First period goals by Matt Carle and Christian Ehrhoff were all San Jose needed as they and Evgeni Nabokov shutout the Islanders 2-0 at the Shark Tank. Nabokov made 26 saves for the win as the Islanders drop to 0-2-0 on the new season. Patrick Marleau added two assists for the Sharks.
Carle and Ehrhoff's tallies both came on the power play in the second half of the first frame. San Jose finished 2 for 6 on the man advantage, while the Islanders were 0 for 5. Rick DiPietro made 25 saves on 27 shots for the Islanders. Despite taking 26 shots, the Islanders had few quality scoring opportunities due to the strong defensive play by the Sharks.
San Jose brought the physical play early and often in the first period. At one point, Mike Grier and Ville Nieminen teamed up on Bruno Gervais for a big hit 12 minutes in. Both Gervais and Grier got the worst of it and both left the game for a short time.
Moments after the hit, the Sharks got on the board with Carle's power play goal. Chris Simon was in the box for slashing when Carle buried one from close range with Steve Bernier and Marleau getting the assists.
Then, with 2:27 left in the first, Ehrhoff notched his power play goal off a cross ice pass from Marleau from behind the goal line on the far side. Bernier got the second assist for his second point of the night.
NOTES: Andy Hilbert made his Islanders debut Scratches: D Joel Bouchard (healthy) and LW Jeff Tambellini (healthy) Ted Nolan coached Jonathan Cheechoo on a First Nations team when the Richard Trophy winner was just turning pro Attendance is 17,476, a sellout The Islanders head to Los Angeles tomorrow morning.
79 Alexei Yashin 11 Andy Hilbert 25 Viktor Kozlov
7 Trent Hunter 18 Mike Sillinger 81 Miroslav Satan
55 Jason Blake 17 Shawn Bates 10 Richard Park
12 Chris Simon 16 Mike York 45 Arron Asham
32 Brendan Witt 24 Radek Martinek
3 Tom Poti 8 Bruno Gervais
77 Alexei Zhitnik 6 Sean Hill
39 Rick DiPietro
1 Mike Dunham
7 Mark Bell 19 Joe Thornton 14 Jonathan Cheechoo
9 Milan Michalek 12 Patrick Marleau 26 Steve Bernier
15 Ville Nieminen 37 Curtis Brown 25 Mike Grier
34 Patrick Rissmiller 11 Marcel Goc 16 Mark Smith
4 Kyle McLaren 18 Matt Carle
22 Scott Hannan 44 Marc-Edward Vlasic
10 Christian Ehrhoff 6 Josh Gorges
20 Evgeni Nabokov
35 Vesa Toskala