NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at San Jose |
(Saturday, January 10th)
Final Score: San Jose 5, Atlanta 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau and Nicholas Dimitrakos had a
goal and an assist as San Jose continued its strong play with a 5-2 win over
Atlanta at HP Pavilion.
Nils Ekman, Mike Rathje and Alexander Korolyuk also scored for the Sharks, who
have picked up at least one point in 10 of their last 11 games (8-1-1-1).
Evgeni Nabokov denied 31-of-33 shots to record his 100th career victory, as
San Jose improved to 5-1-2 all-time against the Thrashers.
Shawn McEachern and Ivan Majesky scored for Atlanta, which remained winless in
its last six games (0-5-0-1).
The Sharks took advantage of an early power play, using some nice passing to
get on the scoreboard. Vincent Damphousse had the puck in the high slot and
faked a slap shot. Instead of shooting he sent a perfect pass to Korolyuk at
the right post for the easy tap-in goal at 2:08 of the opening period.
Ekman doubled San Jose's advantage slightly over two minutes later. He skated
into the Thrashers' zone and unleashed a nasty wrist shot past the blocker of
Pasi Nurminen and inside the left post.
Dimitrakos pushed the Sharks' advantage to 3-0 when he skated in on a
breakaway and lifted a backhander over the netminder at the 13:20 mark of the
Atlanta controlled the action in the opening period, outshooting the Sharks by
a 14-7 margin. Nabokov was brilliant, while Nurminen went to the bench after
permitting three goals in the first.
Byron Dafoe replaced Nurminen to start the second period and finished the game
with 17 saves.
Majesky scored the only goal of the second period when he picked up a long
rebound in the slot and beat Nabokov for his third goal of the season. The
even-strength goal at 12:51 of the stanza drew the Thrashers within 3-1.
But Atlanta could not get closer, and Marleau pushed the margin back to two
goals when he scored 12 minutes into the third period. Dimitrakos took a shot
from the right circle which Dafoe stopped. The rebound, though, bounced to
Marleau in front, allowing him to beat the goaltender with a nice backhand
McEachern's goal with four minutes remaining again made it a two-goal game at
4-2, but Rathje added an empty-netter with five seconds remaining to solidify
the San Jose victory.
Rathje posted his first goal in 70 games....Wayne Primeau recorded a pair of
assists for the Sharks..Atlanta fell to 0-3-1 all-time at San Jose...Daniel
Tjarnqvist had two assists in the losing effort.
01/10 18:55:14 ET