Michalek, Pavelski power Sharks to rout

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By Michael Duca

PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks used the

power play to end their first losing streak of the season on

Thursday.

Milan Michalek and Joe Pavelski scored two goals apiece, leading

the Sharks to a 6-1 rout of the Calgary Flames.

Captain Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton also netted power-play

goals for San Jose, which finished 4-for-9 with the man

advantage.

The Sharks entered 25th in the NHL at home on the power play,

going just 7-for-54 at HP Pavilion. Calgary's penalty-killing

unit had surrendered five goals on the road, but San Jose nearly

doubled that total.

Defensemen Rob Blake, Christian Ehrhoff and Dan Boyle recorded

three assists apiece, combining to set a franchise record of

nine points - and nine assists - from blue-liners.

"One of those games," Blake said. "Obviously, the power play

was more effective than it has been in other games this season.

If you get traffic and get some shots, you can get fortunate on

rebounds."

Michalek tallied once in the first period and added his fifth

goal of the season in the second for the Sharks, who rebounded

after suffering back-to-back losses to the Phoenix Coyotes and

Nashville Predators.

"It was important to score the two goals early," Michalek said.

"The game changes for you then. Things get easier."

Pavelski opened the scoring 8:04 into the first period with

Flames defenseman Adam Pardy serving the game's first penalty

for hooking. Blake fired a slap shot from the point that drew

Miikka Kiprusoff to the left side of the net. Pavelski grabbed

the rebound and slid it past the goaltender for his sixth goal

of the season.

"I had a couple of really good looks," Pavelski said. "I was

all by myself. You are happy to get those chances."

The Sharks doubled the lead 27 seconds later, when Michalek

skated down the left wing and wristed a shot between Kiprusoff's

pads from the bottom of the left faceoff circle.

The onslaught continued as San Jose scored another power-play

goal with 4:58 to go in the first. After Blake fired a shot

from the point, Marleau grabbed the rebound and beat Kiprusoff

from the doorstep for his eighth goal of the campaign.

Last season, the two-time 30-goal scorer tallied just 19 times

in 78 games.

"They are a very good team playing well," Calgary captain Jarome

Iginla said. "They had a ton of power plays early. They

capitalized on them early with three power-play goals in the

first period. We didn't compete against them in the first

period. We weren't skating or working."

Thornton pushed the lead to 4-0 with 2:18 left in the opening

session, scoring from the right side after controlling Devin

Setoguchi's redirection of a shot by Boyle.

"I felt pretty decent, playing on adrenaline," said Boyle, who

missed Tuesday's game against Nashville due to the birth of his

daughter.

Kiprusoff was replaced by Curtis McElhinney to start the second

period after making 16 saves.

"You know you have to be prepared for a hard start against this

team," Flames coach Mike Keenan said. "It's not only a

trademark this year, it was the same last year. We didn't take

care of the puck early in the game, and they came at us harder

because of the transition game we gave them."

McElhinney, who stopped 24 shots, blocked the first one he

faced, from Ehrhoff. But Michalek buried the rebound from the

doorstep 78 seconds into the middle session for a 5-0 bulge.

Despite the lopsided score, the game remained fairly

well-mannered.

"I think what keeps it calm is the power play being effective,"

Blake said. "These teams have met so many times. Sometimes

games go like that, and they understood that. I'm sure they

will be ready next game in Calgary."

The Sharks had a 5-on-3 advantage early in the third period, and

Pavelski cashed in by netting his second goal of the night off a

rebound in the slot 3:35 into the session.

Brian Boucher stopped 23 shots but lost his shutout bid midway

through the final period. He stopped a pair of point-blank

shots on the power play, but Mike Cammalleri got the second

rebound in front and slid a wrist shot between Boucher's pads at

10:13.

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