The Capitals had a season-high 48 shots, but Nabokov repeatedly
stopped them, often in extra-man situations. He made a big stop on
Jaromir Jagr with about 5 seconds left and the Capitals on the
power play. Jagr also had a shot moments earlier that rattled off
Washington went only 1-for-9 on the power play, dropping to
4-for-30 in its last six games. The Sharks were 2-for-5 on the
''It was just a straight game of special teams,'' San Jose coach
Darryl Sutter said. ''It's the difference in the game, it's 2-1.''
Nabokov's saves played a big part in helping the Sharks stop
several Washington power-play chances.
''He was our best penalty killer tonight,'' said San Jose's Mike
Ricci. ''Nabokov was outstanding.''
Selanne gave San Jose a 1-0 lead by scoring at 7:15 of the
second period. He outraced Washington defenseman J.F. Fortin to the
puck, swept around the net and scored.
Marleau made it 2-0 on the power play just 2:02 later, easily
tapping in a loose puck near the goal line following Olaf Kolzig's
Washington cut the lead in half on its second five-on-three
opportunity of the game. Nylander scored from in front following
Robert Lang's pass at 2:35 of the second period, making it 2-1 and
ending Washington's scoreless streak.
Nolan gave the Sharks a 3-1 lead with a power-play goal at 9:14
of the third period.
Grier made it 3-2 with 7:20 left by tapping in a rebound.
Washington coach Bruce Cassidy was still puzzled over Lang's
disallowed goal in the first period -- the officials ruled he kicked
it -- but liked how his team is working through an offensive slump.
''We kept playing and we played hard,'' Cassidy said. ''We just
collectively as a group have to play through it.''
Sergei Gonchar still has Washington's only goal from a
defenseman, but his 12 assists lead the team. ... The Capitals
couldn't score in the first period despite a season-best 18 shots.
... The Sharks have won six straight against the Capitals,
including the last four in Washington.
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Arena: Verizon Center Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Referees: Stephane Auger, Dan O'Halloran Linesmen: Tim Nowak, Pierre Racicot
Attendance: 13,137 (71.4% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Teemu Selanne (10)
Assist: Patrick Marleau
Patrick Marleau (5)
(Power Play) Assists: Marco Sturm, Mike Rathje
Michael Nylander (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Robert Lang, Jaromir Jagr
Owen Nolan (5)
(Power Play) Assists: Vincent Damphousse, Mike Ricci
Mike Grier (2)
Assists: Michael Nylander, Peter Bondra