Series (Game 1 of 2)

San Jose leads 2-0

Game 1: Saturday, November 1st
Game 2: Tuesday, February 3rd

Sharks 6

(2-5-0, 8 pts)

Panthers 2

(4-6-0, 10 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 1, 2003

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 T
SJ 3 2 16
FLA 0 2 02

A. McCauley (Sharks - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

J. Cheechoo (Sharks - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

I. Novoseltsev (Panthers - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Goalie Nabokov snaps 16-game losing streak

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Alyn McCauley scored a career-high three goals, and Jonathan Cheechoo added two to help the San Jose Sharks snap a seven-game winless streak with a 6-2 victory Saturday night over the Florida Panthers.

Brad Stuart also scored for the Sharks, who hadn't won since beating Minnesota on Oct. 12.

Jay Bouwmeester and Nathan Horton scored for Florida, which fell to 1-3-1 at home. It was the first NHL goal for Horton, the third overall pick in this year's draft.

Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves in winning for the first time in his last 16 starts, a streak dating to last season.

Steve Shields made his second consecutive start in goal for Florida, but he struggled against his former team. Shields, who played for San Jose from 1998-2001, finished with 14 saves. He gave up three goals on nine shots in the first period and his misplay behind the net in the second gave San Jose its fifth goal.

Shields hesitated as he went to play the puck, and Scott Thornton took it away from him and fed Cheechoo, who scored into an open net for the first of his two goals.

McCauley, acquired from Toronto in March for four-time All-Star Owen Nolan, had never scored more than one goal in any of his previous 330 NHL games.

He completed his hat trick when he took Marco Sturm's pass from behind the net and beat Shields with a quick shot from the slot.

McCauley opened the scoring at 2:07 when he one-timed Sturm's pass from the corner and beat Shields to the glove side.

McCauley's second goal came when he tipped Kyle McLaren's slap shot from the point.

Game notes

Panthers RW Valeri Bure, who practiced Friday, missed his 11th consecutive game because of a groin injury. ... Sharks C Vincent Damphousse's first-period assist helped him tie Bobby Hull for 39th place on the NHL's career scoring list with 1,170 points. ... Florida C Byron Ritchie injured his knee in the first period and didn't return. ... The Panthers, who won at Ottawa in their previous game, haven't followed a road victory with a home victory since March 2001.

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