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Sharks 3, Ducks 2

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Milan Michalek scored a power play goal at 16:14 of the third period to break a 2-2 tie as the San Jose Sharks came back to defeat the Ducks 3-2 on Wednesday at Honda Center.

Jonathan Cheechoo tallied twice for the Sharks who moved within three points of the Pacific-leading Ducks.

Teemu Selanne and Shawn Thornton scored for the Ducks who fell to 33-14-8 with 74 points.

After a scoreless first, Cheechoo got the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 9:22 of the second period. Cheechoo one-timed a feed from Sharks center Joe Thornton in front of the Anaheim net. The puck bounced off the middle bar inside of the net and out. Play continued for 1:36 before the officials were able to review and award the goal to Cheechoo and the Sharks.

The Sharks had an opportunity to add to their lead midway through the second period with nearly two full minutes of 5-on-3 power play. Scott Niedermayer was whistled for tripping at 11:39 of the second and Samuel Pahlsson picked up a slashing minor on the ensuing face off to give San Jose 1:55 with a two-man advantage.

Instead, the Ducks killed the Sharks' two-man advantage.

Selanne added to Anaheim's second period momentum with his team-leading 32nd goal of the season to tie the contest 1-1 at 14:52. Selanne rocketed a slap shot from the right wing past Sharks' netminder Vesa Toskala.

Thornton gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead just 44 seconds into the third. Todd Marchant picked off an errant pass on the side boards and fed Dustin Penner in front of the Sharks net. Toskala made the initial save and Thornton cleaned up the rebound for his second goal of the season.

Cheechoo evened the contest 2-2 for San Jose at 10:36 of the third period with his second goal of the game and 20th of the season.

Michalek got the winner with the Sharks on the power play at 16:14 of the third. Michalek tipped home slap shot off the stick of Marc-Edouard Vlasic in the waning seconds of Joe DiPenta's minor penalty.

The Ducks now head to the road to face Dallas, Colorado, Phoenix and Los Angeles before returning to Honda Center to face the Kings on Sunday, Feb. 18.

NOTES: Selanne's tally was the 524th of his career tying him for 27th on the all-time list with Bryan Trottier…The Ducks hosted their ninth-straight sell out with an announced attendance of 17,466.




20:00 - END OF GAME - SHOTS: ANA 22, SJ 29

19:00 - SJ PEN - Patrick Rissmiller - 2 minutes for delay of game.

16:14 - SAN JOSE GOAL - POWER PLAY - MILAN MICHALEK (15).  Michalek tips a slap shot by Marc-Edouard Vlasic in the waning seconds of DiPenta's minor to give San Jose a 3-2 lead. 

14:16 - ANA PEN - Joe DiPenta - 2 minutes for hooking. 

11:44 - Jonathan Cheechoo and Chris Kunitz each go off for roughing after a melee in front of the Sharks bench.

10:36 - SAN JOSE GOAL - JONATHAN CHEECHOO (20).  Cheechoo gets his second goal of the game to tie the contest 2-2.  Assists go to Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton.

4:16 - SJ PEN - Jonathan Cheechoo - 2 minutes for tripping.  Anaheim goes on their fourth power play.

2:07 - SJ PEN - Mark Bell - 2 minutes for hooking.  Anaheim goes on their third power play of the contest.

0:44 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SHAWN THORNTON (2).  Thornton buries the rebound of a Dustin Penner shot to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead.  Penner and Todd Marchant get the assists.

0:00 - The third period is under way.


20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD. SHOTS: ANA 18, SJ 16

14:52 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE (32).  Selanne blasts a slap shot from the right wing past Toskala to tie the contest 1-1.  Assists go to Shane O'Brien and Joe DiPenta.

11:45 - ANA PEN - Samuel Pahlsson - 2 minutes for slashing.  San Jose now goes on a 2-man advantage for 1:55.

11:39 - ANA PEN - Scott Niedermayer - 2 minutes for tripping.  San Jose goes on their third power play.

