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Delmore scores winning goal on power play

12/8/2002

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Tomas Vokoun was good when he needed to
be, and that meant all the difference for the Nashville Predators.

Vokoun stopped 28 of 30 shots, including 15 of 16 in the first
period, and the Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Saturday
night.

Andy Delmore scored the game-winner with a power-play goal early
in the third period and the Predators defense took care of the
rest.

Kimmo Timonen and Vernon Fiddler also scored for the Predators,
who have won consecutive games for the first time this season.

"They dominated us in the first 30 minutes,'' Nashville coach
Barry Trotz said. "We got mixed up and out of synch. It could have
been over early, but Tomas came up with a couple of big saves.''

Vincent Damphousse and Teemu Selanne scored for the Sharks, who
had won two straight, including Friday night's 3-2 win over
Columbus in coach Ron Wilson's debut. No San Jose coach has ever
started 2-0.

"We need to bottle the first 30 minutes when we got up 2-1,''
Wilson said. "We couldn't stick with it long enough to finish. It
got away from us with sloppy play and their goaltender made some
really key saves.''

Delmore recorded his ninth power-play goal -- tops among NHL
defenseman -- by firing a shot past Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov
from the blue line on the left side.

"In some ways, we stole the game,'' Trotz said. "They didn't
capitalize on some of their chances and we got a couple of lucky
bounces, some timely saves and timely goals. The hockey gods evened
it up for us. We feel fortunate because we've been on the other
end.''

Timonen got the Predators on the scoreboard first when his shot
on goal was deflected off the stick of San Jose defenseman Jeff
Jillson with 6:57 left in the first period.

The Sharks tied it three minutes later when Vokoun couldn't
handle Damphousse's shot, letting the puck dribble past the line.
Owen Nolan took a shot that rebounded off Vokoun to Damphousse.

Selanne gave San Jose a 2-1 lead with his team-leading 15th goal
midway through the second period on a power-play goal from in front
of the net. Scott Hannan drew Vokoun's attention before he dished
off to Selanne, who has 19 points -- nine goals -- in 19 career games
against Nashville.

Fiddler scored his fourth goal to tie it 2-2. Brent Gilchrist
threw the puck toward the net after winning a faceoff, and Fiddler
punched it past Nabokov.

"I wasn't able to find the puck at the right time,'' said
Nabokov, who made 18 saves. "I wasn't quick enough.''

The Sharks converted just one of seven power plays.

Scott Walker added an empty-net goal with 38 seconds left.

"They threw everything at us early and we weathered the storm,
thanks to Tomas,'' Trotz said. "He was solid, moving around and
forcing the puck in the air.''

Game notes
After their road game at Anaheim on Sunday, the Predators
play 12 of their next 15 games at home. ... Timonen's previous 13
points all came on the power play. ... D Dan McGillis made his
debut with the Sharks. ... Sharks LW Scott Thornton needs two
assists for 100. ... Nashville entered 28th in the league in
penalty-killing on the road, while the Sharks are 28th overall in
penalty-killing.