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Boyle's offense does the talking
3-point night for defenseman as Sharks take Game 3
4/21/09 - By Mike Lee -

With the power play finally clicking, the Sharks rebounded in Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarter Final series with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, taking a 4-3 nail biter at the Honda Center. Defenseman Dan Boyle scored a pair of goals for the Sharks and added an assist on Patrick Marleau's game winner midway through the 3rd period to pace the Sharks.

Boyle sent a message to his teammates with some biting words on Sunday following San Jose's second loss at home, dropping the Sharks into a 2-0 hole in the series. The blueliner would follow that up by showing his offense how to put the puck into the net twice. Those goals couldn't have come at a better time.

The Sharks offense has sputtered in the best of seven series, so it was he offense that lit the fire that would propel the Sharks to their first win. The back line would account for the first three goals for San Jose. Anaheim's defense would counter with a pair of goals of their own in a see-saw battle that came down to Marleau's tally.

The game got off to an odd start when the Sharks captain took a high sticking double minor just 17 second in, when he let an errant stick clip Ryan Getzlaf under the chin. The Ducks forward would reciprocate with an interference penalty himself 18 seconds later to even things up for 2 minutes.

The Sharks would take their first lead of the series 5:34 into the game after the two teams played 4-on-4. Rob Blake fired a shot from the right point that clipped Drew Miller in the skate. The puck deflected up over Jonas Hiller’s glove for the 1-0 lead.

A Chris Pronger holding penalty 16 seconds after the Blake goal gave the Sharks a 4-on-3 advantage, but the power play drought continued for San Jose , who entered Game 3 having gone 0-for-12 in the series.

The Ducks would take advantage of a Joe Pavelski tripping penalty less than 6 minutes later, with the assistance from Sharks netminder Evgeni Nabokov. Bobby Ryan chipped the puck toward the net from the left side of the goal, hitting Nabokov in the pads. The puck dropped to Nabokov’s skate, and he inadvertently kicked the puck into his own goal.

Dan Boyle would give the Sharks the lead right back at 13:07 , after Getzlaf was sent off for head butting. Boyle would finally end the Sharks power play misery by one-timing a feed from Joe Thornton through the crease. Thornton was hovering behind the right post, before snapping a pass past Hiller to Boyle on the opposite side of the goal.

Anaheim stormed right back to tie the game less than 2 minutes later when James Wisniewski ripped a shot over Nabokov’s right shoulder after the Sharks turned the puck over in their own zone.

The Sharks would throw 20 shots on goal in the opening period, but had no lead to show for another high shot total.

The defensive corps continued to lead their respective teams on the scoreboard to open the 2nd period. Boyle would deposit a loose puck past Hiller a minute into the middle period after a Pavelski deflected off the Ducks goaltender and skipped through the crease from left to right.

The Ducks would knot the game at 3-3 midway through the period, when Pronger stepped in front of a clearing feed in the slot and ripped a shot just inside the right post.

A Corey Perry hooking penalty at 9:07 of the 3rd period, would give the Sharks their third power play chance of the evening, and it would turn out to be golden. Rob Blake would setup a tap in for Patrick Marleau, by sending a soft pass across the top of the crease from outside the right post. With Hiller covering the right side of the net, Marleau was parked right in front of the net and simply tapped the feed into the wide open net.

There would be no comeback by Anaheim as the Sharks defense put the clamps on the Ducks offense. Carlyle pulled Hiller with 1:20 to play, but Sharks kept the puck pinned against the end boards for a good 30 seconds before it made its way back in front of the net.

Game Notes:

Torrey Mitchell made his season debut, skating on the fourth line with Marcel Goc and Jonathan Cheechoo. Mitchell saw 6:34 of ice time on 13 shifts. He was credited with 2 hits and a takeaway.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 1 4
ANA 2 1 0 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Blake 1 (Vlasic), 5:34 . 2, ANA, Ryan 2 (Getzlaf, Whitney), 11:12 , (pp). 3, SJ, Boyle 1 (Thornton, Setoguchi), 13:07 , (pp). 4, ANA, Wisniewski 1 (unassisted), 14:50.
2nd period - 5, SJ, Boyle 2 (Pavelski, Michalek), 1:05 . 6, ANA, Pronger 1 (unassisted), 11:50.
3rd period - 7, SJ, Marleau 1 (Blake, Boyle), 10:33 , (pp).
1st period - Marleau, SJ (high sticking – double minor), 0:17; Getzlaf, ANA (interference), 0:35; Grier, SJ (roughing), 5:25 ; R. Neidermayer, ANA (roughing), 5:25; Pronger, ANA (holding), 5:50; Pavelski, SJ (tripping), 9:55; Getzlaf, ANA (head butting), 11:33; Murray, SJ (fighting major), 18:58; Parros, ANA (fighting major), 18:58.
2nd period - Grier, SJ (roughing), 7:27.
3rd period - Perry, ANA (hooking), 9:07.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 30 27
ANA - Hiller 35 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 20 8 7 35
ANA 8 13 9 30
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 3
ANA 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Dan Boyle
Patrick Marleau
Bobby Ryan
Referees: Hasenfratz, VanMassenhoven. Linesmen: Arnell, Cvik.

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