10/8/2006 1:25:09 AM
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Solid goaltending has led the San Jose Sharks to a fast start in the early days of the season.
Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves for his 28th career shutout and defensemen Matt Carle and Christian Ehrhoff scored as the Sharks posted a 2-0 triumph over the New York Islanders in their only meeting of the season.
After Vesa Toskala won his eighth consecutive regular-season contest against the St. Louis Blues in Thursday's season opener, Nabokov stopped 14 shots in the first period, five in the second and seven in the third.
The 31-year-old Nabokov shut down the Islanders on five power-play attempts. The former Calder Trophy winner made his best save with 3:50 remaining in the game, snaring Jason Blake's wrister from the slot with his glove during a man advantage.