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NHL: Sharks prey on Predators

SAN JOSE -- Jeremy Roenick scored a power-play goal early in the second period and the San Jose Sharks finally won at home, beating the Nashville Predators 3-0 on Saturday night.

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 22 shots to record his first shutout of the season and the 35th of his career in the first meeting of the two teams since the Sharks eliminated Nashville in the first round of last year's playoffs.

Patrick Marleau scored his first goal in seven games late in the third period for the Sharks.

Chris Mason stopped 18 of 20 shots for the Predators, who lost their fifth in a row after opening the season with two victories.

Nashville fell to 0-3 on the road.

The Sharks, who were tied in the third period of both of their first two home games, finally managed to come through.

Roenick signed as a free agent in September and scored the 498th goal of his career. He's attempting to become the third U.S. born player to record 500 goals. He could also move past Joe Mullen (502 goals) into second place behind Mike Modano this year.

Mason stopped a point blank shot by Michael Grier just over a minute before allowing Roenick's goal. The Sharks held a two-man advantage at the time as the Predators allowed their first power-play goal on the road after killing off the first nine.

Mason also stopped Milan Michalek's breakaway attempt just before Marleau scored his second goal of the season.

PENGUINS 2, CAPITALS 1, at Washington -- Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh got the better of Alex Ovechkin and Washington, just like they always do.

Crosby set up the go-ahead goal on a power play, and Ovechkin was held without a point for the first time this season.

The Penguins won for the second night in a row; the Capitals have dropped four consecutive games after opening the season 3-0.

It was the ninth NHL meeting between two of the league's young superstars, and the Penguins have won eight. Part of the reason for the success? Ovechkin -- who edged Crosby for top rookie honors in 2005-06 -- has no goals or assists in three of the past four games between the teams.

BLACKHAWKS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 4, at Toronto -- Chicago scored five goals in the third period to rally past Toronto.

Jason Williams, Andrei Zyuzin, Duncan Keith, Robert Lang, Patrick Sharp and Tuomo Ruutu, with an empty-netter with 25 seconds left, scored for the Blackhawks.

CANADIENS 4, SABRES 2, at Montreal -- Chris Higgins scored on a two-man advantage 12:38 into the third and added an empty net goal to lift Montreal to a win over Buffalo. Higgins flicked a backhand towards the net that bounced off goalie Ryan Miller's right arm and into the net with Montreal enjoying a 5-on-3. He scored again into an empty net with 24.9 seconds remaining to seal the win.

BRUINS 1, RANGERS 0 (SO), at Boston -- Phil Kessel scored the lone goal in a shootout to give Boston a victory over New York. After the first five shooters failed in the tiebreaker, Kessel skated in on Henrik Lundqvist and fired a wrist shot under the crossbar. The former University of Minnesota star had four shootout winners as a rookie last season.

RED WINGS 5, COYOTES 2, at Glendale, Ariz. -- Kirk Maltby scored a pair of second-period goals and Detroit rallied to beat Phoenix. Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist and Jiri Hudler and Brett Lebda also scored for the Red Wings, who have won three of their last four.

WILD 3, BLUES 1, at St. Louis -- Eric Belanger had a goal and an assist, Josh Harding made 33 saves and Minnesota remained the NHL's only unbeaten team by beating St. Louis.

STARS 3, DUCKS 1, at Dallas -- Mike Ribeiro and Jere Lehtinen each had a goal and an assist to help Dallas beat Anaheim.

ISLANDERS 4, DEVILS 3 (OT), at Uniondale, N.Y. -- Bill Guerin's power-play goal with 3.7 seconds left in overtime gave New York a victory over New Jersey after the Islanders squandered a two-goal lead in the third period.

FLYERS 3, HURRICANES 2 (OT), at Philadelphia -- Simon Gagne scored his second goal of the game 48 seconds into overtime and Philadelphia won its fifth consecutive game.

SENATORS 4, PANTHERS 1, at Ottawa -- Ray Emery made 31 saves in his first regular-season start of the season to help Ottawa beat Florida. Emery, who underwent offseason wrist surgery, did play two games last weekend for the Senators' AHL affiliate in Binghamton, stopping 80 of 86 shots.

LIGHTNING 6, THRASHERS 2, at Tampa, Fla. -- Martin St. Louis and Mathieu Darche scored 39 seconds apart during a three-goal second period to help Tampa Bay beat Atlanta.

FLAMES 4, OILERS 1, at Calgary, Alberta -- Jarome Iginla scored the go-ahead goal and had two assists to lead Calgary to a victory over Edmonton.

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