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Own goal in OT says it all
Shooting barrage proves fruitless
3/7/06 - by Mike Lee

Patrick Marleau scored the game winning goal in overtime on Tuesday night in a crucial game versus the Might Ducks of Anaheim. That typically great news, except for the fact that Marleau scored the goal for the Ducks, sending San Jose to a third straight loss. The Sharks peppered Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere with 48 shots, but it was the single shot on their own goal which drove a dagger into their playoff hopes.

Giguere made 44 saves in the 5-4 victory, none bigger than a stop on a breakaway chance by Joe Thornton in the extra period to help preserve the game. Even with the shot production, the Sharks failed to take command of the game and had to battle back from deficits all night.

The usual suspects continued to provide San Jose with goals, while the rest of the offense wallows in obscurity. Thornton, Jonathan Cheechoo, Christian Ehrhoff and Steve Bernier scored for San Jose, but the sting of Marleau's gaff erased any positives that the Sharks derived from the team's overall performance.

Defensive woes continued to cost the Sharks. The most glaring indicator of that was on Andy McDonald's second goal of the evening late in the 2nd period. As Teemu Selanne started up ice with the puck, San Jose's defense decided to pay more attention to Selanne, who had yet to get out of his own defensive zone with the puck, than to McDonald who was streaking up the right wing in anticipation of a breakout pass. Scott Hannan was a spectator as McDonald took a Selanne pass and skated in alone before slipping the puck past Evgeni Nabokov.

After Corey Perry staked the Ducks to a 4-3 lead with seven minutes remaining in regulation, Bernier provided a spark by scoring his 2nd career goal a minute later.

The Sharks power play was an abysmal 1 for 6, with the only tally coming on a 5-on-3 power play goal by Cheechoo at 7:16 of the 2nd period. Conversely, the Ducks special teams unit converted on 2 of 4 chances on the man advantage.

Out-shooting the Ducks 18-4 in the 3rd period was overshadowed by the fact that Anaheim was allowed to score. Ehrhoff scored his 3rd of the season just 2:43 into the 3rd period, but Perry forced the Sharks to rely on Bernier's goal to salvage a point in the standings.

Former Shark Sandis Ozolinsh was credited with the game winner, a reward for being the closest to Marleau on the ill fated shot that decided the game. Anaheim moved to within three points of 8th seeded Edmonton, while the Sharks sit 8 points behind the Oilers.

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1 2 3OT T
SJ 0 2 20 4
ANA 1 2 11 5
1st period - 1, Anaheim, Lupul 22 (Vishnevski, Marchant), 10:01.
2nd period - 2, San Jose, Thornton 24 (Ehrhoff, Cheechoo), 0:40. 3, San Jose, Cheechoo 36 (Preissing, Thornton), 7:16, (pp). 4, Anaheim, McDonald 21 (Niedermayer, Getzlaf), 15:35, (pp). 5, Anaheim, McDonald 22 (Selanne), 17:10.
3rd period - 6, San Jose, Ehrhoff 3 (Hannan, Stevenson), 2:43. 7, Anaheim, Perry 7 (Niedermayer, Kunitz), 12:51, (pp). 8, San Jose, Bernier 2 (McLaren), 13:53.
Overtime - 9, Anaheim, Ozolinsh 3 (Hedstrom, Pahlsson), 0:58.
1st period - Preissing, SJS (hooking), 15:19; Niedermayer, ANA (hooking), 18:14.
2nd period - Marchant, ANA (interference), 5:14; Hedstrom, ANA (tripping), 5:39; Goc, SJS (interference), 13:41; Marleau, SJS (tripping), 14:39.
3rd period - Salei, ANA (hooking), 4:26; Fedoruk, ANA (holding), 8:18; McCauley, SJS (hooking), 11:46; Pahlsson, ANA (boarding), 14:46.
Overtime - None.
  Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 27 22
ANA - Giguere 48 44
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OTT
SJ 14 15 18 148
ANA 11 11 4 127
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 6
ANA 2 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Andy McDonald
Joe Thornton
Sandis Ozolinsh
Referees: Dean Morton, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Jay Sharrers.

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