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Tempers flare in Sharks win
Ducks express frustration at losing
4/5/09 - By Mike Lee -

The back end of the Sharks home-and-home series with the Anaheim Ducks ended with a flurry of fists and bad temper on Sunday night in Southern California. When the smoke cleared, the Sharks had avenged their poor performance on Saturday night and left Anaheim with two more points in the standings after knocking off the Ducks 3-2 in regulation. As the final seconds of the game ticked off the clock, the Ducks were unhappy with the way they gift wrapped the game with a series of dumb penalties, so they decided to take out their frustrations on anyone in a Sharks jersey.

With bodies and sticks flying everywhere, goalie hunter Corey Perry once again felt it necessary to go after a Sharks netminder. It was Perry who slashed Evgeni Nabokov in the back of the knee during a 1-0 Sharks win in Anaheim back on March 15th. This time, Perry took out his frustration on Brian Boucher, who got a rare start in net for the Sharks on Sunday night.

Boucher was already laying face down on the ice after Ryan Getzlaf cross checked him with 5 seconds to play in the game. Perry swooped in and appeared to try and step on the Sharks netminder. The on-ice officials missed the misdeeds between Perry and Boucher, because they were busy trying to wrangle the other 9 players on the ice who were engaged in their own shenanigans.

Joe Thornton went after Perry as the Ducks winger tried to skate away as if nothing had happened, but a linesman prevented the Sharks centerman from getting close enough to express his opinion on the matter.

The Sharks had to overcome another set of leads by Anaheim, as was the case 24 hours earlier, but this time San Jose jumped out ahead on a power play goal with 6:41 to play in the game. Jonathan Cheechoo tried screening Jonas Hiller, while Chris Pronger sat in the box for tossing the puck over the glass on a clearing attempt, but the puck hit him in the leg and deflected past the Ducks netminder.

The Ducks jumped out to an early lead on a Petteri Nokelainen short-handed tally just 5:38 into the game. Scott Neidermayer chipped a puck past Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the Sharks blueline, while the Ducks were killing an Andrew Ebbett holding the stick penalty. Vlasic failed to adjust as Nokelainen raced past him toward Boucher. The Sharks netminder tried waving at the breakaway shot to no avail.

Jeremy Roenick tied the game 2:43 into the 2nd period on a one-timer from the high slot. Thonrton after a forecheck knocked the puck loose from Brendan Mikkelson in the right corner. Thornton scooped up the puck as he skated back toward the blueline, and sent a laser to Roenick 35 feet away.

A Jody Shelley slashing penalty at 11:13 of the period put the Ducks on the power play for only the second time in the game, but Anaheim converted on Perry's 31st goal of the season. The Duck took advantage of a deflection of a Sharks defender as Anaheim carried the puck into the Sharks zone. Teemu Selanne tried sending a puck deep, but it kicked off Rob Blake and landed on Perry's stick for the quick chip shot past Boucher.

Anaheim's inability to stay out of the box made it easier for the Sharks to focus on putting pucks past Hiller, rather than playing back on their heels as they did on Saturday night.

Rob Neidermayer was sent off for charging with just over 5 minutes to play in the middle period and the Sharks converted a minute later. Joe Pavelski took a Dan Boyle feed just outside the left post, before pivoting to the net and jamming a shot through Hiller's pads to tie the game once again.

The Sharks would finish 2-of-7 on the power play, culminating with Cheechoo's tally on the man advantage late in the 3rd period.

Once fight night ended, both teams earned 64 minutes in penalties for the final set of infractions after the final buzzer had sounded.

Game Notes:

Sharks captain Patrick missed his 4th consecutive game, as he nurses his lower body injury. Ryane Clowe was also an injury related scratch. Alexei Semenov was a healthy scratch.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 2 1 3
ANA 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, ANA, Nokelainen 4 (S. Neidermayer, MArchant), 5:38, (sh).
2nd period - 2, SJ, Roenick 4 (Thornton, Cheechoo), 2:43. 3, ANA, Perry 31 (Selanne, Getzlaf), 11:31, (pp). 4, SJ, Pavelski 24 (Boyle, Ehrhoff), 15:15, (pp).
3rd period - 5, SJ, Cheechoo 12 (Ehrhoff, Boyle), 13:19, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - Ebbett, ANA (holding the stick), 4:10; Blake, SJ (holding), 9:02.
2nd period - Brown, ANA (hooking), 3:46; Shelley, SJ (slashing), 11:13; R, Neidermayer, ANA (charging), 14:13; Wisniewski, ANA (roughing), 18:27.
3rd period - Miller, ANA (holding), 10:41; Pronger, ANA (delay of game - puck over glass), 11:41; Perry, ANA (high sticking), 14:22; Cheechoo, SJ (10 min misconduct), 20:00; Thornton, SJ (roughing), 20:00; Vlasic, SJ (roughing), 20:00; Vlasic, SJ (10 min misconduct), 20:00; Boucher, SJ (goaltender leaving crease), 20:00; Perry, ANA (roughing), 20:00; Getzlaf, ANA (interference on goaltender), 20:00; Getzlaf, ANA (roughing), 20:00; Getzlaf, ANA (10 min misconduct), 20:00; Selanne, ANA (10 min misconduct), 20:00; Ebbet, ANA (roughing), 20:00; Ebbett, ANA (10 min misconduct), 20:00;
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Boucher 21 19
ANA - Hiller 26 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 6 11 9 26
ANA 5 6 10 21
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 7
ANA 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Jonathan Cheechoo
Patteri Nokelainen
Dan Boyle
Attendence
17,398
Officials
Referees: O'Rourke, Lee. Linesmen: Sharrers, Wheler.

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