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Murray's trade sparks some life
Sharks beat Ducks after defenseman shipped to Pens
3/25/13 - By Mike Lee -

Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson sent a shot over the bow on Monday by shipping defenseman Douglas Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins for draft picks. The rest of Wilson's team responded by beating the red hot Anaheim Ducks in Southern California in a 5-3 barn-burner. San Jose jumped out to a 3-0 lead then had to hold on against one of the best comeback teams in the league this season.

The Sharks would hold on for a 5-3 victory, but it came down to a 200-foot empty-net shot by Dan Boyle in the final minute to nail down a winner. Five different Sharks scored, including James Sheppard who recorded his first tally in almost four years.

Things looked rosy for the Sharks after they scored twice in the 1st period and then again early in the 2nd period. The Brent Burns offensive project continued to reap benefits when the converted defenseman scored his 3rd goal of the season at 5:46 of the opening frame. Burns took a feed from Martin Havlat near the left dot before roofing a shot past Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth. Joe Thornton beat a defender to the puck in a race to the Ducks end boards, chipping the puck to Havlat who was parked behind the Anaheim net.

Joe Pavelski added his 8th goal of the season less than two minutes later after Sheppard knocked Corey Perry off the puck inside the right circle. Pavelski grabbed the loose puck between the circles then did a 180 pivot before firing a shot past Fasth.

Martin Havlat staked San Jose to a 3-0 lead 34 seconds into the 2nd period after Matt Irwin bounced a shot off Fasth's pads. The Sharks sniper drove up the slot, grabbing the rebound and pushing a shot that slid under Fasth's left pad for this 4th goal of the season.

Emerson Etem scored his 2nd career NHL goal at 8:16 to cut into the Sharks lead. Etem drove up the left side then lifted a shot that hit Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart's stick, redirecting it past Antti Niemi. Etem scored his 1st NHL goal against San Jose a week earlier.

Francois Beauchemin made things interesting with a goal 58 seconds into the 3rd period. The Ducks defenseman sat in isolation in the slot as Ryan Getzlaf worked the puck out of the left corner and backhanded a pass to Beauchemin. Niemi could only flail at the ensuing shot that snapped past his left shoulder to make a one-goal game.

Logan Couture appeared to push the Sharks lead back to two when he deflected a point shot past Fasth, but one of the referees called it a high touch. Video replay was inconclusive which let the call on the ice stand.

Sheppard forced a second video review after his shot two minutes later slipped past Fasth, but it wasn't clear if Havlat touched the shot with another high stick. Video replay was also inconclusive, but since none of the on-ice officials called a high touch, Sheppard's goal was allowed to stand.

Perry slipped a shot from the doorstep past Niemi with 1:40 to play, giving the Ducks an opportunity to pull even with another goal. Defenseman Jason Demers failed to clear the puck out of the left corner, allowing Perry to put a shot on net from outside the left post. Niemi stopped the initial shot, but Perry punched the rebound home for his 10th goal of the season.

Anaheim pulled Fasth to try and pot the equalizer, but Boyle turned the tables on them by grabbing a faceoff win then launching a shot from the Sharks zone that lifted past two defenders and skidding into the Ducks net.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 2 5
ANA 0 1 2 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Burns 3 (Havlat, Thornton), 5:46. 2, SJ, Pavelski 8 (unassisted), 7:10.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Havlat 4 (Irwin, Burns), 0:34. 4, ANA, Etem 2 (Lovejoy, Fowler), 8:16.
3rd period - 5, ANA, Beauchemin 5 (Getzlaf, Perry), 0:58. 6, SJ, Sheppard 1 (unassisted), 10:04. 7, ANA, Perry 10 (Ryan), 18:20. 8, SJ, Boyle 5 (Pavelski), 19:32, (en).
1st period - Lovejoy, ANA (hooking), 14:31; Sbisa, ANA (tripping), 17:46.
2nd period - Braun, SJ (tripping), 2:47; Lovejoy, ANA (holding), 12:21; Marleau, SJ (holding the stick), 18:28.
3rd period - Sbisa, ANA (slashing), 3:30; Perry, ANA (goaltender interference), 7:15.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 27 24
ANA - Fasth 39 35
ANA - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 10 21 8 39
ANA 8 9 10 27
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 5
ANA 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Thornton
Francois Beauchemin
Dan Boyle
Referees: Dwyer, O'Rourke. Linesmen: Heyer, Pancich.
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