In a game where San Jose chased Miikka Kiprusoff by the start of the 2nd period, the Sharks thrived on the power play. The San Jose defense set two franchise records for most points by the defense and most assists by defense with 9 assists. The franchise set a record as well by having the most games in a single season with over 40 shots. And that record comes at only the 18th game of the young NHL season.
Devin Setoguchi had two key plays to his game tonight. One was the assist on the power play goal by Joe Thornton. Dan Boyle slapped a shot towards the net where Devin redirected it on goal. Curtis McElhinney saved the tip and the rebound bounced to Jumbo Joe for the put back.
The other key play came when defenseman Douglas Murray snapped his stick and Devin skated to Murray, handed over his stick and finished his shift in the defensive zone stickless.
In tonight's game, Setoguchi had 1 assist, 7 shots, and an ice time of 15:49.
On the season, The Gooch has 9 goals, 8 assists and 17 points through 17 games. He is a +6 rating with an average ice time of 15:58.
In comparison, Brendan Morrow, who is 2nd in overall voting in the Western Conference, has 4 goals and 10 assists through 16 games. He is a -4 rating with an average ice time of 21:44.
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