Sharks 3, Flyers 0
Nov. 21, 1997
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Goaltender Mike Vernon stopped all 28 shots he faced in his first appearance in Philadelphia since appearing in the Stanley Cup Finals as the San Jose Sharks beat the Flyers 3-0 Thursday night.
Vernon was making his first appearance in Philadelphia since he was the winning goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals last June. The Red Wings went on to win the championship in four games, with Vernon receiving the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.
Thursday night, Vernon blanked the Flyers on seven power plays, making Philadelphia 0-16 with the man advantage the last three games. It was his 15th career shutout.
Ron Hextall, who allowed all of the Sharks' goals in the second period, faced only 12 shots, a season-low for both San Jose and a Flyers' opponent. San Jose had only one shot in the third period.
Doug Bodger scored two unassisted goals for the Sharks. Dave Lowry also scored for the Sharks, who snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) against the Flyers.
Bodger scored his first goal _ his 500th career point _ at 1:02 of the second period when he beat Hextall high to the glove side from the left circle.
Lowry, acquired from Florida on Nov. 14, increased San Jose's lead 1:17 later when he flicked the puck between Hextall's pads from outside the crease after taking a backhanded pass from Murray Craven.
Bodger's second goal came at 10:12 of the period when he dumped a pass from the left side into the slot. The puck bounced off the stick of Philadelphia's Janne Niinimaa past Hextall.
An apparent Philadelphia goal was disallowed with 5:35 left in the game when referee Mark Faucette ruled that Chris Gratton tapped in his own rebound while standing in the crease.
Philadelphia's Brantt Myhres bruised his left hand during a first- period fight with Barry Potomski and did not return to the game.