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Sharks end homestand perfect
Ducks give s San Jose a late run, but Sharks prevail in shootout
11/30/13 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks enjoy playing on home ice so much that they elected to play a little extra on Saturday night to cap their five-game homestand. Concluding a tough stretch of games which had them playing three contests in the past four nights, San Jose tripped in the 3rd period against the Anaheim Ducks, blowing a two-goal lead, but won the game in the shootout on Joe Pavelski's goal. The Sharks collected all 10 points available on the homestand and grabbed the Pacific Division lead from the Ducks and sit 3 points behind the Chicago Blackhawks for the best record in the NHL.

* The 10 points that San Jose earned over their last 5 games came against some quality teams. After laying an egg in Chicago two weeks ago, the Sharks have knocked off the Lightning, Devils, Kings, Blues and Ducks. Of those teams, only New Jersey sits outside the top 8 in either the league conference and they've gone 6-4-0 in their last 10 games.

* Yes the Sharks faded in the 3rd period, but they also dominated the Ducks in the middle period, out-scoring them 3-0 and out shooting them 16-9 in that middle frame.

* Sharks antagonist Corey Perry played a key role in the evening affair, scoring the game's first goal and turning in his usual set of antics and infractions. Perry slipped by Scott Hannan at the Sharks blueline as the Ducks were moving the puck out of their own end. Ryan Getzlaf hit Perry with a 60 foot pass as the Ducks forward sliced towards the Sharks goal. Perry raced in on net and snapped a shot that caught the top right corner of the net 5:56 into the game.

* Logan Couture got back into goal scoring mode, tipping home a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot from the Ducks doorstep at 4:16 of the 2nd period. Couture fought his way to the front of the Anaheim net and got a stick on Vlasic's wrist-shot from the left point.

* Justin Braun was sent off for holding midway through the period setting up a Ducks power play that helped showcase goaltender Jonas hiller's puck handling skills. Hiller skated out to the right wing boards in pursuit of a clearing attempt by the Sharks, but ended up whiffing on a pass and feeding Patrick Marleau in the slot. Marleau traded passes with Joe Thornton before slamming home his 15th career short-handed goal for San Jose.

* Martin Havlat got in on the scoring late in the period, sliding a back-hand shot past Hiller after grabbing a rebound in the slot. Havlat setup the goal by skating the puck up ice and circling around the back of the Ducks goal before kicking the puck out to Scott Hannan on the left point. The forward circled back toward the net as Hannan sent a shot that Hiller kicked out for harvesting.

* Alex Grant scored his 1st NHL goal on this first career shot from the high slot 12:50 into the 3rd period. Grant's shot hit Antti Niemi in the chest then shot up into the air and landing behind the Sharks goaltender. The puck landed in the crease behind Niemi then trickled across the goal line.

* Former Sharks prospect Nick Bonino earned his 2nd assist of the night with 3:06 to play, pulling a draw back to Ben Lovejoy who rocketed a shot past Niemi to tie the game. The goal was ironic given that the Sharks owned the faceoff circle all night. The Ducks got the game tying goal off a draw that was partially aided by a lousy from by linesmen Vaughn Rody.

* In the overtime period, Perry was sent off for holding early in the period, but the Sharks failed to score. Justin Braun earned his own trip to the penalty box with 32 seconds left in the overtime, but Anaheim luckily did not convert.

* Pavelski was the only skater to score in the shootout, snapping a shot past Hiller after coming precariously close to stopping. Shootout rules clearly state that the shooter must continue a motion toward the goal until shooting the puck. Pavelski put on the breaks as he uncorked his shot, beating Hiller glove side.

Key Quotes --

Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan: "I'm glad we got the win. Of course we didn't want to give up the lead, but considering it's three games in four nights against that type of competition-heavy group, we won't let our guys off the hook. But to get those three wins is pretty satisying."

Joe Thornton: "It's tough, especially that third [goal] just off the faceoff. We'd been so good all night on faceoffs and it's just unfortunate. It's just nice to win our last game at home for awhile. It's just nice to come out with the two points. But, it's a little disappointing that we gave them some chance to come back and tie it."

Ducks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau: "We were always within shouting distance of them and they didn't get that extra one that can put you away but you know we had opportunities to score goals, too. Missing open nets and it might have been a different game altogether if Cam puts the one in on the power play and Hilly doesn't get the puck away."

Alex Grant: "It's a huge rivalry and both teams are doing great this year. Growing up I've always heard about this arena and it's what you hear about it. It's an unbelievable building, loud and a lot of excitement."



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Scoring
1 2 3 OT SO T
ANA 1 0 2 0 0 3
SJ 0 3 0 0 1 4
1st period - 1, ANA, Perry 15 (Getzlaf, Penner), 5:56.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Couture 9 (Vlasic, Marleau), 4:16. 3, SJ, Marleau 12 (Thornton), 10:13, (sh). 4, SJ, Havlat 2 (Brown, Hannan), 19:03.
3rd period - 5, ANA, Grant 1 (Bonino, Fowler), 12:50. 6, ANA, Lovejoy 1 (Bonino), 16:54.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Couture (miss), Pavelski (goal), Boyle (miss). ANA: Bonino (miss), Perry (miss), Palmieri (miss).
Penalties
1st period - Fistric, ANA (charging), 3:00; Jackman, ANA (fighting major), 6:12; Brown, SJ (fighting major), 6:12; Lovejoy, ANA (slashing), 12:38; COgliano, ANA (roughing), 19:54; Winnik, ANA (roughing), 19:54; Demers, SJ (roughing), 19:54; Demers, SJ (roughing), 19:54.
2nd period - Grant, ANA (hooking), 5:55; Braun, SJ (holding), 10:02; Perry, ANA (slashing), 16:39.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - Perry, ANA (holding), 1:26; Demers, SJ (holding), 4:28.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
ANA - Hiller 35 32
SJ - Niemi 31 28
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
ANA 8 9 12 2 31
SJ 12 16 5 2 35
Power Play Conversion
ANA 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Logan Couture
Joe Thornton
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Hebert, VanMassenhoven. Linesmen: Rody, Driscoll.
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