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Damphousse, Selanne fuel Sharks' rally

10/26/2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- There's nothing like opening a six-game
road trip with two wins to boost a struggling team's confidence.
Just ask San Jose's Teemu Selanne.

"We are going to get the guys together on the road and build
the character of the team from there,'' said Selanne, after the
Sharks scored four times in the final period to beat the Columbus
Blue Jackets 5-4 Friday night.

Vincent Damphousse had two goals -- including the game-winner
with 5:45 remaining -- and Selanne added two more as San Jose
rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to win its
second straight game after winning just once in its first five.

The game was the second of San Jose' six-game road trip, the
Sharks beat the Predators 2-1 Thursday at Nashville.

"Columbus is a good team and we showed a lot character to come
back from behind two goals,'' Selanne said. "You have to respect
this team. We had to play our best to win.''

Damphousse scored the winner by one-timing a shot on a
power play from in front of the crease past goalkeeper Marc Denis.
Jeff Jillson assisted on the play.

"They were backing up so when Jillson came out I told him,
'Skate with it, skate with it,' and that's what he did,''
Damphousse said. "He kept skating and I just drove the net. It was
a perfect pass and Denis didn't have time to come back into
position.''

Adam Graves scored at 2:57 in the third and Damphousse's chip
shot over Denis 37 seconds later tied the game at 3. But Columbus'
Hannes Hyvonen scored his first NHL goal at 5:18 to give the Blue
Jackets a 4-3 lead.

"The Blue Jackets are a great speed team and their power play
is a good as you're going to find in this league,'' Graves said.
"When you play them here they come out like bees in a beehive.''

Selanne scored at the 14-minute mark of the second period to
pull the Sharks to within 2-1. Jillson assisted on the play.
Selanne scored his second goal at 12:31 of the third, sending a
screened shot from the slot off Denis' glove to tied the game at 4.

"We had some chances to make plays out of our zone but
didn't,'' Columbus coach Dave King said. "They got some momentum
and they were tough after that.''

Columbus' Ray Whitney scored his first two goals of the season
and added an assist.

Whitney and Grant Marshall scored power-play goals midway
through the second period to give the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead.

Whitney answered Selanne's first goal 22 seconds later to give
the Blue Jackets 3-1 lead by bouncing the puck off the skate of
goalkeeper Miikka Kiprusoff from behind the net.

Whitney said Columbus needed to continue to attack after getting
a two-goal lead.

"Were not good enough to be complacent,'' Whitney said.

Game notes
The Blue Jackets set a franchise record by having scored a
power-play goal in seven games in a row. ... Andrew Cassels had two
assists for Columbus (2-4-1-0). ... Selanne's two goals gave him a
team-leading six.