SAN JOSE, Calif. --
Following their 3-2 shootout win over Anaheim on Sunday, the Sharks looked to capitalize on their second consecutive win over the Ducks. But back-to-back second period goals by Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan sealed the 2-0 victory for the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
Anaheim had the game’s first power play when Kyle McLaren was called for roughing on Ryan Getzlaf, but the Ducks did not generate a strong scoring chance. A subsequent call against San Jose provided the Sharks with a shorthanded scoring chance. The opportunity came when Mike Grier forced the puck behind Giguere at the side of the net and the fans could only groan as it briefly sat unattended in the crease before being swatted away by an alert Ducks defender.
When the Sharks had their first power play, the fans had a bit more to cheer about at as Chris Pronger was the guilty party. However, San Jose could not convert and they watched another puck go through the crease without being tapped in.
As the period wound to a close, Steve Bernier almost set up a go-ahead tally, but Giguere was able to locate the puck.
Less than three minutes into the second, Anaheim found the game’s first goal. On the play, Chris Kunitz carried the puck deep down the left boards and waited until Corey Perry dropped down late on the right side. With a sleek pass across the ice, Perry took it in stride and found the back of the net before Nabokov could slide across.
When Chris Pronger drilled Devin Setoguchi's face first into the boards and no call was made, the Sharks knew they had to responded. First, Kyle McLaren laid a massive hit behind the net and then Rob Davison had a bout with Anaheim heavyweight George Parros.
The Ducks would score the next goal to make it 2-0 with 2:32 left in the middle period. With Anaheim on the power play, a three-on-two rush occurred and Bobby Ryan finished a smooth delivery from Todd Marchant that Nabokov had no chance to reach.
Anaheim would carry the lead into the second break.
Fisticuffs broke out again in the third period. After Parros pushed Nabokov back into his net, a scrum broke out and Craig Rivet and Ryan Carter were exchanging blows.
San Jose was matching Anaheim in the physical portion of the game, however they were still searching for their first goal late in the third period. With 8:30 left in regulation, Marcel Goc appeared to have scored the Sharks first tally, but Giguere absolutely robbed his attempt to go top shelf with the backhand from in close.
The Sharks pulled Nabokov with 31 seconds remaing, but San Jose had no luck with the extra attacker and the Ducks held on for the 2-0 victory. LINES
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San Jose will return to HP Pavilion Thursday night against the Phoenix Coyotes and limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com
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