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Ducks make a statement
4 goal 2nd period kills Sharks
2/6/07 - by Mike Lee

Round one of the Sharks home-and-home series with the Anaheim Ducks went to the team from down south on Tuesday night in what amounted to a laugher. Anaheim jumped out to a five goal lead with a 4-goal 2nd period to pummel the Sharks at HP Pavilion 7-4. The shell-shocked Sharks tried mounting a comeback in the 3rd period, but it was too little, too late against eh Pacific Division leading Ducks.

Anaheim opened the scoring with a Travis Moen goal 13:16 into the game. Moen took a Sammy Pahlsson pass right as he cross the Sharks blueline then whipped around Marc-Edouar Vlasic on the left wing. The Ducks winger then lifted a shot over Vesa Toskala's left should, roofing the puck for the 1-0 lead.

Pahlsson bagged a goal of his own 32 seconds later when the Sharks failed to pick up the centerman trailing on the play. Pahlsson fired a shot from 20 feet that sailed past Toskala's stick.

The Sharks scored a goal late in the period when Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere kicked in a loose puck after Mike Grier chipped it between Giguere'e skates. Mark Bell started the sequence by putting the puck on net from deep in the left corner. Giguere lost sight of it as it lay perched on the goal line. As the Ducks netminder tried to cover it up by dropping to the ice, his left skate poked it into the goal.

The Sharks tried to step the physical play to start the 2nd period. Scott Parker laid out Correy Perry with a big hit in the Ducks zone, which beckoned a response from George Parros. Parros subtley baited Parker into a fight by throwing his glove at the Sharks heavy Weight. Parker obliged, but not before tossing Parros' glove into the stands.

Parker's glove toss was the only thing amusing about the period as the wheels would fall off after Anahemi scored 4 unanswered goals.

The Sharks found themselves down by two goals again when Andy MacDonald converted on cross-ice pass from Chris Kunitz at 8:29 of the period after Chris Pronger started the play with a long lead pass up ice.

Anaheim built there lead to three goal on a huge mistake by rookie defenseman Matt Carle, who sent a blind pass deep in his own zone to Rob Niedermayer in the slot. Niedermayer took the pass and snapped it passed Toskala.

Jonathan Cheechoo missed on a sure empty-net goal late it the period on a wrap around play from behind the Ducks goal. Anaheim took the loose puck and skated up the ice and converted on a Dustin Penner shot after Penner beat Patrick Marleau in a foot race up the slot.

Moen would score his second goal of the evening two minutes later on a counter attack after Thornton missed on a shot on Giguere. Rob Niedermayer simply carried the puck up ice, then fed Moen in the slot with a pass as Rob Davison failed to get position on Moen.

Marleau would score a meaningless goal to open the 3rd period on a wrap-around chance after Giguere left the goal exposed. The goal came on the power play, which broke a 1-for-31 drought on the man advantage.

Cheechoo would add a pair of goals in a 1:51 span cut the Ducks lead to 6-4. The Sharks winger started things by converting the Sharks second straight power play chance after Perry was sent off for interference. Cheechoo would then score his 18th of the season on a long shot from the high slot after circling around the Ducks zone.

The Sharks tried to mount a wild comeback after Pahlsson was sent off for holding with 3:34 to play, but Cheechoo bounced a shot off the crossbar.

Ryan Getzlaf ended things with an empty-net goal after stripping Joe Thornton of the puck at center ice. The two teams resume their brief series with a game in Anaheim on Wednesday.

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1 2 3 T
ANA 2 4 1 7
SJ 1 0 3 4
1st period - 1, ANA, Moen 8 (Pahlsson), 13:16. 2, ANA, Pahlsson 8 (R. Niedermayer, S. Niedermayer), 13:48. 3, SJ, Grier 11 (Bell, Brown), 19:09.
2nd period - 4, ANA, McDonald 16 (Kunitz, Pronger), 8:29. 5, ANA, R. Niedermayer 5 (unassisted), 11:51. 6, ANA, Penner 18 (Marchant, Pronger), 16:13. 7, ANA, Moen 9 (R. Niedermayer, Beauchemin), 18:27.
3rd period - 8, SJ, Marleau 28 (Clowe, Vlasic), 1:19, (pp). 9, SJ, Cheechoo 17 (Marleau, Thornton), 12:26, (pp). 10, SJ, Cheechoo 18 (Marleau, Thornton), 14:17. 11, ANA, Getzlaf 20 (unassisted), 18:23, (sh, en).
1st period - Penner, ANA (hooking), 9:18; S. Niedermayer, ANA (hooking), 15:47.
2nd period - Parros, ANA (fighting major), 6:43; PArker, SJ (fighting major), 6:43; O'Brien, ANA (roughing), 9:30; Rissmiller, SJ (tripping), 9:30; McLaren, SJ (roughing), 9:30; McDonald, ANA (interference), 11:41; Grier, SJ (roughing), 11:41; O'Brien, ANA (hooking), 19:27.
3rd period - Perry, ANA (interference), 12:04; Pahlsson, ANA (holding), 16:26.
  Shots Saves
ANA - Giguere 38 34
SJ - Toskala 30 24
SJ - empt net10
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ANA 16 12 3 31
SJ 9 11 18 38
Power Play Conversion
ANA 0 of 1
SJ 2 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Travis Moen
Rob Niedermayer
Scott Niedermayer
Referees: Chris Lee, Tim Peel. Linesmen: Thor Nelson, Mark Pare.

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