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Sharks continue Duck dominance
SJ scores 6 straight goals in route
1/29/15 - By Mike Lee -

The San Jose Sharks have owned the Anaheim Ducks this season. It's one of those oddities given that the Sharks have struggled to be consistent, and the Ducks are hands down the best team in the NHL this season. In the 4 prior meetings between the two teams this season, the Sharks have won 3 of those games. Thursday night's 5th matchup of the season wasn't much different as the Sharks cruised to a 6-3 win at SAP Center.

Typically when a team scores the game's first goal, and then tacks on two more to close out the game, things are probably looking up for them. That's what Anaheim did, but those goals were simply bookends to the 6 straight goals San Jose put past Ducks goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Andrew Cogliano staked the Ducks to their lone lead of the evening 4:57 into the game, evading defenseman Scott Hannan in front of the net before taking a pass from Rickard Rakell out of the right corner and lifting a shot past Antti Niemi for his 6th goal of the season.

That was it for Anaheim highlights. The Sharks went on a run, and flat out embarrassed the Ducks.

A Kyle Palmieri high sticking penalty put the Sharks on the power play a minute after Cogliano's goal, the 1st of 5 man advantage chances for San Jose. The Sharks put on a passing clinic with Patrick Marleau sending a pass to Joe Thornton along the left wing boards. Thornton received the puck and put it in front of the net in the blink of an eye, where Joe Pavelski tapped it home for the 1-1 tie.

Barclay Goodrow gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead 2:15 into the 2nd period by snapping a shot from the bottom of the left circle after carrying the puck up the left wing. It was a simple shot with a little stick flex that caught Bryzgalov low to the stick side.

Marleau teamed up with Brent Burns 4 minutes later, redirecting a pass that Burns dressed up as a shot from the right point. Marleau was cutting through the high slot, getting a stick on the puck and redirecting it perfectly past Bryzgalov for his 10th goal of the season.

Cogliano had a chance to disrupt the Sharks momentum later in the period with a breakaway chance while teammate Sami Vatanen sat in the penalty box after incurring an interference penalty. Niemi stood tall, denying the prime scoring chance.

Matt Irwin got in on the act at 12:37 of the period, by sniping a shot from the slot after Logan Couture fed the trailing defenseman as he crossed the blueline. Irwin skated in on net as teammate Matt Nieto tied up Vatanen in front of the net. Irwin's shot at the high right corner, scoring his first goal since October.

The Ducks simply imploded 2 minutes later, when they got caught on a line change that allowed San Jose to skate up ice with the numbers advantage. Goodrow skated up the right wing and fed James Sheppard for his 5th goal of the season as the forward skated down the slot. Tomas Hertl led the break and drew a Ducks defender to the right post, opening up a shooting lane for Sheppard.

John Scott put the Ducks on the power play late in the period after he was sent off for rouging, but even that turned sour for Anaheim. Pressing in the Sharks zone on the subsequent power play, the Ducks turned the puck over, allowing the Sharks to skate up ice on a partial 2-on-1 break. Matt Nieto controlled the puck as he skated up ice with defenseman Brenden Dillon on his left. Nieto fed Dillon after crossing the blueline as Francois Beauchemin tried cutting off the left side of the net. Dillon tried returning the pass to Nieto, but Matt Beleskey dove in an attempt to cutoff the pass. The puck hit Beleskey, redirecting it into the wide open net.

Dillon was credited with the goal, which pushed the Sharks lead to 6-1.

Beleskey added a goal 1:23 into the 3rd period to cut the Sharks lead to 6-2. Both teams seemed unmotivated to attack the net, although Patrick Maroon would score a 3rd goal for Anaheim with 70 seconds left in regulation to put an end to the goal-fest.

Game notes:

* Joe Thornton surpassed Phil Housley for sole possession of 37th place on the NHL's All-Time Points List (1,233 points) with the pair of assists he recorded.

* Patrick Marleau recorded his 10th goal and 25th assist of the season. In his past five games, Marleau has accumulated seven points (3G, 4A).


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1 2 3 T
ANA 1 0 2 3
SJ 1 5 0 6
1st period - 1, ANA, Cogliano 6 (Rakell, Silfverberg), 4:57. 2, SJ, Pavelski 25 (Thornton, Marleau), 7:23, (pp).
2nd period - 3, SJ, Goodrow 3 (Sheppard, Hertl), 2:15. 4, SJ, Marleau 10 (Burns, Thornton), 6:16. 5, SJ, Irwin 3 (Couture), 12:37. 6, SJ, Sheppard 5 (Goodrow, Hertl), 14:30. 7, SJ, Dillon 2 (Nieto), 16:07, (sh).
3rd period - 8, ANA, Beleskey 19 (Kesler, Palmieri), 1:23. 9, ANA, Maroon 6 (Lidholm), 18:50.
1st period - Palmieri, ANA (high sticking), 6:00; Beauchemin, ANA (fighting major), 10:36; Desjardins, SJ (kneeing), 10:36; Desjardins, SJ (fighting major), 10:36; Lovejoy, ANA (tripping), 13:23.
2nd period - Kessler, ANA (hooking), 3:55; Vatenen, ANA (interference), 6:32; Scott, SJ (roughing), 14:58.
3rd period - Maroon, ANA (cross checking), 8:58.
Shots Saves
ANA - Bryzgalov 25 19
ANA - Andersen 8 8
SJ - Niemi 28 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ANA 14 9 5 28
SJ 9 17 7 33
Power Play Conversion
ANA 0 of 2
SJ 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Brent Burns
Barclay Goodrow
Referees: Dwyer, Kowal. Linesmen: MacPherson, Morin.
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