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3rd period outburst propels SJ
Cheechoo leads with hat trick
2/1/06 - by Mike Lee

The Sharks awoke from their funk and played one of their better periods of the season to defeat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 6-4 at the Arrowhead Pond on Wednesday night. Jonathan Cheechoo recorded his 2nd hat trick of the season, which included the game winner late in the 3rd period. San Jose exacted a little revenge on rookie goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who shut out the Sharks last week, peppering him with four 3rd period goals on 18 shots.

San Jose had to play catch up during the first two periods, even though they had a golden opportunity to jump out to an early lead after Andy McDonald and Francois Beauchemin were sent to the penalty box 13 seconds apart. San Jose failed to convert, which allowed former Shark Teemu Selanne to open the scoring with his 25th goal of the season on a power play after Cheechoo was sent for tripping.

Cheechoo's big night started off with a fluke goal with four minutes remaining in the opening period. Cheechoo beat Bryzgalov after whiffing on his first attempt, catching the Ducks goaltender with a follow up attempt that trickled over the goal line as Bryzgalov was backing into the goal.

McDonald recaptured the lead 31 seconds into the 2nd period on the power play. The Sharks would reciprocate with a power play goal of their own two minutes later, when Cheechoo deposited his second of the evening. Niko Dimitrakos setup up Cheechoo's tally from his new found position on the point while the Sharks skated with the man advantage.

San Jose grabbed the lead for the first time at 2:31 courtesy of a 5-on-3 power play after the Niedermayer brothers were both called for hooking 29 seconds apart. Mark Smith was credited on assists from Scott Hannan and Josh Gorges.

The lead would be short lived as Nabokov gift wrapped a goal 21 seconds after Smith's goal. Trying to clear the puck, the Sharks netminder sent a weak pass up the right wing boards in an attempt to force the break. Beauchemin intercepted the puck just outside the Sharks blueline and raced in uncontested on Nabokov, before sliding a pass to the off wing where Chris Kunitz tapped in the tying goal.

San Jose would recapture the lead on a power play goal from Tom Preissing at 12:56 of the 3rd on assists from Joe Thornton and Hannan.

Cheechoo notched his third goal of the night after stealing the puck inside his own zone then racing up the right wing before rifling a slap shot past Bryzgalov.

Dustin Penner made things interesting by scoring a goal with 23.5 seconds left in regulation after Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle pulled Bryzgalov for the extra attacker. Anaheim moved the puck into the Sharks zone and forced a faceoff in the San Jose zone, but Nils Ekman scored an empty netter right before time expired to end the game.

Notes:

Cheechoo tied Jeff Friesen ('97-'98) and Owen Nolan ('96-'97) for 2nd most goals in a season with his 31st of the year. Nolan holds the franchise record with 44 goals in a season, set during the 1999-2000 season.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 4 6
ANA 1 1 2 4
1st period - 1, Anaheim, Selanne 25 (Niedermayer, Bryzgalov), 10:10, (pp). 2, San Jose, Cheechoo 29 (Thornton, Ekman), 16:01.
2nd period - 3, Anaheim, McDonald 16 (Beauchemin, Bryzgalov), 0:31, (pp). 4, San Jose, Cheechoo 30 (Dimitrakos, McLaren), 2:33, (pp).
3rd period - 5, San Jose, Smith 6 (Hannan, Gorges), 2:31, (pp). 6, Anaheim, Kunitz 13 (McDonald), 2:52. 7, San Jose, Preissing 6 (Thornton, Hannan), 12:56, (pp). 8, San Jose, Cheechoo 31, 16:42. 9, Anaheim, Penner 3 (Beauchemin, Niedermayer), 19:36. 10, San Jose, Ekman 13 (McLaren), 19:59, (en).
Penalties
1st period - McDonald, ANA (goaltender interference), 3:05; Beauchemin, ANA (hooking), 3:18; Smith, SJS (hooking), 6:02; Cheechoo, SJS (tripping), 9:54; Thornton, SJS (high-sticking), 19:01.
2nd period - Vishnevski, ANA (tripping), 2:07; Smith, SJS (cross-checking), 5:17; Cheechoo, SJS (holding), 9:12; Hannan, SJS (holding), 13:13; Davison, SJS (interference), 16:11; Hedstrom, ANA (interference), 18:50; Preissing, SJS (interference), 19:11.
3rd period - S.Niedermayer, ANA (hooking), 0:29; S.Niedermayer, ANA, (hooki 17:05.
Goaltending
  Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 39 35
ANA - Bryzgalov 34 29
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 8 18 35
ANA 14 13 12 39
Power Play Conversion
SJ 3 of 8
PHO 2 of 9
3 Stars of the Game
Jonathan Cheechoo
Andy McDonald
Joe Thornton
Attendence
16,542
Officials
Referees: Mike Hasenfratz, Dan O'Rourke. Linesmen: Pat Dapuzzo, Jonny Murray.

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