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Shootout fails again
SJ blows two leads then fall to Ducks
11/9/07 - by Mike Lee

November is division play month and the Sharks continue to give out points like it's Halloween. San Jose coughed up two leads against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night in Southern California, then rolled over in the shootout to lose 3-2. The Sharks couldn't muster a single goal on the shootout, which has exemplified the ineptness in the specialty.

Torrey Mitchell finally bagged his first NHL goal, scoring at 10:32 of the opening period to stake the Sharks to a 1-0 lead. Mike Grier setup the goal with a nifty pass from the left corner after he skated past a Sharks defender along the left wing boards. The pass headed for the Ducks left post, where Mitchell was breaking from the slot. The rookie forward got hi blade on the puck, lifting it over Jean-Sebastian Giguere's right shoulder.

Anaheim used the lively Honda Center boards to tie the game 12:30 into the 2nd period. Mathieu Schneider started the sequence by firing the puck in the from the point wide of the net. The puck bounced off the end boards, kicking out to Corey Perry, who bounced a shot of Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. The rebound bounced right to Ryan Getzlaf in the slot, who swept it into the Sharks net.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic would take a holding penalty 35 seconds later to put the Sharks on their heels, but the league's 3rd ranked penalty kill snuffed out the situation, but not before Getzlaf rang a shot off the post.

Getzlaf would hurt his team later in the period, by taking a tripping penalty. The Sharks would capitalize on the ensuing power play when Joe Thornton threw a puck on goal that sailed between Milan Michalek's skates and past Giguere. Thornton gathered in a pass from Craig Rivet near the right dot, then threw the puck at Michalek, who was parked just outside the right post. The screen prevented Giguere from seeing the puck as it tucked inside the left post.

Anaheim would answer 6 minutes into the 3rd period when Andy McDonald took a feed from Todd Marchant and raced around the Sharks defense before snapping a shot past Nabokov. McDonald got a step on Jonathan Cheechoo before Marchant chipped the puck along the right wing boards.

Brad May tried to help build on the Ducks momentum by laying out Jeremy Roenick with a hit in the Sharks zone, but he was whistled for interference. Rivet was hurt on the play, hobbling to the bench, but he would return to the bench later in the game. The Sharks failed to generate a shot during the man advantage, squandering the opportunity.

Cheechoo would team up with Thornton on a bang-bang play in front of the Ducks net, but Giguere robbed the Sharks winger.

Regulation ended with the two teams deadlocked 2-2. Both teams played tentatively in the overtime period, exchanging few quality chances.

Anaheim ended it in the shootout after the Sharks failed to put anything past Giguere. Getzlaf snapped a shot low to the glove side that beat Nabokov. Pavelski rang his chance off the left post to put the Sharks in the early hole. Mathieu Schneider missed with a wrist shot that Nabokov deflected, but then Cheechoo tried going over Giguere's glove that ended up hitting the Ducks goaltender square in the chest. McDonald sent the Sharks packing with a backhand shot that slipped through the 5-hole.

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1 2 3OTSO T
SJ 1 1 000 2
ANA 0 1 101 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Mitchell 1 (Grier), 10:32.
2nd period - 2, ANA, Getzlaf 5 (Perry, Schneider), 12:30. 3, SJ, Thornton 6 (Rivet, Pavelski), 19:15, (pp).
3rd period - 4, ANA, McDonald 3 (Marchant, Huskin), 5:56.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - ANA: Getzlaf (score), Schneider (miss), McDonald (score). SJ: Pavelski (miss), Cheechoo (miss).
1st period - Schneider, ANA (hooking), 5:23; Huskins, ANA (hooking), 8:03; Bench, ANA (too many men), 16:02.
2nd period - Vlasic, SJ (holding), 13:05; Getzlaf, ANA (tripping), 17:37.
3rd period - Getzlaf, ANA (tripping), 1:32; May, ANA (interference), 7:03.
Overtime - None
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 26 24
ANA - Giguere 24 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3OT T
SJ 9 7 71 24
ANA 3 11 93 26
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 6
ANA 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Andy McDonald
Torrey Mitchell
Ryan Getzlaf
Referees: Paul Devorski, Eric Furlatt. Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Tim Nowak.

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