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Sharks lay an egg
JS Giguere shuts out SJ in 2-0 win
12/18/07 - by Mike Lee

The Sharks completed the back-end of a home-and-home series with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at HP Pavilion, with a lackluster performance that failed to generate any offense. The 2 goals the Ducks would put past Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, proved to be double what was needed to knock off the Sharks, who were shutout for the first time this season.

Home also continued to be a house of horrors for the Sharks, who lost for the 10th time in 16 games in San Jose.

The Sharks missed on a golden opportunity to cash in on a short handed goal midway through the opening period when Mike Grier chipped a shot over Jean Sebastien Giguere. As the puck fluttered across the goal line, Grier took a stab at it, but the Ducks defense was able to sweep it safely out of the crease.

Corey Perry broke the ice with a goal 2:40 into the 2nd period on a nifty feed from Chris Kunitz. With the Sharks coasting in the defensive zone, Perry slipped behind Douglas Murray and Marcel Goc and roofed a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle. Kunitz set up the goal with a pass from the left wing boards, that sailed the width of the ice.

Things got chippy later in the period after Chris Pronger shook up Devin Setoguchi with a check from behind that rattled the Sharks rookie. Kyle McLaren responded with a bone jarring hit on Francois Beauchemin. George Parros and Rob Davison would drop the gloves in response to the increased checking.

Bobby Ryan scored his second goal in as many games against San Jose on a 2-on-1 break just as Anaheim went on a power play at 17:28 of the period. Ryan took a cross ice pass from Todd Marchant, then slid a shot through Evgeni Nabokov's pads, as the Sharks goaltender tried making a sliding save.

Tempers flared in the 3rd period after Parros bumped Nabokov on a play in the Sharks crease. Nabokov slashed the Ducks enforcer, then a variety of scrums broke out. Craig Rivet and Ryan Carter squared off, but Rivet drew an additional 2 minutes for roughing. On the ensuing power play, Todd Bertuzzi flubbed on a wide open goal, to keep the Ducks lead at 2 goals.

A Getzlaf hooking penalty at 14:04 gave the Sharks one last chance to try and generate an offensive push, but the Sharks power play unit continues to struggle. Their 0-for-5 night with the man advantage was accentuated with a sputtering failure to score in the final 10 minutes of the game.

The only thing left to decide was if Giguere would record the Ducks first shutout of the season. That would come after the Sharks failed to generate any semblance of an attack.

Game Notes:

The Sharks lost more than the game, slipping behind the Dallas Stars in the race for the Pacific Division title. The Stars won in a shootout on Tuesday night, to regain sole possession of the division lead.

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1 2 3 T
ANA 0 2 0 2
SJ 0 0 0 0
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, ANA, Perry 18 (Kunitz, O'Donnell), 2:40. 2, ANA, Ryan 3 (Marchant), 17:28 (pp).
3rd period - None.
1st period - McLaren, SJ (roughing), 2:38; McLaren, SJ (slashing), 8:11; Pronger, ANA (high sticking), 15:08.
2nd period - Getzlaf, ANA (holding), 5:39; Carter, ANA (roughing), 9:22; Davison, SJ (roughing), 9:22; Parros, ANA (fightin major), 12:32; Davison, SJ (fighting major), 12:32; Kunitz, ANA (elbowing), 15:23; Ehrhoff, SJ (hooking), 16:25; Rivet, SJ (hooking), 17:28; Bertuzzi, ANA (holding the stick), 18:35.
3rd period - Huskins, ANA (roughing), 3:36; Carter, ANA (fightin major), 3:36; Nabokov, SJ (slashing), 3:36; Rivet, SJ (roughing), 3:36; Rivet, SJ (fighting major), 3:36; Getzlaf, ANA (hooking), 14:04.
Shots Saves
ANA - Giguere 20 20
SJ - Nabokov 16 14
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ANA 5 6 5 16
SJ 7 4 9 20
Power Play Conversion
ANA 1 of 5
SJ 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Jean Sebastien Giguere
Bobby Ryan
Travis Moen
Referees: Don Koharski, Dan Marouelli. Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Dan Schachte.

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