They came very hard. We had to be very prepared."

Gagner scored on a power play with 1:42 left in the second.

Notes

  • Defenseman Rob Blake and forward Marcel Goc both returned to San Jose's lineup. In their last outing against Calgary, the Sharks were missing nine players due to injury. Among those still on the mend for San Jose are forwards Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe.
  • Roloson made his 34th consecutive start.
  • Sharks center Joe Pavelski extended his scoring streak to seven games with a second-period assist.
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Evgeni Nabokov uses his blocker for one of his saves to improve to an impressive 40-9-8. (Getty Images)
Evgeni Nabokov uses his blocker for one of his saves to improve to an impressive 40-9-8. (Getty Images)
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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
52.0Jonathan Cheechoo (11), Snap Shot. Assist: Roenick, Blake
2ND PERIOD
08:16Power Play - Dan Boyle (16), Slap Shot. Assist: Pavelski, Ehrhoff
18:18Power Play - Sam Gagner (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nilsson, Penner
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
13:33Roloson, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
14:17Roenick, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
16:12Michalek, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
07:49Grebeshkov, 2 min, Interference
12:02Hemsky, 2 min, Hooking
16:50Michalek, 2 min, High-Sticking
17:35Kotalik, 2 min, Tripping
17:35Pavelski, 2 min, Diving/Embellishment
3RD PERIOD
08:05Moen, 2 min, Interference
13:14Murray, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
San Jose89522
Edmonton611926
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Evgeni Nabokov59:46251
Dwayne Roloson58:47202
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Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Mark Wheler
 
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