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Sharks extend win streak
Overtime goal by Goc propels SJ
11/4/05 - by Mike Lee

Don't how they're doing it, just savor the fact that the Sharks are winning games. Friday night marked the 10th road game for San Jose and the 6th consecutive win coming on a late 3rd period or overtime goal or on the shootout. This time a lethargic Sharks team squeezed out an overtime goal in Anaheim to defeat the Mighty Ducks 1-0. Marcel Goc was credited with the tally after deflecting a Kyle McLaren shot 51 seconds into the extra period.

The Ducks shot themselves in the foot with 55 seconds remaining in regulation when Ruslan Salei was whistled for elbowing Jonathan Cheechoo. Salei argued that Cheechoo should have been penalized for the same infraction.

Goc was loitering in front of the net when McLaren uncorked a one-timer from the point during the 4-on-3 chance. The Sharks winger got a stick on the waist high shot, deflecting it past Mighty Ducks goaltender John-Sebastien Giguere.

"I'm usually not out there when it's four-on-three, and all I was looking to do was shoot," McLaren said. "We would have liked to score the goal a bit earlier, but it was a solid 60-minute effort. I think that was probably our best effort from start to finish this season."

Giguere contested that Goc's stick was above the permitted level, but officials ruled that the goal was legal.

San Jose was lucky to be in a position to win after Anaheim turned up the heat on rookie goaltender Nolan Schaefer late in the 3rd period. The Mighty Ducks out-shot San Jose 9-5 in the period and had several late chances to end the Sharks current winning streak.

"It's a credit to the guys," Schaefer said. "The defense did a great job and everyone came back strong to help out."

In addition to Schaefer winning his fifth consecutive game without a defeat, he recorded his first career NHL shutout. Sharks head coach Ron Wilson must now decide who he will play in goal Saturday night versus the Minnesota Wild.

Vesa Toskala returned to the lineup on Friday night, backing up Schaefer, and Evgeni Nabokov is close to returning from a shoulder injury that he sustained in mid-October. Unwritten hockey edict dictates that you don't mess with a good thing, especially when that good thing is a hot goaltender.

Wilson may have bigger things to worry about. His offense was non-existent on Friday night and the power play continues to struggle. The Sharks went 1-for 7 on the power play against the 18th ranked penalty kill in the NHL.

"We should have had the lead at some point, the way we were playing," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "We were confident because we were working hard. We caught a lucky break and we scored."

The Sharks came out firing in the 1st period, but failed to get a puck past Giguere. Their 15 shots in the period had Anaheim against the ropes early, but the Ducks sustained the attack. The Sharks lack of offense energized Anaheim later in the game.

Notes

Giguere is 3-10 lifetime against San Jose

Rookie Steve Bernier was recalled from Cleveland because Scott Thornton and Wayne Primeau are both hurt.



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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 0 0 0 1 1
ANA 0 0 0 0 0
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - None.
 
Overtime - 1, San Jose, Goc 3 (McLaren), 0:51, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - Clowe, SJS (delay of game), 2:35; Smith, SJS (roughing), 5:17; Moen, ANA (roughing), 5:17; Niedermayer, ANA (hooking), 9:26; Niedermayer, ANA (tripping), 14:36; DiPenta, ANA (interference), 16:08; Smith, SJS (tripping), 18:28
2nd period - Marleau, SJS (boarding), 4:45; Lupul, ANA (holding), 7:09; Carney, ANA (hooking), 12:51; Langfeld, SJS (holding), 15:25; Niedermayer, ANA (high-sticking), 15:33; Michalek, SJS (tripping), 17:04
3rd period - McLaren, SJS (interference), 2:36; Pahlsson, ANA (interference), 5:15; Salei, ANA (elbowing), 19:05
Overtime - None
Goaltending
  Shots Saves
SJ - Schaefer 21 21
ANA - Giguere 32 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 15 10 5 2 32
ANA 5 7 9 0 21
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 7
ANA 0 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Nolan Schaefer
Jonathan Cheechoo
John-Sebastien Giguere
Attendence
12,546
Officials
Referees: Tom Kowal, Bill McCreary. Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Pat Dapuzzo.

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