Series (Game 1 of 1)
San Jose leads 1-0
(9-17-4, 22 pts)
(12-12-4, 28 pts)
10:30 PM ET, December 8, 2005
HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
P. Marleau (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2
M. Smith (Sharks - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0
E. Nabokov (Sharks - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .944
Florida (9-16-4) at San Jose (11-12-4) 10:30 pm EST
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks will
look to even their record for the first time in over two weeks
when they host the reeling Florida Panthers on Thursday.
The Sharks have had a losing record since dropping a 3-2
decision to the Calgary Flames on November 23.
However, San Jose has enjoyed an offensive revival since the
acquisition of star center Joe Thornton. With Thornton in the
lineup, the Sharks have won three in a row, scoring goals in the
Thornton, who came to San Jose via a blockbuster deal with the
Boston Bruins on November 30, has scored one goal and six points
in his three games with the Sharks.
San Jose hopes to carry some offensive momentum into Thursday's
matchup with a Florida squad which has dropped a club-record 10
consecutive road decisions.
The Panthers erased an early three-goal deficit on Wednesday
only to lose, 4-3, to the Dallas Stars on Jere Lehtinen's
power-play tally with 15 seconds remaining.