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Sharks don't quack in Anaheim
Thornton bags shootout winner
11/16/07 - by Mike Lee

The Sharks kicked off a home-and-home series with the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night with a nail-bighting 2-1 shootout victory. The two teams will actually square off three times in the next 7 days, so the defending Stanley Cup Champions decided to call in some reserves by welcoming back defenseman Scott Neidermayer. Joe Thornton scored the game winner in the shootout's 6th round to propel the Sharks back into a tie with the Dallas Stars for the Pacific Division lead.

Anaheim got on the board first with a goal from Bobby Ryan at 13:41 of the opening period. Ryan one-timed a shot on a feed by Doug Weight, who was acquired by the Ducks on Thursday for Andy McDonald.

Joe Thornton had two chances from in tight, but he stuffed his first shot into Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere's pads, then he whiffed on a shot from 4 feet out.

The 1st period ended with a golden chance to knot the game at 1, when Milan Michalek was hauled down on a breakaway. The Sharks winger was awarded a penalty shot, but his meek attempt ended up in Giguere's mid section.

Michalek had an excellent opportunity to take notes on one-on-nobody chances early in the 2nd period. After Michalek was sent off for high sticking at 4:27, Torrey Mitchell scored a highlight reel goal by stealing the puck at his own blueline, then racing up ice to beat Giguere. Mitchell was tripped up on the play, but he bounced back up, controlled the puck, then deeked Giguere with a fantastic move to his left.

San Jose missed fired on an extended 4 minute power play later in the period after Todd Marchant cut Patrick Marleau with a high stick. Once again, Thornton had a chance on the doorstop, but he misfired on the shot.

San Jose generated 13 shots on Giguere in the 3rd period, but couldn't muster a goal. Things got dicey for the Sharks when Christian Ehrhoff took a hooking penalty with 4:23 remaining in regulation. Anaheim had two quality scoring chances in the man advantage, but couldn't solve Nabokov.

Todd Bertuzzi had a 2-on-1 chance with a minutes left in the overtime, but Nabokov turned aside the chance that skidded through the slot. Neidermayer had Nabokov dead to rights moments later, but the shot sailed over the top of the goal.

In the shootout, Todd Bertuzzi led off with a backhand shot that roofed over Nabokov's left shoulder. Mitchell then tried using the same move he used on his goal, but Giguere was ready for it this time.

Doug Weight tried to go low to the stick side, but Nabokov threw his glove hand to his left to snuff the new Duck. Joe Pavelski went 5-hole to knot the shootout at 1-1.

Ryan Getzlaf tried to fake a shot, then bounced the puck off the crossbar. Devin Setoguchi could have ended things, but his shot sailed into Giguere;s pads.

Cory Perry came in wide right, then slipped a shot under Nabokov's glove. With the game on th line, Marleau tied it up again with a shot that snapped off the left post.

The rookie Ryan tried snapping a shot inside the right post, but his shot sailed right. Patrick Rissmiller followed up Ryan's miss by trying to go 5-hole, but Giguere shut the door to extend the shootout.

Chris Kunitz shot went wide, then Thornton atoned for his three doorstep misses in regulation by beating Giguere with a wrister that slipped inside the left post.

Game Notes:

Defenseman Mat Carle was scratched for the 3rd time in the last 4 games. Rob Davison took his spot in the lineup.

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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 0 1 0 0 1 2
ANA 1 0 0 0 0 1
1st period - 1, ANA, Ryan 2 (Weight, Bertuzzi), 13:41. Michalek, (Unsuccessful Penalty Shot), 19:33.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Mitchell 5 (unassisted), 5:13, (sh).
3rd period - None
Overtime - None
Shootout - ANA: Bertuzzi (goal), Weight (miss), Getzlaf (miss), Perry (goal), Ryan (miss), Kunitz (miss). SJ: Mitchell (miss), Pavelski (goal), Setoguchi (miss), Marleau (goal), Rissmiller (miss), Thornton (goal).
1st period - Marchant, ANA (hooking), 8:36; Michalek, ANA (slashing), 9:26; Schneider, ANA (interference), 14:50; Ozolinsh, SJ (interference), 17:21; Rivet, SJ (roughing), 19:52; Pronger, ANA (slashing), 19:52; Moen, ANA (roughing), 19:52.
2nd period - Michalek, SJ (high sticking), 4:27; Bertuzzi, ANA (holding), 6:07; Marchant, ANA (high sticking - double minor), 7:54; McLaren, SJ (cross checking), 19:09; Perry, ANA (cross checking), 19:09; Moen, ANA (roughing), 19:09.
3rd period - S. Neidermayer, ANA (holding), 13:07;
Overtime - None
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 31 30
ANA - Giguere 37 36
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 12 12 13 0 37
ANA 8 13 8 2 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 8
ANA 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Torrey Mitchell
Evgeni Nabokov
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Referees: Dave Jackson, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Brad Lazarowich.

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