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Four minutes span costs Sharks
Too many mistakes lead to big period for Anaheim
3/18/13 - By Mike Lee -

The recipe doesn't seem to be changing, and as a result the Sharks continue to slip in the standings. With 20 games to play, the Sharks need to be better than they were in Anaheim on Monday night. Another lapse in attention resulted in a three goal period for the Ducks that landed like a punch to the gut against a Sharks roster searching for answers. The Sharks dropped their second consecutive game to start their current five-game road trip.

What everyone seems to have figured out is that if you shut down the Sharks top line, there is no semblance of secondary scoring, so that's all it really takes. Wear them down and they will make mistakes sooner or later. That's what good teams are doing. Exploiting mistakes.

Monday night came down to a three minute stretch that turned a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 deficit. Anaheim broke the tie with a Peter Holland goal and the flood gates opened up.

Holland deposited an Andrew Cogliano feed after the Sharks tried chasing the puck rather than play defense. Holland was all alone in front of the Sharks net, snapping home Colgiano's pass from the left wing boards.

Southern California native Emerson Etem scored 32 seconds later, after he slipped past the Sharks defense and jammed a shot past Antti Niemi. Adam Burish created the opportunity by turning the puck over in the offensive zone, which was followed by a race up ice that ended with Etem's first NHL goal.

Etem earned his 6th NHL assist 72 seconds later by grabbing a turnover during a Sharks power play, and feeding Ryan Getzlaf who beat Niemi for his 11th of the season.

And just like that the Sharks were down by three goals.

This was followed by the obligatory valiant effort to claw their way back into the game, which allowed them to pull to within a goal of the Ducks, but it was too little, too late.

Patrick Marleau made it a 4-2 game with a minute left in the period by skating a Martin Havlat feed up ice and slipping a shot past Viktor Fasth just inside the right post. Marleau skated past three defenders on his way to the net.

Matt Irwin cut the Ducks lead to 4-3 at 6:48 of the 3rd period, by firing a shot from the left point that hit Getzlaf in the skate before redirecting past Fasth. The goal was a small consolation for the three goals that Irwin was on the ice for earlier in the contest.

The Sharks turned up the heat after Irwin's goal, but they couldn't get another puck past Fasth. San Jose was forced to pull Niemi with a minute left in the game, but Francois Beauchemin scored an empty-netter to end any thoughts of a comeback.

It was Beauchmin's second goal of the evening. He staked Anaheim to a 1-0 lead at 14:06 of the opening period after the Sharks were caught on a horrendous line change. Irwin was left to defend a 2-on-1 chance that seemed to last a minute.

Jason Demers tied the game at 1-1 with a shot that beat Fasth with 51 seconds left in the period.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 1 3
ANA 1 3 1 5
1st period - 1, ANA, Beauchemin 3 (Steckel, Palmeri), 14:06. 2, SJ, Demers 1 (Galiardi, Gomez), 19:02.
2nd period - 3, ANA, Holland 2 (Cogliano, Ryan), 11:09. 4, ANA, Etem 1 (Winnik, Allen), 11:43. 5, ANA, Getzlaf 11 (Etem), 13:55, (sh). 6, SJ, Marleau 15 (Havlat, Murray), 19:31.
3rd period - 7, SJ, Irwin 5 (Burns), 6:48. 8, ANA, Beauchemin 4 (Getzlaf, Winnik), 19:14, (en).
Penalties
1st period - Desjardins, SJ (fighting major), 2:20; Souray, ANA (fighting major), 2:20.
2nd period - Handzus, SJ (tripping), 5:53; Beleskey, SNS (hooking), 12:15; Koivu, ANA (interference), 19:54.
3rd period - Allen, ANA (tripping), 19:53.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 27 23
SJ - empty net 1 0
ANA - Fasth 35 32
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 10 16 35
ANA 7 15 6 28
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
ANA 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Emerson Etem
Francois Beauchemin
Ryan Getzlaf
Attendence
14,441
Officials
Referees: Leggo, Pochmara. Linesmen: McElman, MacPherson.
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