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NHL: Sharks skate past Blackhawks in OT

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks opened their six-game homestand with a literal bang when Jody Shelley landed a board-rattling, crowd-inciting hit on the enforcer's first shift with his new club.

The Sharks might be tougher with their menacing new addition, but Joe Pavelski and Jeremy Roenick haven't lost the skill that put San Jose among the NHL's elite.

Pavelski tied it and Roenick scored the winner in a five-round shootout, while Evgeni Nabokov stopped four of Chicago's five attempts to seal the Sharks' 10th consecutive win over the Blackhawks, 3-2 Saturday.

Nabokov made 19 saves and stopped Cameron Barker to end the Sharks' fourth victory in five games. Jonathan Cheechoo and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored regulation goals, while Craig Rivet and Joe Thornton had two assists apiece for the Sharks.

Shelley's big hit enlivened the game's first 17 seconds and led to a fight between Doug Murray and Chicago's Adam Burish. Four days after the Sharks acquired Shelley from Columbus for a draft pick in 2009, one of the NHL's top fighters made his mark with just nine shifts.

"That was a fun start," Shelley said. "I was jacked up to be out there with Joe and Jeremy right off the bat. We decided to plan to get it deep, and all of a sudden we're in a skirmish. You don't want to wade into anything. You want to get right into it."

FLYERS 3, DUCKS 0, at Philadelphia -- Mike Knuble scored three straight goals and Martin Biron made 27 saves for his third shutout to lift Philadelphia.

DEVILS 6, KINGS 3, at Newark, N.J. -- Light-scoring defenseman Colin White had a goal and an assist to help New Jersey end a three-game losing streak.

AVALANCHE 6, BLUES 4, at St. Louis -- T.J. Hensick and Ben Guite scored two goals each, leading Colorado past St. Louis.

PREDATORS 3, COYOTES 2 (OT), at Nashville, Tenn. -- Alexander Radulov scored at 4:10 of overtime to lift Nashville.

STARS 2, FLAMES 1, at Calgary, Alberta -- Niklas Hagman scored early in the third period to lift Dallas over Calgary.

PENGUINS 3, HURRICANES 1, at Pittsburgh -- Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and set up two others during the third period as Pittsburgh beat Carolina.

PANTHERS 3, LIGHTNING 2, at Tampa, Fla. -- Richard Zednik scored the go-ahead goal with 1:05 left in the third and Tomas Vokoun made 44 saves for Florida.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, SENATORS 2, at Toronto -- Carlo Colaiacovo and Jason Blake scored third-period goals to lift Toronto.

WILD 4, BLUE JACKETS 1, at Columbus, Ohio -- Marian Gaborik scored twice and Brian Rolston ran his goals streak to five games for Minnesota.

RED WINGS 3, BRUINS 1, at Boston -- Pavel Datsyuk scored the tie-breaking goal early in the third period, and Detroit won its seventh straight.

CANADIENS 4, ISLANDERS 1, at Montreal -- Alex Kovalev had a goal and an assist, and Montreal scored three times in the second.

THRASHERS 2, CAPITALS 0, at Washington -- Kari Lehtonen had 36 saves in his third shutout of the season for Atlanta.

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