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Old and new lead Sharks
Marleau and Noesen lead San Jose over Ducks
1/27/20 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks have 30 games left in the season to right their ship. With the post All Star Game portion of the season kicking off on Monday night for San Jose, the Sharks received scoring from an old regular and young newcomer to knock off the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 at SAP Center. Patrick Marleau and Stefan Noesen each scored a pair of goals to pace the Sharks. The struggling Ducks were just the team San Jose needed to start their home stretch run.

Sitting just two points out of the Western Conference basement, the Ducks are still searching for their identity. San Jose needed to return from the break against a team that was lacking confidence. The Sharks jumped out to an early lead, then worked to protect their lead.

Noesen staked the Sharks to an early 1-0 lead when he tipped a Joel Kellman shot after working inside body position on defenseman Cam Fowler. Kellman was positioned at the top of the left circle when he whipped the puck toward the goal mouth. Noesen fought off Fowler as he lifted his stick blade, pointing it at the net, before clipping with the blade and changing the trajectory on Ducks goaltender John Gibson.

Marleau made it a 2-0 lead less than three minutes later when he carried the puck out of the right corner and jammed a shot past Gibson as he drew even with the right post. The goal was Marleau's 1100th career point as a Sharks player.

San Jose would finish the period by out-shooting Anaheim 11-4, after dominating for most of the frame.

The Sharks went on the power play for the game's first penalty at 8:16 of the 2nd period, and it was apparent that the Sharks didn't spend much time working on the power play during the break. San Jose accomplished exactly the opposite, when their entry attempt was picked off by Erik Gudbranson. The Ducks defenseman pushed the puck up ice to a breaking Ondrej Kase who deposited his 6th goal of the season past Aaron Dell on the short-handed chance.

The Ducks used the goal to motivate a push in the period. Anaheim briefly out-shot San Jose in the period, but Marleau read a clearing attempt and got a step on Devin Shore and Jacob Larsen after Brendan Dillon sent the puck up the right wing boards. Marleau beat Shore to the puck then raced on Gibson, beating him low to the stick side for the 3-1 lead.

Noesen liked scoring so much, that he did it again to start the 3rd period. The Sharks forward took a feed from Erik Karlsson in the slot, then snapped a shot that caught the top left corner of the net. With the primary assist, Karlsson earned his 600th career NHL point.

Tomas Hertl was called for cross checking with just over 2 minutes left in regulation, but when Nick Ritchie leveled Timo Meier with a punch, everyone in the building expected offsetting penalties to be called. That didn't happen and the Ducks found themselves on the power play.

Not only did Ritchie not head to the box, but he cashed in on the subsequent power play to make it a 4-2 game.

Game Notes:

* Patrick Marleau appeared in his 1,540th game in a Sharks sweater, tying him with Shane Doan for games played with the same franchise.

* Marleau tied Mike Modano for 25th on the all-time goal scoring list with 561, and 50th all-time with 1,184 points.

* Dylan Gambrell finished thw game with a +3, had one shot on goal and an assist on Stefan Noesen's second goal of the game.

* Evander Kane's 5 shots on goal led all skaters , but his fight with Erik Gudbranson may have been the highlight of his game.

* Aaron Dell made 25 saves and continues to solidify his spot as the Sharks number one goaltender.


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1 2 3 T
ANA 0 1 1 2
SJ 2 1 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Noesen 3 (Kellman), 1:55. 2, SJ, Marleau 9 (unassisted), 4:35.
2nd period - 3, ANA, Kase 6 (Gudbranson), 5:04, (sh). 4, SJ, Marleau 10 (Dillon), 15:32.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Noesen 4 (E. Karlsson, Gambrell), 2:28. 6, ANA, Ritchie 4 (Steel, Lindholm), 18:07, (pp).
1st period - None.
2nd period - Fowler, ANA (tripping), 8:16.
3rd period - M. Karlsson, SJ (interference), 5:13; Gudbranson, ANA (), 17:47; Hertl, SJ (crss checking), 17:47; Kane, SJ (fighting major), 17:47.
Shots Saves
ANA - Gibson 31 27
SJ - Dell 28 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ANA 4 9 15 28
SJ 11 13 7 31
Power Play Conversion
ANA 1 of 2
SJ 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Stefan Noesen
Aaron Dell
SAP Center - 16,571
Referees: Skilliter, Kozari. Linesmen: Gibbons, Marquis.

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