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SJ ducks for cover
Marquee matchup turns into pummeling
11/21/06 - by Mike Lee

What was billed as a battle between two of best teams in the NHL, turned out to be a laugher. Trouble is, the Sharks weren't laughing after their 5-0 loss to the host Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. Anaheim throttled the Sharks by peppering them with a steady dose of shots on goal and a smothering defense that allowed few opportunities to score.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned in his 24th career shutout, but did little more than show up as his defense muffled the Sharks offense.

Teemu Selanne scored a pair of goals and Chris Pronger added a goal and an assist in one of the most lopsided victories of the season. After a scoreless opening period, the Ducks opened thing sup in the 2nd period with a pair of goals, then rubbed salt in the wound with a trifecta in the 3rd.

"We knew that this was going to be a big test for our hockey club, and I think we played our best 60 minutes tonight," Selanne said. "We know how good we can be, and we just want to keep pushing forward. It's all about confidence. Everybody put in a good effort out there."

Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was under siege most of the night, stopping 39 shots. Nabokov's teammates did more harm than good, deflecting two pucks into the Sharks net. The first came on a Pronger shot fro the point that caught Scott Hannan in front of the net. The puck redirected over Nabokov's left shoulder for the 1-0 Anaheim lead.

San Jose missed on a chance to make a game of it when they failed to convert on a 5-on-3 power play. Stever Bernier fanned on a golden chance when Patrick Marleau slid a pass across the slot to a Bernier on the left post. Giguere was caught out of position, but Bernier whiffed on what should have been a slam dunk.

"That was our big chance to get back in the game," Marleau said. "That's the way the night kind of went. But there's a lot more things we could have done better. Hopefully in those seven other games, we'll at least show up and play better hockey. We've got to be more tenacious, jumping on loose pucks and getting in on the forecheck. We didn't do those things tonight, and that's why we lost."

Ryan Getzlaf would convert on put-back after a Francois Beauchemin shot bounced off Marc-Edouard Vlassic's skate on the first of 5 Anaheim power plays. Beauchemin would convert on the power play himself midway through the 3rd period to push the Ducks lead to 4-0. His shot from the top of the right circle was redirected by Sharks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who attempted to stop the puck by kicking at it.

Selanne opened the period with his 498th career goal on a one-timer from the left post, after linemate Andy McDonald out hustled the Sharks defense to a loose puck behind the net.

Selanne would cap the scoring with under three minutes to play on a soft shot that slipped through Nabokov's pads.

"They have a good penalty-killing unit, so we had to be patient," Selanne said. "We got the goal there, and another one in the third. Those are the things that give you even more confidence."

"I'm very satisfied," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "It was our most complete game of the year. A lot of things went our way, and we worked extremely hard for everything we got."


Scott Parker dropped the gloves for the first time this season, squaring off with George Parros in the 2nd period. Neither player landed any big shots, although the dance was a spirited one. Both players will have six more opportunities to exchange pleasantries this season.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 0 0
ANA 0 2 3 5
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, ANA, Pronger 4 (Penner), 7:13. 2, ANA, Getzlaf 8 (Beauchemin, Pronger), 17:43, (pp).
3rd period - 3, ANA, Selanne 6 (McDonald), 6:28. 4, ANA, Beauchemin 3 (O'Brien, Perry), 15:48, (pp). 5, ANA, Selanne 7 (Kunitz, O'Brien), 17:42.
1st period - Perry, ANA (interference), 7:46; McLaren, SJ (holding), 11:22; Carle, SJ (interference), 18:29.
2nd period - Parker, SJ (fighting major), 9:45; Parros, ANA (fighting major), 9:45; Neidermayer, ANA (tripping), 12:54; Marchant, ANA (holding), 13:16; Hannan, SJ (holding), 15:49; Ehrhoff, SJ (holding), 18:23.
3rd period - Davison, SJ (high sticking), 14:33.
  Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 44 39
ANA - Giguere 23 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 9 6 23
ANA 17 15 12 44
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
ANA 2 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Chris Pronger
Francois Beauchemin
Teemu Selanne
Referees: Dan Marouelli, Dan O'Rourke. Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Vaughan Rody.

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