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That's more like it
3 goal 1st period opens things up for SJ
10/3/09 - By Mike Lee -

With the abomination in Denver behind them, the Sharks had a chance to get things on track in Anaheim on Saturday night. It was also San Jose ’s first crack at trying to exercise some of the demons that have haunted them since their 1st round exit from the playoffs at the hands of the Ducks. They took care of both with a resounding 4-1 victory at the Honda Center. San Jose got plenty of offense, with four different players scoring goals, but more importantly they punched the Ducks in the mouth in a physical affair that introduced many of the new Sharks to this divisional rivalry.

One of those new players is Scott Nichol, who acclimated himself by dropping the gloves with Mike Brown just 1:59 into the contest. The game would feature plenty of rough stuff in fine Ducks fashion, but this time the Sharks pushed back.

Most importantly, they pushed back on the scoreboard.

Rookie centerman Benn Ferriero got the Sharks on the board at 7:30 with his first NHL goal. Ferriero chipped in a rebound off Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller after defenseman Jason Demers put a shot on goal from the right point. Frazer McLaren was credited with the secondary assist on the play, which gave both he and Demers their first NHL points. It was the first time in Sharks history that three players received their first NHL points on the same play.

Patrick Marleau continued his short goal scoring streak by beating Hiller on a short-handed chance at 16:46. Marleau stepped in front of a Ryan Whitney pass inside Sharks blueline and raced up ice with Whitney in tow, before putting a back-hand chance past Hiller. The goal was Marleau’s 3rd in the first two games this season.

San Jose would blow open the period when Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley teamed up on a pretty play to make it 3-0. With Heatley just released from the box for a tripping infraction, the winger carried the puck up the right side of the ice on a 2-on-1 chance, and whipped a pass through the slot to Thornotn, who made a pretty cut back across the top of the crease from left to right, leaving Hiller diving in the wrong direction. All Thornton had to do was slip the puck into the Ducks net.

The goal parade continued early into the middle period, when Devin Setoguchi converted on the power play at 4:32. With Ryan Whitney in the box for roughing, Setoguchi worked a give-and-go with Heatley along the left wing boards. The recently demoted right wing outworked a Ducks defender for the puck, before sliding a pass to Heatley in the left corner. Heatley then reciprocated by sending the puck back to Setoguchi, who was cutting toward the goal.

One noticeable difference on Saturday night in comparison to last spring’s team came on a scrum in front of the Anaheim net. With Ryan Getzlaf trying to intimidate, Manny Malhotra didn’t wait for the Ducks centerman to engage. As soon as Getzlaf tried to establish his presence, Malhotra grabbed him by the jersey and landed a left to the side of Getzlaf’s head. It wasn’t a haymaker, but it sent the necessary message.

The Sharks put the clamps on the Anaheim offense, denying the Ducks a shot a goal until a mere 86 seconds remained in the period. They would outshoot Anaheim 17-2 in the period.

Anaheim tried to resort to more shenanigans early in the 3rd period, but Douglas Murray took immediate action. After a Duck tried to mix it up with Dan Boyle, Murray jumped in and backed up his defensive partner. He would be ejected from the game with a game misconduct for this decision to jump in to the fracas, but he may have accomplished more by earning his teammates trust for backing up his partner.

The Ducks would finally get on the board midway through the 3rd period, after Marleau was sent off for goaltender interference. Whitney sent a one-timer that beat Evgeni Nabokov from the right point.

Nabokov put a string of nice saves together with under 6 minutes to play, including a pad save on Getzlaf from 8 feet out.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 3 1 0 4
ANA 0 0 1 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Ferriero 1 (Demers, McLaren), 7:30. 2, SJ, Marleau 3 (unassisted), 16:46, (sh). 3, SJ, Thornton 1 (Heatley), 18:23.
2nd period - 4, SJ, Setoguchi 1 (Heatley, Thornton), 4:32, (pp).
3rd period - 5, ANA, Whitney 1 (Getzlaf), 10:36, (pp).
1st period - Huskins, SJ (hooking), 1:59; Nichol, SJ (fighting major), 1:59; Brown, ANA (fighting major), 1:59; Perry, ANA (hooking), 2:47; Ortmeyer, SJ (holding), 2:58; Marchant, ANA (holding), 4:46; Demers, SJ (holding), 13:22; Heatley, SJ (tripping), 16:13.
2nd period - Whitney, ANA (roughing), 3:01; Malhotra, SJ (roughing), 8:04; Getzlaf, ANA (roughing), 8:04; Lupul, ANA (roughing), 9;39; Heatley, SJ (interference), 16:26.
3rd period - Murray, SJ (game misconduct) 6:27; Shelley, SJ (roughing), 6:27; Brown, ANA (roughing), 6:27; Brookbank, ANA (10 min misconduct), 6:27; Marleau, SJ (goaltender interference), 10:18; Perry, ANA (roughing), 11:12; Sbisa, ANA (hooking), 16:14.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 25 24
ANA - Hiller 37 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 12 17 8 37
ANA 7 2 16 25
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 6
ANA 1 of 7
3 Stars of the Game
Dany Heatley
Patrick Marleau
Benn Ferriero
Referees: Dwyer, LaRue. Linesmen: Pare, Sharrers.

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