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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at San Jose



(Wednesday, March 5th)

Final Score: San Jose 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1:55 remaining in overtime, as the San Jose Sharks rallied to upend the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, at HP Pavilion.

In the extra session, Joe Pavelski threw the puck out from behind the goal to Marleau, who shoveled it past Martin Gerber.

Jonathan Cheechoo scored the game-tying goal late in the third period for the Sharks, who have won a season-high seven straight. Evgeni Nabokov made 17 saves to pick up his 37th win of the season, tying his career high set during the 2001-02 campaign.

"Anytime you can chip in and help the team get two points is a great thing," Marleau said. "We stuck with it as a team tonight."

With the victory, San Jose leapfrogged Anaheim, which was blanked 3-0 by Chicago on Wednesday, for second place in the Pacific Division and for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

Jason Spezza scored both goals for the Senators, who have dropped six of their last eight contests. Gerber allowed three goals on 30 shots in defeat.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson missed the game with back spasms.

The loss moves the Senators into a tie with the idle Canadiens for first place in the Northeast Division.

"We feel like we still have a great chance to win the East," Spezza said. "It doesn't matter where you're seeded. We'd like to be seeded as high as possible but in a seven-game series we feel we have a good opportunity to beat anyone."

Ottawa's Mike Fisher was banished to the penalty box at the beginning of the third period and San Jose quickly capitalized on the power play, tying the score at one. The Sharks worked the puck to the left-wing boards, where Brian Campbell fed Marleau, whose one-timer from the edge of the left circle beat Gerber up high 58 seconds into the frame.

The Senators regained the lead on a power play goal with 7:10 remaining in the third. The Senators gained possession off the draw and Cory Stillman ripped a slap shot from the top of right circle that Spezza redirected in front past the stick of Nabokov.

San Jose knotted the score at two with 2:44 to go in regulation. Joe Thornton spotted Cheechoo streaking down the slot towards the net and threaded a pass that Cheechoo hammered in behind Gerber.

Shortly after a successful penalty kill, the Senators took advantage of a Sharks turnover to break the scoreless tie. San Jose defenseman Douglas Murray coughed the puck up in the slot and Dany Heatley quickly dished down low to Spezza, who lifted the puck up and over Nabokov with 8:37 remaining in the second period.

Game Notes

Ottawa played in San Jose for the first time since October 18, 2003...Pavelski extended his point streak to five games (three goals, three assists)...Campbell's assist on Marleau's power-play goal was his 42nd of the season, matching his career high set last season.

03/06 02:27:37 ET


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