Final

Series (Game 1 of 1)

San Jose leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 7th
Islanders0Final
Sharks2

Islanders 0

(0-2-0, 0 pts)

Sharks 2

(2-0-0, 4 pts)

10:30 PM ET, October 7, 2006

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
NYI 0 0 00
SJ 2 0 02

E. Nabokov (Sharks - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: 1.000

P. Marleau (Sharks - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

M. Carle (Sharks - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Sharks score twice in first and hang on against Isles

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Carle made eye contact and slipped into the slot just as Patrick Marleau delivered a crisp pass into the middle. Two games, two goals for the quiet rookie defenseman.

Carle and Christian Ehrhoff both scored in the first period and the San Jose Sharks beat the New York Islanders 2-0 Saturday night.

Carle, who appeared in 12 games last year, has the first scoring streak of his career.

"Those power plays worked out well," Carle said. "We had some good shots. When Patrick got the puck in the corner I knew he saw me. All I had to do was one-time it."

Evgeni Nabokov, making his first start of the season, stopped 26 shots for his first shutout since January 12 and the 28th of his career as the Sharks started the season with consecutive victories for the first time in seven years.

"It's always good to start like that and get your first win but it's nothing more than that," Nabokov said. "They were coming to the net pretty hard but when there were rebounds the defense was able to clear the puck. We did a good job on penalty-killing too."

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro allowed two goals on nine shots in the first period after giving up six in two periods at Phoenix on Thursday night. He was flawless on 18 attempts the rest of the way against San Jose as the Islanders lost their second straight.

"It's too easy to look at the mistakes right now than the positives," Islanders' coach Ted Nolan said. "We need to tighten up our defense and grab some chemistry. Rick played a great game. Both of the goals came quickly and he wasn't at fault."

Carle scored 7 seconds into a power play midway through the first period. He was on the receiving end of some nifty passing from both Marleau, who centered the puck, and Steve Bernier, who tapped it to Carle.

"Nabby played a great game and the way they collapse around him protects him from having to face a lot of shots," New York left winger Chris Simon said. "We needed a little luck to get a goal with that defense."

Less than 4 minutes later, Ehrhoff scored his first goal of the season 21 seconds into a power play. Bernier made a backhanded pass into the corner for Marleau, who put it right on Ehrhoff's stick in the slot.

"Once again the penalty kill did a great job," Marleau said. "Nabby held us in there in the first period and then we had to make some adjustments."

The Islanders' best chance to score came during a power play midway through the third period when several skaters peppered the net with shots. Nabokov also stopped a tough shot from Miroslav Satan during a power play in the final 4 minutes.

"When your goalkeeper is hot like that it makes it easy for the rest of us," Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren said. "They came out hard and we were under fire in the first 10 minutes or so. We started to clamp down and our power play took over."

The Sharks, who improved to 8-2-2 in their last 12 games against the Islanders, have killed off all eight penalties this season, while the Islanders have allowed four power-play goals in 16 attempts. New York has one power-play goal in 12 chances.

Game notes


Following their four-game opening road trip, the Islanders will leave the Eastern Time Zone once the rest of the season, a Nov. 15 game at Dallas. ... The Sharks embark on a three-game road trip in Canada, hitting two different time zones. ... The Islanders were limited to five shots on goal in the second period. ... New York C Mike Sillinger is two goals shy of his 200th. ... The Sharks and Islanders last met on March 11, 2004 in San Jose.

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