Starting with Selanne's heady power-play goal that ended more
than 119 minutes of scoreless play, San Jose pounded Ottawa goalie
Patrick Lalime for five goals in the second period -- four in a
furious 5:45 span.
The Sharks breezed past the Senators, who had just one
regulation loss in their previous 15 games.
"When we got that first goal, I think we got the really good
momentum going," Selanne said. "It was exactly what we needed."
The scoring flurry was a remarkable change for the Sharks, who
were shut out by Nashville on Tuesday night. Scoring has come
inconsistently all season for San Jose, but all four lines
contributed to a convincing win over Ottawa in the teams' only
meeting this season.
"We didn't get any saves in the second, and they just kept
getting goals," Ottawa coach Jacques Martin said. "We actually
played pretty good, but we ran into trouble with penalties, and
then the floodgates opened."
Adam Graves got a short-handed goal, while Matt Bradley and
rookie Jeff Jillson also scored for San Jose. Daniel Alfredsson and
Marian Hossa scored for the Senators, who are in the midst of a
five-game, nine-day road trip.
Evgeni Nabokov, starting for the ninth time in 10 games, stopped
20 shots for his 28th victory of the season. He was much sharper
than Lalime, who looked worn out after posting a .950 save
percentage in his previous five starts.
"This isn't the first time I've given up this many (goals), nor
will it be the last," Lalime said. "It's one to forget, and then
get on to the next."
San Jose maintained its three-point lead over Los Angeles atop
the Pacific Division, while Ottawa missed a chance to move past
Toronto and Boston atop the Northeast Division.
Selanne, who hadn't scored in four games, got the Sharks started
with his 21st goal early in the second period after he stripped the
puck from Magnus Arvedson.
"We needed to score one to break out," San Jose coach Darryl
Sutter said. "It was a good sign, because we were down 1-0. There
are teams that lose three in a row, and if they're down 1-0,
they'll throw in the towel. We didn't."
San Jose's leading goal-scorer also figured in two apparent
goals that were pulled off the board later in the period. Officials
ruled Selanne pushed Lalime into the net while scoring on a
rebound; moments later, Selanne's tripping penalty negated a goal
by Bryan Marchment.
But Bradley and Jillson, who got a slap shot past Lalime from
the blue line, put San Jose ahead midway through the period. Two
minutes later, Graves stole the puck at mid-ice and beat Lalime
with a long shot that the goalie should have stopped.
Lalime, making his fifth straight start since the Olympic break,
also looked confused just 45 seconds later, when Sturm put a quick
wrist shot past him. It was Sturm's 16th goal of the season,
matching the career high he set in 1999.
"After Teemu scored, it opened up everyone's eyes a little,"
Lalime was replaced by Simon Lajeunesse, who stopped nine shots
in his NHL debut. Lajeunesse, recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL
on Tuesday, was the Senators' second-round draft pick in 1999.
Sharks captain Owen Nolan, who got an assist, has 29 points
in 24 career games against Ottawa. ... Ottawa D Chris Phillips, the
subject of numerous trade rumors, was a healthy scratch. Veteran
Ricard Persson took Phillips' spot. ... Lajeunesse was in the
low-level East Coast Hockey League in December. He's filling in for
backup goalie Jani Hurme, who has a pulled groin.