Final

Series (Game 1 of 2)

San Jose leads 2-0

Game 1: Tuesday, November 19th
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Game 2: Saturday, December 14th
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Sharks 3

(7-9-2, 17 pts)

Capitals 2

(8-9-0, 18 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 19, 2002

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 T
SJ 0 2 13
WSH 0 0 22

E. Nabokov (Sharks - G): Saves: 46, Save Pct.: .958

O. Nolan (Sharks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

O. Kolzig (Capitals - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: .897

Nabokov almost single-handedly beats Capitals

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Although Evgeni Nabokov saved the San Jose Sharks, he didn't want too much credit.

Evgeni Nabokov
Nabokov

Nabokov made 46 saves, frustrating the Washington Capitals and leading San Jose to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

''I was lucky a little bit,'' Nabokov said. ''We're always talking about you have to be lucky to win games like that. We were lucky today.''

Nabokov came up big in the third period, making 18 saves as Washington pressured the Sharks throughout and finished with a 48-29 edge in shots.

''It was one of those games where they played better, but our goaltender saved us and won the game,'' said San Jose's Vincent Damphousse.

Teemu Selanne, Patrick Marleau and Owen Nolan scored for the Sharks, who climbed out of last place in the Pacific Division.

Michael Nylander and Mike Grier scored for Washington, which had gone 129 minutes, 20 seconds without a goal.

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 both posts.

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 power play.

''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 save.

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.''

Game notes


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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