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Joe Pavelski, Mike Grier score in Sharks' 2-1 victory over Penguins

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Joe Pavelski, Mike Grier score in Sharks' 2-1 victory over Penguins

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Joe Pavelski scored an early short-handed goal, Evgeni Nabokov made just 10 saves, and the San Jose Sharks stayed perfect at home, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Tuesday night.

Mike Grier added a backhand goal from the slot with 7:08 left to cap another speedy, smooth effort by the Sharks, who are off to the best 10-game start in franchise history at 8-2. San Jose's relentless offensive pressure smothered the defending Eastern Conference champions, who never got into a comfortable flow in their first trip to the Shark Tank in nearly two years.

Ruslan Fedotenko ended Nabokov's bid for his 41st career shutout, scoring with 5:33 to play on a setup from Sidney Crosby.

Dany Sabourin made 32 saves in his second start of the season for the Penguins, who lost on the road in regulation for the first time this season (2-1-1). Sabourin rarely sees the ice as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup, but he was mostly outstanding in his second start since Feb. 21.

San Jose returned from a three-game East Coast road trip with two wins and the Western Conference's second-best record behind Detroit. With five of the Sharks' next six games at home, where they're 5-0, they'll have a chance to hone the impressive play that gave them a 34-11 shot advantage against Pittsburgh, one of the NHL's most talented offensive clubs.

San Jose's previous best 10-game start was 7-2-1 in 2000-01.

Pavelski scored midway through the first period when Pittsburgh defenceman Alex Goligoski fumbled the puck to Milan Michalek for a breakaway. Pavelski pounded home the rebound for his fourth goal, just the second short-handed score of his career.

San Jose had a 20-5 shot advantage midway through the second period, and Fedotenko's goal came on the Penguins' second of three shots in the third. The Ukrainian's score also made up for his foolish penalty moments earlier to negate a Pittsburgh power play, allowing Grier to pad San Jose's lead during 4-on-4 play with the first of the season.

Matt Cooke then took another bad penalty with 1:49 to play when he clocked Pavelski with a high stick, preventing the Penguins from loading up the offensive zone in the closing seconds.

Pittsburgh's second stop on a four-game road trip was the clubs' only meeting this season.

Notes: Pittsburgh scratched C Maxime Talbot with an undisclosed injury. D Hal Gill also sat out his third straight game due to an injured right hand. ... The Sharks have outshot opponents 159-71 in the second period. ... With C Marcel Goc sitting out again to rest his sore back, LW Jamie McGinn made his NHL debut for the Sharks, but played sparingly on their fourth line. The former second-round draft pick was recalled from the minors on Monday.

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Joe Pavelski, Mike Grier score in Sharks' 2-1 victory over Penguins