The Sharks (57-1-0) traveled to the Wachovia Center to take on the Philadelphia Flyers (28-26-5) for the second meeting between the two clubs this season. During the first meeting in San Jose, Teemu Selanne opened the scoring with a goal for San Jose that was immediately answered by a goal from Dennis Seidenberg for Philadelphia. The Sharks then scored a season-high 10 straight goals, with contributions from Dan McGillis with one goal, two assists, and +6; Patrick Marleau with two goals, two assists and +6; and Teemu Selanne scored a hat trick and two assists for a team-high 5 points in one game, along with +6. The Sharks outshot the Flyers 31 to 16, but Philadelphia's frustrations boiled over when, with six seconds remaining in the game, goaltenders Evgeni Nabokov and Robert Esche dropped the gloves for each of their first fights of the season.
Tonight's meeting between the clubs saw the Flyers open the scoring with a powerplay goal by John LeClair. Patrick Marleau responded by tying the game for the Sharks late in the 1st period, and Alexander Korolyuk scored early in the 2nd period to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead, but Simon Gagne answered with a turnaround shot from the corner that fooled Vesa Toskala and tied the game at 2-2. The Sharks then scored three unanswered goals in the 3rd period to seemingly take a stranglehold on the game, with Selanne scoring his 40th goal of the season and Mike Rathje scoring twice on back-to-back one-timers. Unfortunately for the Sharks, a combination of bad luck and poor defensive play saw the Flyers score two goals in the last minute of the game, pulling to within 5-4 with ten seconds remaining in the contest. However, the comeback fell short, and the Sharks, who were winning 5-2 with one minute left in the 3rd period, left with a mere 5-4 victory.
The Sharks now travel south to the Gaylord Entertainment Center to face the Nashville Predators, a team that they have beaten in all three meetings this season, including winning their last two matchups by identical scores of 5-0.