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No post Christmas letdown for Sharks
SJ hits Ducks with 5-goal uppercut
12/26/09 - By Mike Lee -

With the holidays in full force, the Sharks unleashed a little post-Christmas beat down on the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. San Jose has won all four meetings between the two teams this season, but Saturday nights beat down was as effective a win as they come. Patrick Marleau scored a pair of goals and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 30 shots in a 5-2 win at HP Pavilion. Joe Thornton added three assists to extend his lead in the league’s points scoring race.

San Jose was poised to perform after a lively morning skate earlier in the day.

“For the most part I was happy," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. "I was really happy this morning when the guys showed up and they were very alive, very alert. It was a pretty good skate and left us with a pretty good feeling going into tonight.”

San Jose landed a 1st period scoring punch, then kept their foot on the gas until they had run up a 5-0 lead. The Sharks top line set the tone stunned the Ducks with the first three scores of the game.

The Sharks got on the board early, when Patrick Marleau scored his 300th career goal on a fluky play just 2:15 into the contest. Marleau was in the right place at the right time, after Dany Heatley partially whiffed on a shot from the high slot. Heatley’s shot attempt veered left, just as Marleau was breaking in on net. Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere expected the puck to go one way, but instead it sliced to the opposite post, where Marleau was there for the easy redirect into the Anaheim net.

“Patty’s been in the game so long, he’s been such a great player that the milestones just keep coming," added McLellan. "I know he got his 25th goal tonight and that’s a heck of a start for a very important player for our hockey club.”

Ducks tough guy George Parros tried to snap his teammates to attention by dropping the gloves with Frazer McLaren on the ensuing faceoff.

Petteri Nokelainen put the Sharks on the power play at 14:32 with an interference call, and San Jose made the most of the ensuing man advantage. Marleau and Heatley would hook up once again, albeit on the power play. Heatley slid a pass to the right post, where Marleau was parked for the deposit less than a minute into the penalty.

Anaheim would get their own chance on the power play with 4 minutes to play in the period when Scot Nichol was sent off for hooking. Ryan Getzlaf just missed cutting the Sharks lead in half when he put a shot attempt off the right post.

Heatley made it 3-0 just under 8-minutes into the 2nd period on another peculiar play. The Sharks sniper carried the puck up the slot and put a shot on net that got past defenseman Steve Wisniewski, but Giguere made the initial stop. Heatley’s follow-through caught Wisniewski in the face as the Duck went down to a knee to try and block the shot. When Wisniewski went down, Heatley scooped up the rebound and squeezed a follow-up shot between Giguere’s pads.

Anaheim shifted to a more physical approach after Heatley’s goal, but that resulted in another Sharks power play. Corey Perry was sent off for interference att 11:41 and San Jose would strike. Ryane Clowe bagged his 9th of the season with assists going to two Anaheim defenseman. The Sharks forward sent a shot in from the left side, but the puck hit the skates of Wisniewski, then Scot Neidermayer, before sliding into the goal for the 4-0 Sharks lead.

Jamie McGinn made it 5-0 just 15 seconds later after the Sharks won the faceoff and carried it up ice for a quick shot. McGinn was able to pick his spot, because there was no Duck defender within 15 feet of him as he skated in on Giguere.

Kyle Chipchura finally got the Ducks on the board late in the period, by knocking Kent Huskins off the puck at the Sharks blueline, then skating in uncontested on Evgeni Nabokov. The Ducks centerman lifted a shot over Nabokov’s right shoulder for this 2nd goal of the season.

Jamie McGinn opened the 3rd period with a hooking penalty that setup a second Anaheim goal. San Jose managed to kill off the two-minutes, but Bobby Ryan converted right after McGinn stepped back on the ice, cutting the Sharks lead to 5-2.

Anaheim decided to take out their frustrations with their fists, engaging in a pair of fights late in the game. Chipchura and Scott Nichol engaged in a spirited bout that lent a decision to the smaller Sharks forward. Matt Beleskey and Jed Ortmeyer also squared off with less than two minutes to play.

“We had all kinds of shots. On one power play we had six scoring chances," said Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle. We just didn’t find a way to put it over the line. That’s the difference with a 2-0 game. It makes it 2-1 and then we get back into it.”

Marleau earned just his third minor penalty of the season at 13:13 for high sticking, putting the Ducks back on the power play, but the Sharks penalty killers suppressed Anaheim ’s final push to get back in the game.

Game Notes:

Parros missed the remainder of the 1st period after his fight with McLaren, but returned to the Ducks bench to start the 2nd period. Getzlaf suffered a laceration to his leg and left the game in the 2nd period.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
ANA 0 1 1 2
SJ 2 3 0 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 24 (Heatley, Thornton), 2:15. 2, SJ, Marelau 25 (Heatley, Thornton), 15:19, (pp).
2nd period - 3, SJ, Heatley (Thornton, Blake), 7:41. 4, SJ, Clowe 9 (Setoguchi, Blake), 13:00, (pp). 5, SJ, McGinn 6 (Nichol, Malhotra), 13:15. 6, ANA, Chipchura 2 (unassisted), 18:56.
3rd period - 7, ANA, Ryan 17 (Perry, Nokelainen), 4:39.
Penalties
1st period - Parros, ANA (fighting major), 2:18; McLaren, SJ (fighting major), 2:18; Nokelainen, ANA (interference), 14:23; Nichol, SJ (hooking), 15:55.
2nd period - Huskins, SJ (delay of game – puck over glass), 5:09; Perry, ANA (holding), 11:41; Perry, ANA (interference), 11:41; Pavelski, SJ (roughing), 11:41.
3rd period - McGinn, SJ (hooking), 2:34; Chipchura, ANA (fighting major), 12:17; Nichol, SJ (fighting major), 12:17; Marleau, SJ (high sticking), 13:13; Beleskey, ANA (fighting major), 18:20; Ortmeyer, SJ (fighting major), 18:20.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
ANA - Giguere 25 20
SJ - Nabokov 32 30
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ANA 11 11 10 32
SJ 11 11 3 25
Power Play Conversion
ANA 0 of 4
SJ 2 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Thornton
Patrick Marleau
Dany Heatley
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Banfield, Leggo. Linesmen: Heyer, Pancich.

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