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Roenick just two shy of 500 career goals as Sharks blank Preds

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jeremy Roenick's bad right knee refuses
to cooperate some days. Then there are other days he feels good
enough to play on two lines.

Roenick scored a power-play goal early in the second period and
the San Jose Sharks finally won at home, beating the Nashville
Predators 3-0 on Saturday night.

"I feel really strong," said Roenick, who took the last couple
of days off and was questionable. "The knee didn't hamper me at
all. I just have to watch it because I want to make sure and
elevate my game."

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 22 shots to record his first shutout of
the season, and the 35th of his career in the first meeting of the
two teams since the Sharks eliminated Nashville in the first round
of last year's playoffs.

"It was a hard working win," Nabokov said. "And we have to
keep digging in. We can play better, especially at home. Hopefully
we can start some streaks now."

Patrick Marleau scored his first goal in seven games late in the
third period for the Sharks.

Chris Mason stopped 17 of 19 shots for the Predators, who lost
their fifth straight after opening the season with two victories.
Nashville also fell to 0-3 on the road.

"I don't think we put enough pressure on their goalie," Mason
said. "This is not a good start and we don't want to fall too far
behind."

The Sharks, who were tied in the third period of both of their
first two home games, finally managed to hold the late advantage.

Roenick signed as a free agent in September and scored the 498th
goal of his career. He's attempting to become the third U.S. born
player to record 500 goals. He could also move past Joe Mullen (502
goals) into second place behind Mike Modano this year.

"I could have had 499 too, but I'll take the one," Roenick
said. "The win was more important. We've been struggling at home,
and it was good to win here. I want to bring my emotion and I want
my energy and excitement for playing to rub off on these guys."

Mason stopped a point blank shot by Mike Grier just over a
minute before allowing Roenick's goal. The Sharks held a two-man
advantage at the time as the Predators allowed their first
power-play goal on the road after killing off the first nine.

Crisp passing in front of the net from Craig Rivet and Joe
Thornton resulted in Roenick squeezing the puck just out of Mason's
reach.

"It's easy to play with Joe," said Roenick, who played 16
shifts between the first and fourth lines. "He creates so much
attention to himself that it opens up the ice."

Mason also stopped Milan Michalek's breakaway attempt just
before Marleau scored his second goal of the season.

Christian Ehrhoff picked up a sloppy pass by Ryan Suter during a
line change that led to Marleau's drive toward the net. The puck
glanced off Mason's pads, shot up and off his glove into the net
for the insurance score.

"Suter didn't execute the play," Predators' coach Barry Trotz
said. "The Sharks are too good of a team not to execute the little
things."

Predators' Alexander Radulov, who took two shots, had his
four-game point streak end, while Jason Arnott remains one assist
away from 400. His next game will be his 900th.

"The effort was there but we didn't capitalize on our shots,"
Arnott said. "We had some power play opportunities that we didn't
make them."

Michalek added an empty-net goal as time ran out.

Game notes
Nashville activated D Kevin Klein, who sustained a
separated shoulder in preseason, and he made his debut with seven
shifts through the first two periods. ... Sharks D Douglas Murray was
back on the ice a day after his neck was accidentally sliced during
a workout. ... The Sharks outshot the Predators 9-4 in the second
period. ... San Jose defensemen have 20 assists on the season.