9:22 - SAN JOSE GOAL - JONATHAN CHEECHOO (19).  Cheechoo one times a pass from Joe Thornton in front of the Anaheim net.  The puck hits the middle bar inside the net and bounces out.  Play goes on for 1:36 before a review and the final goal call.  Assists go to Thornton and Ryane Clowe.

0:00 - The second period is under way.  The Ducks begin with 57 seconds left on their second power play.



18:57 - SJ PEN - Curtis Brown - 2 minutes for tripping.  Anaheim goes on their second power play.

14:56 - George Parros and Scott Parker renewed acquaintances at center ice.  The fight ends with Parros wrestling Parker to the ice.  Both men receive fighting majors.

11:32 - SJ PEN - Scott Hannan - 2 minutes for interference.  This is Anaheim's first power play of the game.

8:22 - ANA PEN - Scott Niedermayer - 2 minutes for hooking.  SJ goes on their second power play.

0:59 - ANA PEN - Rob Niedermayer - 2 minutes for hooking.

0:00 - The first period is under way in Anaheim.

0:00 - The Ducks are wearing their new white sweaters for the first time ever at Honda Center tonight.  San Jose is wearing their home teal sweaters.

0:00 - Sean O'Donnell is out of the Ducks line up with the flu.


STARTERS:  ANA G 30 Ilya Bryzgalov, D 23 Francois Beauchemin,  D 27 Scott Niedermayer, LW 32 Travis Moen, C 26 Samuel Pahlsson, RW 44 Rob Niedermayer;   SJ G 35 Vesa Toskala, D 6 Josh Gorges, D 22 Scott Hannan, LW 29 Ryane Clowe, C 19 Joe Thornton, RW 14 Jonathan Cheechoo. 

SCRATCHES: ANA C 13 Mark Hartigan, D 21 Sean O'Donnell; SJ G 20 Evgeni Nabokov, D 4 Kyle McLaren, D 5 Rob Davison.


The Anaheim Ducks won't have to wait long for another chance to increase their Pacific Division lead.

Anaheim goes for a home-and-home sweep of the San Jose Sharks as the teams meet at the Honda Center on Wednesday.

The Ducks (33-13-8) defeated the Sharks 7-4 on Tuesday, padding their lead over San Jose (34-19-1) to five points. Travis Moen recorded his second two-goal game this season, and Rob Niedermayer added a goal and two assists.

Defenseman Chris Pronger had two assists, and fellow blueliner Scott Niedermayer - playing his first game since suffering a foot injury on Jan. 19 - also drew an assist.

"We knew this was a huge two games for us," Rob Niedermayer said. "It doesn't mean much unless we follow it up with a big game tomorrow. Everything is so tight in our division. Every game seems huge, even now. We know it's a big one tomorrow."

San Jose pulled within 6-4 in the third period as Patrick Marleau scored his team-leading 28th goal and assisted on two tallies by Jonathan Cheechoo. But Ryan Getzlaf's empty-net goal with 1:37 to play capped the scoring for Anaheim.

"It seemed like any time we had a breakdown, they buried it," Marleau said. "We need to redeem ourselves tomorrow. We squandered an opportunity, but we've got another chance."

Anaheim's Teemu Selanne was held without a point for the third straight road game. The 10-time All-Star has tallied 37 points in 27 home games, and leads the Ducks with 31 goals and 62 points overall.

When Selanne records a point on home ice, the Ducks are 16-3-2. They're just 2-1-3 there, though, when he's held off the scoresheet. Selanne's 42 career goals against San Jose are his most against one team in his career.

San Jose's Joe Thornton had two assists Tuesday, giving him six during a four-game streak. The reigning Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner has failed to score a goal in his last five games, and has only three in his last 14.

Thornton has recorded a goal and three assists in three home games versus the Ducks, but failed to record a point in a 5-0 loss in Anaheim on Nov. 21.

San Jose, which kicks off a season-high eight-game road trip with this contest, will try to avoid losing consecutive games away from HP Pavilion for the first time since Oct. 25-26 and just the second time this season.

The Sharks' 16 road wins tie them with Dallas for second most in the Western Conference and are two less than Nashville, owners of the league's best record.

- Associated Press

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