ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Better-late-than-never has become the San Jose Sharks' motto this season.
Marcel Goc scored a power-play goal 51 seconds into overtime and Nolan Schaefer made 21 saves for his first NHL shutout, leading the San Jose Sharks to a 1-0 victory over Anaheim on Friday night and snapping the Mighty Ducks' six-game, home-winning streak.
Anaheim defenseman Ruslan Salei received an elbowing penalty with 55 seconds left in regulation and San Jose took advantage.
The Sharks, who got critical goals in the final 23 seconds in three of their previous four games, finally broke through against Jean-Sebastien Giguere when Kyle McLaren's one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Brad Stuart deflected off Goc and past Giguere.
"I'm usually not out there when it's 4-on-3, and all I was looking to do was shoot," McLaren said. "We would have liked to score the goal a bit earlier, but it was a solid 60-minute effort. I think that was probably our best effort from start to finish this season."
Giguere asked referees Bill McCreary and Tom Kowal to check with the video judge to determine whether Goc deflected the shot with a high stick in front of the crease. The goal was upheld, and Giguere had to settle for a 31-save loss. The victory extended San Jose's winning streak to five games, two that went to overtime.
"I thought it was a high stick. I knew it was deflected in front, so I just wanted to make sure it was a good goal before we went into the dressing room," Giguere said. "San Jose's a hard team to beat. They throw a lot of stuff at the net and there's always a fourth guy coming into the play, so you always have to be alert."
It was the first NHL game this season scoreless through regulation. The Ducks had never played a 0-0 tie during their first 12 seasons, spanning 885 regular-season games. This one would've been decided by shootout if it was still tied through overtime.
Schaefer, the first Sharks goalie to start a season 5-0, has stopped 98 of 107 shots since he was called up from Cleveland of the AHL following injuries to Evgeni Nabokov and backup Vesa Toskala.
The Ducks, trying to break the franchise record for consecutive home victories, were 0-for-6 on the power play while San Jose was 1-for-7 with the man advantage.
"We should have had the lead at some point, the way we were playing," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "We were confident because we were working hard. We caught a lucky break and we scored."
The Sharks weren't able to get the puck past Giguere in the first period despite outshooting the Ducks 15-5. Giguere robbed Alyn McCauley with a glove save just 24 seconds into the second period as the Sharks center took a drop pass from Marco Sturm on a 2-on-1 against Salei and went for the top right corner.
"Giggy played outstanding," Anaheim captain Scott Niedermayer said. "They really came at us hard early in the game and we didn't have an answer. But he did, and he enabled us to get a point. Our goalies have kept us in these last two games, and the rest of us haven't performed at our best."
Schaefer matched Giguere, stopping Petr Sykora on a breakaway with 12:02 left in the third period. He became only the second goalie to deny the Ducks a third-period goal in Anaheim's first 15 games this season.
"It's a credit to the guys," Schaefer said. "The defense did a great job and everyone came back strong to help out."
Todd Fedoruk, who provides the muscle on the Ducks' top-scoring line with Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald, left with game because of a back strain with 11:16 left in regulation. He was hurt when he tried to size up San Jose's Rob Davison for a check against the glass in the Sharks zone and missed.
Notes: The Sharks have scored at least one power-play goal in seven straight games. ... Anaheim's other six-game home streak was Dec. 1-12, 2002. The Ducks have lost a club record-tying six straight road games since winning 5-3 at Chicago on opening night. ... Giguere is 3-10 against San Jose, the first team to reach double figures against the 2003 playoff MVP. ... Wilson was Anaheim's head coach during the franchise's first four seasons. The only current Ducks who played for Wilson during his last Anaheim season are Selanne, Salei and D Jason Marshall. Wilson's teams are 11-11 against the Ducks. ... Toskala (groin) joined Nabokov (shoulder) on injured reserve Friday to clear a roster spot for RW Steve Bernier, who was called up from Cleveland of the AHL. Scott Thornton (groin) and Wayne Primeau (back spasms) didn't make the trip.
|PPG - Marcel Goc (3) ASST: Kyle McLaren (7), Brad Stuart (5)|
1 - 0 SJS
|Ryane Clowe Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Travis Moen Roughing|
|Mark Smith Roughing|
|Scott Niedermayer Hooking|
|Scott Niedermayer Tripping|
|Joe Dipenta Interference|
|Mark Smith Tripping|
|Patrick Marleau Boarding|
|Joffrey Lupul Holding|
|Keith Carney Hooking|
|Josh Langfeld Holding|
|Rob Niedermayer Hi-sticking|
|Milan Michalek Tripping|
|Kyle McLaren Interference|
|Samuel Pahlsson Interference|
|Ruslan Salei Elbowing|