Sharks 5, Predators 1
TERESA M. WALKER
Oct. 15, 1999
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Steve Shields stopped 51 shots and set a San Jose record for the longest scoreless streak as the Sharks beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 Thursday night.
Shields stopped 37 shots during the first two periods before Patric Kjellberg ended the streak at 141 minutes, 46 seconds when he pushed the puck in at 1:18 of the third.
Shields didn't allow a goal in his two previous games, stopping 26 in relief against Anaheim on Monday and 35 in a 2-0 win over Dallas on Wednesday.
His scoreless streak topped Mike Vernon's team record of 130:55, set in 1998.
Shields, whose best save came in the second when he stopped a backhander by Greg Johnson, got plenty of help for his second shutout this season even though the NHL's top goal-scoring team managed only 23 shots. Bob Rouse stopped a shot in the crease 18 seconds after Kjellberg's goal, his first of the year.
The 52 shots by Nashville were a team record.
Owen Nolan, who has scored a point in every game this season, put the Sharks up 1-0 at 19:37 of the first. He got his seventh goal, tying Los Angeles' Luc Robitaille for the league lead, when the puck bounced off the skate of Nashville defenseman Drake Berehowsky and through goalie Tomas Vokoun's legs.
The Sharks put the game away in the third when they scored four goals in their first seven shots.
Friesen made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal 57 seconds into the third when he backhanded the puck past Vokoun. Andy Sutton scored a wrister from the left point that appeared to bounce off Johnson's skate and into the goal at 8:28, Patrick Marleau got his first at 13:14 when he pushed the puck behind Vokoun, and Marco Sturm made it 5-1 with an unassisted goal at 14:11.