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Offense sputters in loss
Anaheim shutouts SJ
1/26/06 - by Mike Lee

Anaheim Mighty Ducks rookie goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was given a rare start in net on Thursday night, a day after starting goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere had a meltdown in net in Anaheim's loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Bryzgalov benefited from an inspired set of teammates to record his first career shutout against a rested San Jose Sharks squad, winning 2-0 at HP Pavilion.

Sleepwalking through two periods, the Sharks made the shutout an anti-climactic affair. Bryzgalov only faced ten shots through to periods, including three in the middle stanza. By the time San Jose hinted at a pulse, the Ducks were ahead 2-0 on goals by Andy McDonald and Joffrey Lupul.

"It's not much fun when you stay two periods in the net and don't get that many shots," Bryzgalov said. "In the third period, I actually felt a lot better. It's a great feeling to finally get a shutout."

After Lupel scored his 17th goal of the season 2:30 into the 3rd period, Ron Wilson's club began to emerge from their funk, but it was too little, too late. The Ducks even offered up almost a full two minutes of 5-on-3 power play opportunity to the Sharks, but they couldn't muster a goal.

The Ducks were also motivated to turn a page on their embarrassing loss to the Oilers on Wednesday night.

"To go from one end of the spectrum to the other, there's a lot of positives from that," coach Randy Carlyle said. "Bryz hasn't played in a while, and that's as good a game as he's played for us all year."

Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was the best Shark on the ice, stopping 30 shots and keeping his team close all night. His team squandered a fine performance by failing to generate any offense.

"That comes out of nowhere," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "That was just a collective dud, with the exception of Nabby. He was on top of his game, and we just wasted it. ... It looked like we were hoping Anaheim was tired from competing last night. We weren't involved physically at all. It looked like we wanted an easy game."

McDonald provided Anaheim with all the offense they would need, when he redirected a feed from Keith Carney with just under three minutes to play in the 2nd period.

Lupul would tap in a cross-ice feed from Teemu Selanne after Sharks dfenseman Tom Preissing made a poor play on a two-on-one break 2:30 into the 3rd period. Selanne also assisted on McDonald's goal.


Ruslan Salei took a slapshot to the face in the opening period. He suffered a cut over the left eye, and was taken to a local hospital for observation.

Jonathan Cheechoo's twelve game scoring streak was snapped.

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1 2 3 T
ANA 0 1 1 2
SJ 0 0 0 0
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, ANA, McDonald 15 (Carney, Selanne), 17:09
3rd period - 2, ANA, Lupul 17 (Selanne, Beauchemin), 02:30
1st period - ANA, Carney, 01:39 - Holding Stick ANA, Salei, 6:30 - Hooking S.J, McLaren, 9:24 - Interference
2nd period - ANA, Penner, 4:57 - Cross Checking A.J., Cheechoo, 5:29 - Hi stick ANA, Selanne, 6:01 - Roughing - S.J, Hannan, 6:01 - Roughing S.J, J. Thonton, 9:09 - Hooking S.J., Cheechoo 19:05 - Tripping
3rd period - S.J., McLaren, 1:16 - Hooking ANA, Hedstrom, 2:55 - Tripping ANA, Vishnevski, 3:08 - Interference ANA, Marchant, 10:12 - Interferenece
  Shots Saves
ANA - Bryzgalov 24 24
SJ - Nabokov 32 30
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ANA 12 14 6 32
SJ 7 3 14 24
Power Play Conversion
ANA 1 of 5
SJ 0 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Ilya Bryzgalov
Evgeni Nabokov
Teemu Selanne
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Tim Peel. Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, Vaughan Rody.

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