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Cheechoo lifts Sharks in Game 3 win

Monday, 04.30.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Cheechoo lifts Sharks in Game 3 win
By The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jonathan Cheechoo has taken a beating in the playoffs, yet he's still coming through when the San Jose Sharks need it most.

Cheechoo scored a power-play goal with 6:21 to play, and the Sharks came from behind for a 2-1 victory over the Red Wings on Monday in Game 3 of their second-round series.

Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves in another standout effort for the Sharks, who took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with yet another tight, well-played game between tested playoff foes. Ryane Clowe scored the tying goal and added an assist, while Joe Thornton played another dominant game.

But the winner went to Cheechoo, who was injured by a knee-on-knee hit in San Jose's first playoff game against Nashville. He hadn't scored a goal in the postseason until finding the net early in Game 2 against Detroit.

He's playing through pain on every shift - but last season's NHL goal-scoring champion still has his touch.

After Thornton's relentless pressure forced a Detroit penalty, the Sharks finally got a break when Kyle McLaren's slap shot rebounded directly to Cheechoo, who held the puck before he flipped it past a sprawled Dominik Hasek.

Captain Nicklas Lidstrom scored a power-play goal and Hasek stopped 25 shots for the top-seeded Wings, who controlled the first 30 minutes at the hostile Shark Tank after splitting the series' first two games at home.

Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night, with Game 5 back in Joe Louis Arena on Saturday.

Nabokov shut out the Wings in the series opener, but Detroit rallied back with two third-period goals in a 3-2 victory in Game 2 on Saturday, snapping San Jose's four-game postseason winning streak.

The Sharks were a bit rusty to begin their first home game in 12 days, and Lidstrom capitalized with a power-play goal on a slap shot from the blue line midway through the first period. The Red Wings captain hadn't found the net since scoring in each of the first two games of Detroit's first-round series with Calgary.

San Jose, which jumped to early 2-0 leads in both of the series' first two games, was in full retreat well into the second period, when the fans booed their team's inept power play. After leading the league for much of the regular season, San Jose's power play went 1-of-5 to drop to 4-for-42 in the playoffs.

Sharks coach Ron Wilson shuffled his four lines and played Thornton extensively, leaving him huffing with exhaustion during his rare breaks on the bench - but Thornton rewarded Wilson's persistence.

The Sharks finally tied it with a rare bit of sustained pressure with 7 1/2 minutes left in the second period. Thornton cycled the puck until it got to Matt Carle for a shot, and Clowe then flicked the rebound into a small space between Hasek's glove and pads for his fourth goal of a breakout postseason.

Chris Chelios, who played another outstanding defensive game for the Red Wings, participated in his 237th playoff game, passing Mark Messier for second place in NHL history. Patrick Roy played in 247 postseason contests.

GAME NOTES: Detroit LW Tomas Holmstrom didn't make the flight to San Jose while recovering from a left eye injury that kept him out of the series' first two games. He could appear in Game 4 if he passes an exam. ... San Jose replaced LW Mark Bell with rookie C Joe Pavelski, who had appeared in the Sharks' last four victories. Bell was active in the last two losses. ... Sharks RW Bill Guerin, their pricey trade-deadline pickup, has no goals in eight playoff games.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59