Suter's 200th career goal proved to be the game-winner as the
San Jose Sharks defeated the Flyers 5-2 on Wednesday night and snapped
their longest winless streak of the season.
Nolan added a goal and two assists as the Sharks beat
Philadelphia at home for the first time in seven meetings.
"We got back to playing tough, aggressive hockey and it paid
off for us," Nolan said. "We got away from that a little bit, but
we addressed some issues and I thought we outworked them."
Suter scored on a two-man advantage five minutes into the final
period after a series of crisp passes from Nolan and Niklas
Sundstrom created an opening in which to shoot. It was the Sharks'
second power-play goal in 31 opportunities.
"That goal was for my son Jacob," Suter said. "He kept asking
me when I was going to score my 200th. I told him I don't score as
often as I used to, so he told me `just shoot the puck.' It was a
spot in the game where we had to score."
"I thought we had a real good hockey game going," Philadelphia
coach Bill Barber said. "Then everything erupted and we came out
on the short end of the stick."
Nolan created the Sharks' first goal, skating behind the net and
centering a pass to Graves, who wristed it past Cechmanek with 6:11
left in the first.
"It was kind of rough there for a bit," San Jose's Marcus
Ragnarsson said. "I think we came out stronger. I think in the
past we've let them take it to us. This time we stepped up and
played their style."
The Flyers tied it on a similar play with 36 seconds left in the
period. Jeremy Roenick had the puck behind the net and passed it
off to Murray, who had a wide open shot into the net. Sharks goalie
Mikka Kiprusoff, playing in his eighth game of the season, stayed
with Roenick -- who recorded his 29th assist.
Thornton's goal four minutes into the second period gave San
Jose a 2-1 lead. Sundstrom made a nice leading pass to the net,
where Thornton tapped a shot in.
"We weren't able to match them hit for hit," said Flyers
center Keith Primeau, who left the game early in the third period
with an apparent right arm injury.
Williams redirected Eric Weinrich's shot from just inside the
blue line to tie it at 2.
Harvey scored with just over five minutes remaining.
Flyers forward Ruslan Fedotenko sprained his right ankle in the
second period and did not return.
Flyers LW Simon Gagne, tops in the NHL with a plus-24
rating, was scratched because of a bruised left shoulder. He was
hurt Saturday in Colorado. ... Nolan's assist was his 202nd with
San Jose, surpassing Jeff Friesen for the franchise record. ...
Sharks C Mark Smith returned to practice on Tuesday after injuring
his knee on Friday, but was scratched from the lineup. ...
Philadelphia has one more stop, at Carolina on Sunday, on its
season-long six-game road trip. ... The Flyers were held to four
shots in the third period.