Nabokov Posts 36-Save Shutout in Game 6 as 4th-seeded ’01-’02 Sharks Defeat 5th-seeded ’12-’13 Sharks in Six Games

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Nabokov redeemed himself after a shaky start to help the ’01-’02 Sharks clinch the series with a 36-save shutout in Game 6. (via sharkspage.com)

The opening game of the series featured seven goals and four of them came in the first period over a span of six minutes. The 5th-seeded ’12-’13 Sharks held a 3-1 lead after the first period and then two goals in a span of 17 seconds in the second period forced the 4th-seeded ’01-’02 Sharks to pull starting goaltender Evgeni Nabokov for backup Vesa Toskala, oh yeah lol. The ’12-’13 Sharks would another in the third to cap off a 6-1 win to start the series. Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, along with defenseman Dan Boyle, posted three points in the win. The ’01-’02 Sharks responded with a 4-1 win in Game 2 with three of their goals coming in the second period. Vincent Damphousse was the only player to post a multi-point game in the win with his two assists. Game 3 featured five goals in the first period with four of them coming on the power play. The ’01-’02 Sharks forced the ’12-’13 Sharks to pull starter Antti Niemi early in the second for backup Thomas Greiss after a Damphousse goal gave them a 5-1 lead. The ’01-’02 Sharks would go on to win 6-2.

In Game 4, Joe Thornton gave the ’12-’13 Sharks a 2-0 lead almost nine minutes into the second period. However, a goal each from Damphousse and Teemu Selanne from the ’01-’02 Sharks tied the game by the end of the period. That wouldn’t bother the ’12-’13 Sharks, though, as they scored twice in the third to win 4-2 and tie the series 2-2. The ’01-’02 Sharks would dominate in the resulting Game 5. They outshot the ’12-’13 Sharks 44-28 as they went on to win 5-2. Selanne registered a hat trick to led the ’01-’02 Sharks offensively. Meanwhile, Damphousse, Mike Ricci and defenseman Brad Stuart would all post multi-point games. Game 6 was a fitting end to the series. Nabokov was pulled in Game 1 after allowing five goals on 24 shots against. However, in Game 6, Nabokov would stop all 36 shots he saw. Damphousse potted two goals to led the ’01-’02 Sharks offensively towards a 4-0 win to clinch the series.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’12-’13 Sharks 3 2 1 6
’01-’02 Sharks 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’12-’13 SJS – 6   ’01-’02 SJS – 1   (1-0   ’12-’13 SJS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Patrick Marleau (’12-’13 SJS) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   5 S

2nd Star: D – Dan Boyle (’12-’13 SJS) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   2 S

3rd Star: C – Logan Couture (’12-’13 SJS) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   6 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’12-’13 Sharks 0 0 1 1
’01-’02 Sharks 0 3 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’01-’02 SJS – 4   ’12-’13 SJS – 1   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Vincent Damphousse (’01-’02 SJS) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   7 S

2nd Star: LW – Stephane Matteau (’01-’02 SJS) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   2 S

3rd Star: LW – Adam Graves (’01-’02 SJS) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   2 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’01-’02 Sharks 4 2 0 6
’12-’13 Sharks 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’01-’02 SJS – 6   ’12-’13 SJS – 2   (2-1   ’01-’02 SJS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Teemu Selanne (’01-’02 SJS) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   8 S

2nd Star: G – Evgeni Nabokov (’01-’02 SJS) – W   2.00 GAA   .953 SV% (41 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Shawn Heins (’01-’02 SJS) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   1 S   2 PIM

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’01-’02 Sharks 0 2 0 2
’12-’13 Sharks 1 1 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’12-’13 SJS – 4   ’01-’02 SJS – 2   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Joe Thornton (’12-’13 SJS) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   4 S

2nd Star: G – Antti Niemi (’12-’13 SJS) – W   2.00 GAA   .946 SV% (35 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Evgeni Nabokov (’01-’02 SJS) – L   4.00 GAA   .915 SV% (43 SV’s)

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’12-’13 Sharks 0 1 1 2
’01-’02 Sharks 0 3 2 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’01-’02 SJS – 5   ’12-’13 SJS – 2   (3-2   ’01-’02 SJS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Teemu Selanne (’01-’02 SJS) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +2   9 S

2nd Star: C – Mike Ricci (’01-’02 SJS) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   2 S

3rd Star: C – Vincent Damphousse (’01-’02 SJS) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   9 S   2 PIM

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’01-’02 Sharks 2 1 1 4
’12-’13 Sharks 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY:  ’01-’02 SJS – 4   ’12-’13 SJS – 0   (4-2   ’01-’02 SJS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Evgeni Nabokov (’01-’02 SJS) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (34 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Vincent Damphousse (’01-’02 SJS) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   8 S

3rd Star: RW – Teemu Selanne (’01-’02 SJS) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +3   5 S

Up next is the 2-7 matchup between the ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks, the reigning representatives, and the ’06-’07 San Jose Sharks!

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