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Road trip starts with a thud
Sharks outplayed by Ducks in Anaheim
3/14/10 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks kicked of their six-game road trip with a lackluster performance against the Anaheim Ducks in Southern California on Sunday night. Having dominated the Ducks in their previous five meetings this season, San Jose showed little of the energy helped them win the season series against Anaheim . The 4-2 loss made it back to back stinkers for the Sharks who failed to distance themselves from the Chicago Blackhawks in the race for Western Conference supremacy.

Chicago blew two third period 3-goal leads this weekend, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday on a last second goal and to the Washington Capitals in overtime on Sunday. Both of San Jose ’s opponents this weekend sit well out of playoff contention, but that provided little benefit as the Sharks dropped both games as well.

The hangover from Saturday’s late letdown to the Florida Panthers seemed to carry over into the Anaheim contest. Anaheim wasted little time getting on the score board. Bobby Ryan took a Ryan Getzlaf feed up the left wing boards, then cut across the slot in front of two Shark defenders before sliding a shot on net. Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov made the initial save, but Corey Perry jammed home the rebound for the 1-0 lead.

Turnovers in the offensive zone would haunt the Sharks later in the period. Anaheim took advantage of sloppy play when Teemu Selanne bagged career goal number 599. The Sharks coughed up the puck allowing Saku Koivu to grab the rebound and hit Sellane up the right wing. Selanne carried I past the right dot, before snapping a shot over Nabokov’s left shoulder.

Things got heated midway through the period when Ryan punched Dan Boyle in the back of the head as the Ducks forward tried getting past the Sharks defenseman. Tempers flared and both players had to be restrained for earning 10-minute misconducts.

A tripping penalty to Todd Marchant was wasted by San Jose later in the period, then Nabokov made life even tougher by giving up a poor goal to Lubomir Visnovsky with just under a minute remaining in the period. Visnovsky uncorked a shot from the blueline that Nabokov had a clear look at, but the puck split the netminder’s pads and trickled over the net for the third goal of the period.

A Brad Staubitz interference penalty at 9:57 of the 2nd period was exacerbated when Torrey Mitchell earned a trip to the box 1 :26 later. The Ducks had a brief 5-on-3 that seemed focused on getting Selanne his 600th career goal. San Jose would kill off both infractions, but it killed valuable clock.

San Jose failed to generate much of a push, again because of penalty issues. Sheldon Brookbank gave the Sharks a power play at 6:14, but Joe Pavelski would even things up 7 seconds into the man-advantage.

The Sharks finally got on the board at 9:06 of the 3rd period, when Joe Thornton netted his 18th goal of the season. Devine Setoguchi wound the puck around the end boards to Jamie McGinn, who had cycled behind the Ducks net. McGinn saw Thornton cutting down the slot and made a perfect feed to the centerman for the redirect past Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller.

An interference penalty to Patrick Marleau would kill what little momentum San Jose had generated from the Thornton goal.

Once the Sharks did get back to even-strength, Anaheim had an answer defensively. Hiller made a big glove save on a Pavelski chance with 3:12 to play, keeping the 2-goal lead in tact.

Ryan put the nail in the coffin with an empty-net goal at 18:47. The only reaction that San Jose had for Anaheim was Douglas Murray leveling Ryan after he got the shot off.

Jamie McGinn deflected a Kent Huskins shot past Hiller with 56 seconds remaining, but it was a meaningless goal.

Game Notes:

Murray was back in the lineup after missing one game after taking a shot off his foot on Thursday night. Marc-Edouard Vlasic missed his 13th consecutive game due to injury, but he is traveling and practicing with the team.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 2 2
ANA 3 0 1 4
1st period - 1, ANA, Perry 24 (Ryan, Getzlaf), 3:27. 2, ANA, Selanne 20 (Koivu), 7:40. 3, ANA, Visnovsky 13 (Sexton, Selanne), 19:05.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Thornton 18 (McGinn, Setoguchi), 9:06. 5, ANA, Ryan 29 (Koivu), 18:47, (en). 6, SJ, McGinn (Huskins), 19:04.
Penalties
1st period - Visnovsky, ANA (interference), 4:33. Heatley, SJ (roughing), 9:01. Boyle, SJ (roughing), 10:29; Boyle, SJ (10 min misconduct), 10:29; Ryan, ANA (roughing), 10:29; Ryan, ANA (10 min misconduct), 10:29; Marchant, ANA (tripping), 14:57.
2nd period - Staubitz, SJ (interference), 9:57; Mitchell, SJ (tripping), 11:23; Blake, SJ (interference), 17:31.
3rd period - Brown, ANA (high sticking), 3:35; Brookbank, ANA (tripping), 6:14; Pavelski, SJ (high sticking), 6:21; Marleau, SJ (interference), 14:03.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 32 29
SJ - empty net 1 0
ANA - Hiller 33 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 10 14 33
ANA 10 13 10 33
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 4
ANA 0 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Jonas Hiller
Ryan Getzlaf
Teemu Selanne
Attendence
16,317
Officials
Referees: Pochmara, Leggo. Linesmen: Gibbs, Cvik.
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