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Another shutout for Sharks' Nabokov

Nothing got past Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov Tuesday against the Oilers in Edmonton, Alberta.
Nothing got past Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov Tuesday against the Oilers in Edmonton, Alberta. AP

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Evgeni Nabokov's sixth shutout of the season was probably the easiest.

Nabokov needed only 13 saves to lead the San Jose Sharks to their third consecutive victory, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Tuesday night.

"The guys were playing really well, we were pushing the pace pretty hard, and for 60 minutes which is nice to see," Nabokov said. "After the (All-Star) break you never know how teams are going to respond. I thought we did a pretty good job."

Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said the lackluster outing by his squad came as a shock.

"It was a humbling effort. I didn't see this effort coming," he said. "You can say that we got outbattled but we didn't even get to the battle.

"It was a humiliating evening in virtually all of the aspects of the game."

Joe Pavelski, Mike Grier and Patrick Rissmiller scored for San Jose, which had lost four straight before putting together their recent run and remain tied for first place in the Pacific Division with Dallas.

"We played great tonight," Sharks coach Ron Wilson. "All of our lines did a really good job of hounding the puck and we've done a really good job of that three games in a row. A lot more back to the way we played most of last year."

Added Grier: "We went through a tough week. We were pretty down. We lost a little confidence, but the coaches talked to us and as players we knew we had to step it up and now I think we've gotten a little back to our forecheck game and our skating game, so we're going better now."

The Sharks bulked up for the stretch run Tuesday night, acquiring enforcer Jody Shelley from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a sixth-round draft pick in 2009.

Shelley, a 6-foot-4 left wing who's recognized as one of the NHL's toughest fighters, has no points and 44 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He racked up 1,025 penalty minutes while spending all of his 5½ pro seasons with the Jackets, but hadn't suited up for Columbus since Jan. 12.

"He's adding some sandpaper to our lineup," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "We've looked at that for a while this year with Ryane Clowe out. Jody, we know a lot about him. He makes players on other teams uncomfortable, and he adds an element of comfort to your own players."

PENGUINS 4, DEVILS 2, at Newark, N.J. -- Erik Christensen had a goal and assist during Pittsburgh's three-goal second period, and the injury- and illness-plagued Penguins rallied from a pair of deficits to beat New Jersey.

In the first game for both teams following the All-Star break, the Penguins defeated the Devils for the fifth consecutive time in New Jersey and they did it without forwards Sidney Crosby (ankle), Colby Armstrong (flu) and Tyler Kennedy (mononucleosis).

FLYERS 3, KINGS 2 (OT), at Philadelphia -- A sliding Scott Hartnell kicked in a goal with 28.5 seconds left in overtime to lift Philadelphia. The play was reviewed, but the referees determined Hartnell didn't intentionally kick the puck.

STARS 4, CANUCKS 3, at Vancouver, British Columbia -- Mike Modano and Stephane Robidas scored three minutes apart early in the second period, and Marty Turco made 29 saves, leading Dallas past Vancouver.

COYOTES 4, BLUE JACKETS 2, at Columbus, Ohio -- Peter Mueller scored twice and Phoenix scored three third-period goals to beat Columbus. The Coyotes won for the first time when trailing through two periods. They came in at 0-18-0 when trailing heading into the third period.

SENATORS 5, ISLANDERS 2, at Uniondale, N.Y. -- Mike Fisher had a goal and assist for Ottawa, which who won for just the third time in eight games.

BRUINS 3, PREDATORS 1, at Boston -- Glen Metropolit scored a pair of third-period goals and Tim Thomas stopped 37 shots to lift Boston.

HURRICANES 3, RANGERS 1, at Raleigh, N.C. -- Rod Brind'Amour and Sergei Samsonov scored in the second period, and Trevor Letowski added an insurance goal in the third to give Carolina a win.

SABRES 4, LIGHTNING 2, at Tampa, Fla. -- Jason Pominville scored a goal and had two assists as Buffalo won for just the fourth time in 16 games. The Sabres have won nine of 10 against the Lightning, including six straight in Tampa.

BLUES 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2, at Toronto -- Keith Tkachuk scored on his team's first two shots and St. Louis ended a seven-game winless streak.

CANADIENS 4, CAPITALS 0, at Montreal -- Cristobal Huet stopped 35 shots in his second shutout of the season and Mark Streit had a goal and an assist to lead Montreal.

SLAP SHOTS -- Ratings for the NHL All-Star game increased from last year. Sunday's game on Versus drew a .8 rating, up 14 percent from the .7 last season. The game drew 796,717 viewers. The most recent NBA All-Star game drew 6.84 million viewers, and baseball's All-Star game drew 12.5 million viewers. ... Ottawa goalie Ray Emery will be "fined substantially" by the team after arriving late for a team skate a day after the All-Star game. ... Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell is out indefinitely with a broken vertebra in his back.

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