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Ducks dumped again
Sharks win season series with 4-0 blitz
3/27/13 - By Mike Lee -

It's been two games, but if the last 48 hours are any indication of what the Sharks can do the remainder of the season, there may be a reason to watch after all. San Jose kicked off a 7-game home stand with a resounding 4-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks at HP Pavilion. The win was a follow up to San Jose's 5-3 victory in Anaheim on Monday night. The Sharks scored a pair of even strength goals, a power play goal and a short-handed goal to send Anaheim to their 4th consecutive loss.

In a rewind from Monday night's affair, the Sharks jumped on the Ducks early. The difference Wednesday night being that the Sharks kept the Ducks at bay and didn't need to fend off a white-knuckled comeback attempt.

Three 1st period goals by San Jose gave the Sharks some breathing room that allowed them to focus on improving, rather than having to scrape back into the game.

Joe Pavelski got things started with his 9th goal of the season just 60 seconds after the opening faceoff. Pavleski took a T.J. Galiardi pass from behind the Ducks net then whipped around the left post and wrapped a shot past Jonas Hiller. Ryane Clowe made his return to the ice after a five game absence due to an injury to earn the secondary assist on the goal.

Patrick Marleau made it a 2-0 game four minutes later, sweeping home a Logan Couture feed past Hiller from the inside of the left circle. San Jose worked the puck into the Ducks zone along the right wing boards, before cycling it to the left corner where Couture was positioned to feed Marleau.

A Sheldon Souray holding penalty setup one of three Sharks power plays. This was made more meaningful when Brent Burns converted on the man-advantage, scoring his 4th goal of the season. Burns buried a deflection with a slapper from the left dot after Tommy Wingels bounced a shot off Hiller. Wingels tried jamming a shot from the right side, which drew two defenders to the vicinity, opening up more shooting space for Burns.

The hefty lead allowed the Sharks to focus more details on the neutral zone in the 2nd period. Anaheim had issues penetrating the Sharks zone through the first 12 minutes, and where held to 7 shots in the period. The Ducks made a run with 8 minutes to play in the period, but the Sharks withstood the pressure. Corey Perry had the best chance to score, carrying the puck from behind the net to the slot. Perry backed into position between the circles, but sent his shot wide of the net.

Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi only faced 5 shots in the final period, and 22 for the game to earn his 2nd shutout of the season. Niemi made the big saves when he needed to, including several chances on a Ducks power play early in the 3rd period.

That power play would sting the Ducks when Couture intercepted a pass at the blueline and raced up ice with Wingels on a 2-on-1 break. Things ended well for the Sharks when Wingels snapped a shot on the rush from the right side for the short-handed tally.

Anaheim did little to muster a fight after Wingels tally. Corey Perry stayed true to form by continuously taking shots on Niemi after the whistle. Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle finally had enough of Perry's antics and engaged the Ducks agitator.


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1 2 3 T
ANA 0 0 0 0
SJ 3 0 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 9 (Galiardi, Clowe), 1:00. 2, SJ, Marleau 16 (Couture, Wingels), 4:52. 3, Burns 4 (Wingels, Havlat), 9:20, (pp).
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Wingels 3 (Couture, Boyle), 6:44, (sh).
1st period - Ryan, ANA (hooking), 1:49; Allen, ANA (fighting major), 4:03; Clowe, SJ (fighting major), 4:03; Sourey, ANA (holding), 7:54; Thornton, SJ (tripping), 14:46.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Perry, ANA (fighting major), 10:24; Perry, ANA (cross checking), 10:24; Boyle, SJ (fighting major), 10:24; Boyle, SJ (cross checking), 10:24; Souray, ANA (roughing), 12:28.
Shots Saves
ANA - Hiller 29 25
SJ - Niemi 22 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ANA 10 7 5 22
SJ 13 10 6 29
Power Play Conversion
ANA 0 of 2
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Tommy Wingels
Dan Boyle
Antti Niemi
Referees: Walsh, O'Halloran. Linesmen: Shewchyk, Nelson.
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