ANAHEIM, Calif. - Marcel Goc (3, McLaren, Stuart) scored the game-winner 51 seconds into overtime on the power play as the Sharks beat the Ducks 1-0 on Friday night at the Arrowhead Pond.
Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salei went off for elbowing at 19:05 of the third period. With the teams 4 on 3 in the overtime period, Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren ripped a one-timer from the top of the circle that was tipped by Goc past Ducks goaltender JS Giguere.
“I got the puck from Marcel and [Stuart] and Stuey just gave me a nice pass to hit," said McLaren.
"I didn’t see Marcel tip it. It was great. It doesn’t matter who scores on this team or when, it just matters that we got the job done and came away with two points.”
The Ducks, who skated last night in a 4-3 loss in Denver against the Avalanche, had some trouble getting going in the first period.
“It was tough. For some reason, the first period was pretty flat again." said Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne.
"Obviously, it was a pretty tough game last night and we got back at 2:00 [AM]. You can always use those excuses, but we’re not. We have to find a way to win games like these, especially when we know the energy level is not the best. You have to play smarter.”
Ducks goaltender JS Giguere stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced including several big saves in the first period.
“We came out a little flat, but I thought our legs came in once the game went on," said Giguere.
"We had a pretty good third period, created some things. The game could have gone either way and I think we should feel good that we got a point.”
The Ducks will skate again on Sunday at the Arrowhead Pond against the Minnesota Wild at 5 PM. Anaheim will not play again until Saturday, November 12 versus the Phoenix Coyotes at the Glendale Arena.
NOTES: The Ducks lost left wing Todd Fedoruk in the third period with an abdominal strain…Prior to Goc’s game-winning goal, Anaheim had killed 25 straight penalties including six in the game on Friday night.