Ottawa (2-1-1) at San Jose (1-2-0)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EDT Sat Oct 18, 2003
  • TV: CSBA
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The Ottawa Senators look for a strong finish to their three-game West Coast trip as they visit the San Jose Sharks.

After opening the swing with a 4-3 loss at Los Angeles on Wednesday, the Senators bounced back Friday with a 3-0 victory at Anaheim.

The Senators, who came within one win of making it to the Stanley Cup Finals last season after earning their first Presidents’ Trophy with a league-high 115 points, got goals from Vaclav Varada, Bryan Smolinski and Marian Hossa.

Patrick Lalime, who had a career-high eight shutouts among his club-record 39 victories last season, stopped 27 shots to help Jacques Martin record his 300th regular season win as Senators coach—the most by any active coach with his current team.

Lalime has 29 career shutouts.

Martin is the 13th coach in NHL history to record 300 regular season wins with one team. Scotty Bowman is the only one to do it with two different franchises.

The Senators, who were an NHL-best 25-12-5-0 on the road last season, have lost five of eight all-time meetings at San Jose. However, they have won three of the last four contests overall in the series.

Ottawa’s strength figures to be its power play despite going 0-for-3 on the man advantage Friday. The Senators entered leading the NHL in that category at 40 percent (6-for-15).

The Sharks are coming off a 0-0 tie with visiting Philadelphia on Thursday in which they killed five Philadelphia power plays.

The outing was a positive sign for San Jose. The Sharks were the NHL’s worst penalty-killing unit last season, while compiling just 42 points at home— their lowest total in five years.

The Sharks, who will be playing the second of a five-game homestand, earned a point in their home opener for just the second time in the past seven seasons.

“We did a lot of good things,” said Evgeni Nabokov, who made 26 saves for his 18th career shutout.

San Jose had its first scoreless tie since Oct. 6, 2001 against Minnesota, also with Nabokov.

“It was a good home start,” Nabokov added. “We were quick, we were reacting (well) and we played good defense. We have a bunch of new guys, and we’re getting used to each other. We had to have a game like this under our belts. Even if we don’t win, it’s a good game because it was a good team effort.”

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