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Sharks and Ducks get rough
Another win on home ice
12/11/08 - By Mike Lee

Spirited, would be one way to describe Thursday night's hockey game in San Jose. Entertaining would be another. Squaring off against a division rival, the Sharks created more separation in the standings with a wild 2-0 win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks. San Jose's top line provided all the scoring, but both teams set off fireworks in a rough and tumble game that featured 57 penalty minutes. The only down side of this game was the fact that these two teams don't meet again until March.

The upside of all of this is that the Sharks played a more physical style of hockey, more indicative of the playoffs than a contest in mid-December. The two teams combined for 41 hits, and those were the legal ones.

"They've played that kind of game for two or three years now," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. "It's been very effective for them and I don't see them changing things around. We know that, but again, I think we did a pretty good job along the boards and around the front of the net when we needed to."

Ducks winger Corey Perry in particular seemed to be destined to mix things up, and by the end of the evening, he irritated Sharks defenseman Rob Blake enough to take a spearing major for his questionable play. The problem for Anaheim was that it was too little, too late.

San Jose was seconds away from Evgeni Nabokov's first shutout of the season, but both teams decided to exchange pleasantries after Perry and Blake mixed it up. Scott Neidermayer earned a game misconduct in the ensuing melee, to go along with Blake's spearing major. The stick infraction will earn a review from the league office.

"They're a physical team," said McLellan. "There were no surprises. They play hard, they compete for every inch. I thought we competed for our ice. It was a bit of an emotional game near the end."

The Sharks would score a goal in each of the first two periods, then suffocate the Ducks offensive aspirations. Patrick Marleau scored on a shot from the top of the right circle with 3 min remaining in the opening period to claim a 1-0 lead. Marleau took a cross-ice feed from Mike Grier, then squeezed a shot between the right post and Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller's left shoulder.

The rough stuff would begin moments later then George Parros and Jody Shelley squared off in a lively scrap. Both players landed several punches, creating among the sellout crowd.

Devin Setoguchi would make it 2-0 on a put back after Marc-Edouard Vlasic bounced a shot off Hiller midway through the 2nd period. Skating through the crease, Setoguchi pounced on the big rebound, then whipped a shot past the Ducks netminder.

"I didn't think we really got involved in the game emotionally until probably halfway through it," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "And, then, for whatever reason, the switch turned on for us. I think, when you look at the hockey game, it was a 2-0 game. I think the first goal was a stoppable goal, so it really was a one goal hockey game - we had our chances, and we competed hard. We just need more competitiveness from our group earlier on in the game. I think that was the difference in the game."

Jeremy Roenick took a bad hooking penalty in the offensive zone at 11:21, then had another 2 minutes tacked on for jawing with referee Eric Furlatt. Perry helped offset part of the 4 minute infraction by taking a holding penalty 43 seconds after Roenick began serving his time in the box.

A Teemu Selane tripping penalty with 4 minutes remaining in the period gave the Sharks their first full power play opportunity of the night. Joe Thornton just missed converting when he clanked a shot off the left post.

Anaheim out-shot the Sharks 13-7 in the period but the 2-goal lead was more than San Jose would need.

The Ducks would step up the offensive pressure in an attempt to get back into the game, putting 14 shots on Nabokov. Things turned testy with 5 minutes to play when Milan Michalek applied a hit to Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger along the left wing boards. Perry would go after Michalek, triggering a series of scrums around Hiller.

Carlyle would pull Hiller for the extra attacker with 2 minutes to play. The Ducks would generate one good scoring chance, but Nabokov stoned Perry with a spectacular kick-save.

"They're a physical team," added McLellan. "There were no surprises. They play hard, they compete for every inch. I thought we competed for our ice. It was a bit of an emotional game near the end."

Game Notes:

Nabokov recorded 31 saves for his 16th victory and first shutout of the season and 41st of his career. Roenick dislocated his shoulder in the 2nd period, but was able to pop it back into place and returned to the lineup in the 3rd period.


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1 2 3 T
ANA 0 0 0 0
SJ 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 13 (Grier, Goc), 17:00.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Setoguchi 14 (Marleau, Vlasic), 9:45.
3rd period - None.
1st period - Ehrhoff, SJ (holding), 0:24; Huskins, ANA (hooking), 3:50; Blake, SJ (interference), 10:52; Getzlaf, ANA (holding), 11:04; Parros, ANA (figthing major), 17:36; Shelley, SJ (fighting major), 17:36.
2nd period - Roenick, SJ (hooking), 11:21; Roenick, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:21; Perry, ANA (holding), 12:04; Selanne, ANA (tripping), 15:32.
3rd period - Perry, ANA (roughing), 15:06; Michalek, SJ (roughing), 15:06; Perry, ANA (cross checking), 19:39; S. Neidermayer, ANA (10-min misconduct), 19:39; Blake, SJ (spearing major), 19:39; Michalek, SJ (10-min misconduct).
Shots Saves
ANA - Hiller 27 25
SJ - Nabokov 31 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ANA 4 13 14 31
SJ 9 7 11 27
Power Play Conversion
ANA 0 of 5
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Evgeni Nabokov
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Patrick Marleau
Referees: Furlatt, LaRue. Linesmen: Lazarowich, McElman.

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