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Sharks steal win with late Damphousse goal

12/7/2002

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Vincent Damphousse made Ron Wilson's
coaching debut with the San Jose Sharks successful.

Damphousse scored with 1:45 remaining as the Sharks defeated the
Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Friday night.

"You always want to make a good first impression,'' Sharks
captain Owen Nolan said. "There's a little bit of a new system and
we had trouble adjusting to it but it was a good effort.''

Patrick Marleau scored a short-handed goal midway through the
third period to tie the game. Scott Thornton also scored for the
Sharks, who snapped a three-game home losing streak.

Wilson took over for Darryl Sutter, who was fired last weekend,
after Cap Raeder served as interim coach for one game.

"I didn't overwhelm them with too many things,'' Wilson said.
"I was an observer and I noticed things that I am going to work on
changing over the next month.''

Geoff Sanderson scored two goals for Columbus, which has lost
three straight and six of seven.

"We just didn't finish on enough of our power-play chances,''
Blue Jackets coach Dave King said. "The short-handed goals ended
up being very important.''

Sanderson, who has 10 goals in 21 career games against the
Sharks, snapped a personal seven-game drought with the pair of
goals.

"The goals don't matter because we lost,'' Sanderson said.
"Losing leaves a bad taste in the mouth.''

Damphousse took a pass from Adam Graves and wristed it off the
left post from 10 feet out for the game winner.

Marleau scored from 10 feet out after Teemu Selanne picked up
the puck near the left circle and passed it to him. Marleau wristed
a shot into the upper left corner of the net for his 10th goal of
the season.

"We had to go over some new stuff in a meeting before the game
but everything else was normal,'' said Selanne, who played for
Wilson on the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. "The bottom line is that we
found a way to score two goals in the third period.''

Sanderson gave Columbus the lead with a short-handed goal 1:48
into the contest. He stole a pass from Mike Rathje in his own zone
and skated down the left side, beating Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov
to the stick side with a wrist shot for his 13th goal.

"We changed a few things out there so there a little
hesitation,'' Marleau said. "We have smart guys in here so we were
able to catch on pretty quickly.''

The Sharks got off to a slow start -- despite the early power
play -- and didn't take their first shot on goal until Damphousse
took a wraparound with 9:54 remaining in the first period.

San Jose got even midway through the second period when Thornton
scored his fourth goal of the season, on a power play. Marco Sturm
collected the puck in his own zone and skated up the right side. He
sent a soft crossing pass to Thornton, who one-timed it past
Columbus goalie Marc Denis.

Sanderson scored his second goal, on a power play, with less
than three seconds to play in the second period snapping a Blue
Jackets streak of 1-for-26 in power-play tries over their previous
seven road games. Jaroslav Spacek took a shot from the point and
Sanderson gathered in the rebound and shot it past Nabokov from the
left side.

The Sharks have allowed a power-play goal in eight straight
games.

Game notes
The Sharks expect D Dan McGillis, acquired in a trade with
the Philadelphia Flyers, to be in uniform and ready to play
Saturday. ... Columbus F Jody Shelley served his one-game
suspension for his altercation with Rangers F Ronald Petrovicky.
... Nolan was back in the lineup for his 800th career game after
missing a game to injury. ... Columbus scored their sixth
short-handed goal of the season, tied for second -- with Dallas -- in
the NHL.