Final

Series (Game 1 of 4)

San Jose leads 4-0

Game 1: Friday, December 28th
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Game 2: Thursday, January 24th
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Game 3: Saturday, March 1st
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Game 4: Friday, March 14th
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Sharks 1

(20-12-5, 45 pts)

Blues 0

(18-14-3, 39 pts)

8:30 PM ET, December 28, 2007

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 11
STL 0 0 00

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

M. Legace (Blues - G): Saves: 17, Save Pct.: .944

M. Michalek (Sharks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Sharks win eighth straight on road as Nabokov posts NHL-best 20th win

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Evgeni Nabokov and the San Jose Sharks just keep winning.

Nabokov made 26 saves for his fifth shutout and league-leading 20th win of the season and the Sharks extended their club-record road winning streak to eight games with a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

"We stuck with the plan and we killed some big penalties," he said. "The key in a game like that is stay tight, stay patient and hope something good would happen."

The Sharks also set a team record by earning a point in their 11th straight road game (10-0-1). San Jose, which got a goal from Milan Michalek late in the third period, has outscored its opponents 32-16 over the stretch.

Nabokov now has 39 career shutouts, fourth among active goaltenders.

The Blues, who were blanked at home for the second straight game, have lost six of seven at the Scottrade Center. Blues goalie Manny Legace stopped 17 shots.

"You can give [Nabokov] credit for a lot of it, but we've got to start scoring goals," the Blues' Brad Boyes said. "We had chances. You've got to bear down. This is the NHL here. We've got to start scoring."

It appeared that the Blues would get at least a point, as the game was scoreless with less than four minutes left in regulation. But Michalek took advantage of a clearing pass that bounced off a skate behind the net and went straight to the slot. He beat Legace with a one-timer from the between the circles with 3:55 left.

Joe Thornton got an assist for his team-leading 42nd point.

The teams combined for 28 shots in the first two periods. St. Louis had a two-man advantage for 1:33 late in the second period. But a wide-open Martin Rucinsky fanned on a centering pass from just outside the crease.

"The 5-on-3 was unbelievable," Wilson said. "We stuffed that with really one scoring opportunity. We were happy about that, as that turned out to be the turning point of the game."

The Sharks' earlier best scoring opportunity came at 11:11 of the third period when Christian Ehrhoff was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked on a breakaway attempt by Eric Brewer. Legace stuffed Ehrhoff's backhand effort to keep the game scoreless.

Game notes


During its last 11 road games, San Jose has killed off 32 of 35 penalties. ... Blues D Steve Wagner was in the lineup in place of Barret Jackman, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a concussion. ... Rookie F David Perron was also back in the lineup Friday for the Blues. Perron was a healthy scratch in Wednesday's game against Detroit for showing up late for a practice. ... The Blues have not beaten the Sharks at home since Dec. 18, 2003.

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