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Sharks Hold On To Beat Ottawa

Ron Stern scored twice in a three-goal first period and the San Jose Sharks held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday night.

The Sharks built a 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes on the goals by Stern and another by Andrei Zyuzin, which was just enough to hold off a late rally by the Senators.

San Jose goaltender Steve Shields stopped 34 shots for his third straight victory as the Sharks snapped the Senators' five-game winning streak.

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  • The early Sharks splurge knocked starting Ottawa goaltender Damian Rhodes out of the game.

    The Sharks who have won three consecutive games and five of their last six scored 1:23 into the game when Stern took a pass from Mike Ricci and scored from the left corner of the net. The Sharks increased their lead at 5:11 when Zyuzin scored from the right circle after receiving a pass from across the ice from Owen Nolan.

    Stern then raced from behind center ice, picked up a loose puck cleared by Marcus Ragnarsson and scored from 12 feet out at 6:58.

    Ron Tugnutt, who had missed the last two games because of a right-knee injury suffered March 6, then replaced Rhodes. Rhodes had won the last two games including a shutout in his last outing against the New York Rangers.

    After Tugnutt's entry, Ottawa tightened up the game. Alexei Yashin scored on a rebound shot from 15 feet out at 9:27 of the first period, and Vaclav Prospal scored from short range at 12:26 of the second after Andreas Dackell passed to him from behind the net. Yashin's goal was his 38th of the season.

    The Senators, who are 8-3-0 in their last 11 games, outshot San Jose 15-4 in the second period after a first period in which the Sharks took 11 shots to Ottawa's 10. Ottawa outshot San Jose 36-20 overall.

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