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Week off no advantage for Sharks
Hiller stops 31 shots to shutout SJ
10/14/11 - By Mike Lee -

If the Sharks didn't have an issue with the schedule makers for their week long break between games to start the season, they should. Playing in only their second game of the season, all the energy of their opening night pounding of the Phoenix Coyotes was a distant memory, as the host Anaheim Ducks stifled the Sharks en route to a 1-0 win at the Honda Center.

In a complete about face from the season opener, San Jose forgot how to put pucks on net, allowing Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller to enjoy a relatively light work load. San Jose's offense looked lost and devoid of any game plan or cohesion.

The Sharks enjoyed an early power play after Brandon McMillan was sent off for interference, but Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller was up to the task.

Maxim Macenaur gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with 6 minutes to play in the opening period. The Anaheim forward put a George Parros pass past Thomas Greiss for his first NHL goal. Macenaur skated toward the net as Parros was the first skater to track down a McMillan feed behind the Sharks net. Parros chipped the puck out to the front of the net just as Macenaur arrived on scene for the redirect into the Sharks goal.

Joe Thornton just missed knotting the score at 1-1 3 minutes into the 2nd period, when he snapped a one-time chance into Hiller's midsection from point blank range.

San Jose outshot Anaheim 11-4 in the middle period, but the Ducks had the meaty chances early. Ryan Getzlaf put a pair of shots off the posts, keeping the Sharks close.

A phantom tripping call against Torrey Mitchell early in the 3rd period, put the Ducks on their second power play of the evening. San Jose did a great job to kill off the penalty, but Thornton tried to get cute with the puck as Mitchell's penalty expired. He skated the puck back into his own zone after a turnover, then coughed it up right in front of his own net for a Ducks scoring chance.

The disjointed play cost the Sharks later in the period when a 3-on-2 break resulted in a turnover after the two lead Shark skater s got tangled up with each other as they tried entering the Anaheim zone.

A holding infraction against Lubomir Visnovsky with 6:27 left in regulation gave the Sharks a much needed power play. San Jose spent too much time trying to gain the zone, and would only muster two shots on goal.

Ryane Clowe had the Sharks best chance to score all night hook wide of the right post with 3:40 to play. The burl forward took a pass through the crease as he was parked unattended on the right side, but his one-time chance missed.

Game Notes:

Jason Blake sustained a laceration to his arm after getting cut by a skate blade midway through the 3rd period.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 0 0
ANA 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, ANA, Macenaur 1 (Parros, McMillan), 13:59
2nd period - None.
3rd period - None.
1st period - McMillan, ANA (interference), 5:17; Smith-Pelly, ANA (holding), 9:44; Boyle, SJ (interference), 10:9; Boyle, SJ (roughing), 17:45; Perry, ANA (roughing), 17:45.
2nd period - Brookbank, ANA (tripping), 18:35.
3rd period - Mitchell, SJ (tripping), 4:11; Visnovsky, ANA (holding), 13:33.
Shots Saves
SJ - Greiss 23 22
ANA - Hiller 31 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 9 11 31
ANA 4 13 6 23
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 4
ANA 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Jonas Hiller
Francois Beauchemin
Maxim Macenaur
Referees: LaRue, Dwyer. Linesmen: Heyer, McElman.
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