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Shots fail to bag any Ducks
Lots of shots, but not enough scoring
11/9/10 - By Mike Lee -

Every step forward seems to be followed by a step back for the Sharks this season. San Jose tripped up against a division rival on Tuesday night, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Anaheim Ducks in overtime after battling back to tie the game in the 3rd period. The Sharks would outshoot Anaheim 41-20 in the contest, but the game’s outcome isn’t decided by the shot totals. Anaheim picked their opportunities and capitalized, while San Jose tried to win with shots on net.

The outcome was a bitter one for San Jose, especially how things played out in the overtime period. The extra five minutes was filled with penalties by both teams that went ignored by the officiating team, which in the end benefitted the visiting Ducks.

The end it was just another loss for a Sharks team that is still looking to establish itself in the standings this season. Losing division games at home are the kind of thing that will haunt the Sharks at the end of the season. The Sharks would start the game strong, but they failed to knock out their opponent.

Torrey Mitchell started the Sharks in the right direction early in the contest, by scoring his 2nd goal of the season just 1:42 into the game. Ryane Clowe setup he goal with a strong forecheck behind the Ducks net, picking the pocket of defenseman Paul Mara before sliding a pass out to the slot for the Mitchell one-timer past Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller.

Ducks tough guy George Parros tried to light a fire under his teammates immediately after the Mitchell goal, but engaging Frazer McLaren on the ensuing faceoff. It was one of the better bouts of the season, between two bona fide heavyweights.

San Jose appeared to take a 2-0 lead when any Heatley deposited a puck past Hiller nine minutes in, but the officials ruled that Heatley touched the puck with a high stick before allowing it to drop to the ice for the shot. It was a questionable call that took a goal off the board. More importantly it stymied the momentum San Jose had built. That would all get turned upside down moments later.

The Ducks would be held to a meager two shots on goal in the period, but one would find the back of the net to draw the game even. Jason Blake would score his 3rd of the season midway through the period tipping a Tony Lydman shot past Antero Niittymaki at 9:42 of the period.

Joe Pavelski just missed putting the Sharks back on net early in the 2nd period when he missed redirecting a feed from Clowe after slipping past the Anaheim defense. The play would end up with the puck heading up ice and Pavelski deposited into the Anaheim net.

Corey Perry would give the Ducks the lead at 8:27 of the period on a backhanded put-back after Niittymaki fell down and left the net exposed. The Sharks were stumbling in their own zone as the Ducks pressed matters with only nine shots on goal. Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle tried to tie up Perry who flipped the puck on net from just outside the left post.

The Ducks committed a pair of penalties to start the 3rd period, allowing the Sharks to put a little pressure on Hiller. They would finally get a puck past him at 9:05, right after a Tony Lydman hooking period ended. Devin Setoguchi broke a 10-game goal scoring drought by roofing a shot over Hiller’s right shoulder from the left dot. Ducks defenseman Andreas Lilja and Perry both dropped their sticks on the sequence, allowing the Sharks more room to work.

San Jose would send a steady stream of pucks Hiller’s way late in the period, but they couldn’t find a way to double their output in the period. They would outshoot the Ducks 22-6 in the 3rd period to top the 40-shot mark for the game.

In the overtime period Joe Pavelski had a golden chance to end things when a puck kicked out to him in front of the Ducks net. His stutter step move had Hiller beat, but he couldn’t get the puck lifted over the Duck netminder’s pad.

Lubomir Visnovsky ended things with a shot from the blueline after the Sharks iced the puck in the extra session. Sharks head coach Todd McLellan was hot because the Ducks were not called for an obvious interference penalty on Setoguchi as he tried to touch the puck as it headed up ice. The Sharks forward was hauled to the ice, allowing the puck to reach the end of the rink for the icing call.

McLellan tried to get the referee’s attention to discuss the call after the game was already decided, but all four of the on-ice officials made a bee-line for the exists as soon as the Visnovsky shot hit the twine.


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1 2 3 OT T
ANA 1 1 0 1 3
SJ 1 0 1 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Mitchell 2 (Clowe, Setoguchi), 1:42. 2, ANA, Blake 3 (Lydman, Koivu), 9:42.
2nd period - 3, ANA, Perry 6 (Ryan, Getzlaf), 8:27.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Setoguchi 2 (Boyle, Clowe), 9:05.
Overtime - 5, ANA, Visnovsky 3 (Koivu), 4:27.
1st period - Parros, ANA (fighting major), 1:46; McLaren, SJ (fighting major), 1:46; Mitchell, SJ (holding), 5:04; Koivu, ANA (hooking), 16:48.
2nd period - Lilja, ANA (hooking), 18:21.
3rd period - Koivu, ANA (high sticking), 2:20; Lydman, ANA (hooking),6:58 ; Murray, SJ (holding), 9:57.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
ANA - Hiller 41 39
SJ - Niittymaki 20 17
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
ANA 2 9 6 3 20
SJ 6 12 22 1 41
Power Play Conversion
ANA 0 of 2
SJ 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Jonas Hiller
Devin Setoguchi
Torrey Mitchell
Referees: Dwyer, Watson. Linesmen: Cvik, Heyer.
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