Shark's sixth straight

OLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle scored the
lone goal in a shootout, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped all three
Columbus shooters to give the Sharks their sixth straight win, 3-2
victory over the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.

Nabokov made 26 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped
attempts by Nikita Filatov, Anton Stralman and Rick Nash in the
tiebreaker to improve to 10-3-1.

Joe Thornton scored and Dany Heatley added a power-play goal for
San Jose. The Sharks have won eight of their last nine games.

Nash had a power-play goal and Jason Chimera also scored for the
Blue Jackets. Stralman added two assists in his 100th NHL game, and
Steve Mason made 36 saves.

Columbus, which twice rallied from one-goal deficits, has lost
four of five and six of eight since starting the season 5-1.

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