GAME: Anaheim Mighty Ducks (11-13-4-5) at San Jose Sharks (11-9-10-3).
The San Jose Sharks are having some trouble scoring, but they don't mind as
long as they keep winning.
After topping the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 2-1 on Sunday, the Sharks will look
to sweep the home-and-home series when the teams meet at HP Pavilion.
San Jose has not scored more than two goals in any of its last 11 games, but
the Sharks are still 5-4-2 in that span.
"It's just freaky," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "We can't seem to score
the third goal, but we have a ton of chances to do it. We just seem to be a
little snake-bit. But we're comfortable in those situations, it seems. That's
what we expect and that's what we prepare for -- a 2-1, 1-0, 3-2 type of game.
"It's not just the goalies who feel the heat, trust me. It's the whole
bench. But after a while, you kind of get used to it. And even though we have
only two goals, we have the lead -- so there's nothing wrong with that."
Evgeni Nabokov outdueled playoff MVP Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 24 saves
and Niko Dimitrakos set up goals by Patrick Marleau and Vincent Damphousse to
give San Jose the win on Sunday.
Dimitrakos, a rookie right wing, has seven points in his last 14 games.
"Niko's been great, and he's just going to get better," Damphousse said.
"When he came back from the minors, he improved his play.
"As the game goes on he understands the score more, and what kind of plays
he can make at different times -- and he's making great plays. He's a good
skater, he makes good passes and he's got a good quick shot."
Nabokov, who shut out the Ducks on Dec. 13 at San Jose, allowed Anaheim's
only goal when Petr Sykora scored on a rebound 5:39 into the second period.
"Nabokov's a great goaltender," Anaheim forward Jason Krog said. "But at
the same time, I don't think we got enough pucks to the net. And when we did,
we were letting him see it and there was nobody there for the rebounds."
Giguere, who made 38 saves in Thursday's 1-0 win over Colorado, fell to
3-8-0 in 11 career games against San Jose despite stopping 22 shots.
He hasn't won consecutive starts since Nov. 9-16, when he won three
Anaheim has lost three of its last four.
STANDINGS: Mighty Ducks - 31 points, 4th place (tied), 7 PB, Pacific
Division. Sharks - 35 points, 2nd place, 3 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Mighty Ducks - Sergei Fedorov, 11 goals, 13 assists and 24
points; Todd Simpson, 83 PIM. Sharks - Marleau, 13 goals; Damphousse, 17
assists; Marleau, 21 points; Rob Davison, 51 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Dec. 20): Mighty Ducks - Power play: 16.5 percent (21
for 127), 11th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (113 for 134), 17th
(tied). Sharks - Power play: 19.0 percent (26 for 137), 7th. Penalty killing:
85.5 percent (118 for 138), 11th (tied).
GOALTENDERS: Mighty Ducks - Giguere (5-14-2, 1 SO, 2.73 GAA); Martin Gerber
(6-4-2, 2, 2.12). Sharks - Nabokov (5-8-6, 2, 2.42); Vesa Toskala (6-4-4, 0,
SEASON SERIES: Mighty Ducks, 2-1.
LAST MEETING: Sunday; Sharks, 2-1. At Anaheim, Sykora scored for the seventh
time in his last nine game against the Sharks.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mighty Ducks - 3-8-2-3 on the road; Sharks - 4-3-7-1 at