Sharks' Nolan breaks out

Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A hard lesson from videotape brought Sharks captain Owen Nolan to life in the playoffs.

Nolan had not scored a goal through the Sharks' first seven playoff games. On Monday night, he scored twice to lead San Jose past the Colorado Avalanche 6-4.

A video session Sunday proved instructive.

"It was a lot of little things, but they add up," he said. "You're looked upon by your team to score goals, and I haven't been doing that. I came here tonight determined to do something about it."


Patrick Marleau scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, beating Patrick Roy from the top of the left circle on a power play with 6:34 left.

With six goals and four assists, Marleau has a point in each of the Sharks' eight playoff games.

Rob Blake scored two goals for the Avalanche, who had won five straight in San Jose, dating to Jan. 25, 2000. Roy turned away 34 San Jose shots.

Blake scored just 59 seconds into the game. Blake hadn't practiced Sunday and played only 14 minutes in the second game –; he scored two goals –; because of a sore leg. He missed Game 1.

Nolan scored his first goal of the playoffs 3:20 into the second. Roy came way out of the net to send the puck back down the ice, but made a bad clear. Nolan took advantage with a 45-foot shot that went between the goalie's legs and into the net.

Senators 3, Leafs 2

Patrick Lalime fell three minutes short of his fifth playoff shutout, which would have been an NHL record. Magnus Arvedson scored twice in Ottawa's home victory.

Daniel Alfredsson scored the third goal for the Senators.


Gary Roberts scored with 3:16 remaining, ending Lalime's shutout bid. Travis Green banked in a shot off Ottawa's Radek Bonk with 34.5 seconds remaining.

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