Sharks Slip Past Jackets 2-1 in OT

All-Star Nabokov holds Columbus back with 31 stellar saves
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2008 6:00 AM CST
San Jose Sharks' Marcel Goc, of Germany, left, celebrates after scoring a goal with Jody Shelley, center, and Jeremy Roenick in the first period of their NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Joe Thornton scored the power-play goal in overtime that sealed San Jose's victory  over Columbus last night, but the hero of the game was, as is so often the case, goalie Evgeni Nabokov. With 31 mostly spectacular saves, the Kazakhstani keeper kept the Sharks afloat despite dismal shooting in the first two periods, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

The Sharks found their shot in the third period, but Blue Jackets goalie Fredrik Norrena held them off to bring the game to overtime. Nabokov only had to make one save in the extra period, as San Jose kept on the offensive. Thornton found the net as soon as the Sharks had power play, ensuring a win for the NHL's fourth-place team.