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Stanley Cup Final

Ducks nip Sharks in OT

Monday, 01.14.2008 / 12:12 AM / Game of the Night

By Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

Anaheim defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored just 33 seconds into overtime to lift the Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
Watch highlights from the Ducks OT win 
Francois Beauchemin and Doug Weight combined to help keep the Anaheim Ducks’ home winning streak alive and deny the San Jose Sharks of a victory on a rare night off for Evgeni Nabokov.
   
Beauchemin, a defenseman, jumped into the play and one-timed a Todd Marchant feed 33 seconds into overtime for his second goal of the season, giving the Ducks a 4-3 win on Sunday night, their sixth straight at Honda Center.
   
Thomas Greiss made his National Hockey League debut in net for the Pacific Division-leading Sharks, spelling Nabokov, and stopped 25 shots.
Greiss was in line for the win before Weight sent the game to overtime with a blast that deflected in off the skate of San Jose defenseman Alexei Semenov with just 27.7 seconds left in regulation. With Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere pulled for an extra attacker, Chris Pronger held in an attempted clear by Semenov before dishing off to Weight for his eighth of the season.
   
“Semenov was in the lane again and I saw Perry over there and a couple of guys through to the net,” Weight said. “I was just trying to fire it through and get some action in there to see what happens. It was a fortunate bounce. It was a big win for us.”
   
Todd Bertuzzi and Corey Perry also tallied and Giguere made 26 saves for Anaheim, which closed to within one point of Dallas and three of San Jose in the Pacific.

“Some nights we play good and we don’t win, and tonight was one of the nights that we didn’t play our best, but we get the two points,” Beauchemin said.

Jeremy Roenick, Torrey Mitchell and Milan Michalek scored for San Jose, which came up short in its quest for an 11th straight road victory. The Sharks hadn’t lost away from HP Pavilion since the Ducks beat them in a shootout, 3-2, on Nov. 9.

“It was a tough one, to lose the lead 30 seconds before the end,” Greiss said.
Nabokov had started all 43 of San Jose’s games this season entering Sunday’s action, with his previous backup, Dimitri Patzold, appearing in just three games for a total of 43 minutes, 35 seconds worth of action.
   
A League-leading 25 wins, combined with five shutouts, a 1.99 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage, has made it tough for Sharks coach Ron Wilson to find reason to give Nabokov a rest. But the 21-year-old Greiss, recalled Tuesday from Worcester of the American Hockey League, acquitted himself admirably.
   
“He played well tonight. I didn’t talk to him before the game. I just tried to let him prepare for the game,” Nabokov said. “I know the feeling when you go in there for your first game; you don’t need to know much information. He handles the game well and he’s good mentally.”
   
San Jose staked Greiss to a quick 1-0 lead. Set up in front of Giguere on the power play, Roenick lit the lamp at 2:11 off a feed from Patrick Marleau ( 700K ). Joe Thornton sent the puck from along the boards out to Marleau at the right point, and the Sharks’ captain skated in deep before dishing to Roenick for the veteran’s ninth of the year.
   
Greiss was officially welcomed to the NHL by Bertuzzi ( 700K ) just under seven minutes later. Beauchemin took a shot that bounced quickly around the boards and Greiss, positioned at the left post, didn’t have enough time to get across and stop a wraparound by Bertuzzi at 8:58 of the first. Bertuzzi’s eighth tally came just eight seconds after a penalty to Semenov had expired.
   
Mitchell and Matt Carle followed Semenov into the box for the Sharks, but they struck for a 2-1 lead while killing Carle’s penalty. Mike Grier came down right wing leading a 3-on-1 rush, controlled a bouncing puck and put a pass on Mitchell’s stick at the left post. Mitchell squeezed the puck just between the post and Giguere’s leg with 4:37 left in the period ( 700K ) for his ninth goal, and fourth in six games against the Ducks.
   
Michalek’s team-leading 15th goal extended the Sharks’ lead to 3-1 with 5:58 remaining in the second. After chasing down the puck in the Ducks’ zone, Michalek left it for Thornton behind the net. With Roenick again working hard in front, drawing a pair of defenders to him, Thornton found Michalek sneaking to the right post and put a pass on his stick for the tap in past Giguere.
   
Perry drew the Ducks within 3-2 when the Sharks couldn’t clear a loose puck during a scramble in front. Perry potted his team-high 24th with 3:05 left in the second.
   
Giguere responded by making 14 saves in the third period, keeping San Jose from pulling away and giving Anaheim a chance for the late comeback.
   
“When you can get rolling and you want to consider yourself a great team, you’re going to need your goalie to steal one once in awhile,” Weight said. “There’s going to be all kinds of different ways to win. Certainly, we didn’t come out as great as we’d like tonight. To get some emotion late and tie the game and to get an overtime win, that’s just another way, another peg in the board.”
   
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild