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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Anaheim

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 to pull within a tie in the tightly knit Western Conference standings -- Ducks and Sharks are now tied for the fifth seed. Team Teal started their seven-game road trip right with Dany Heatley score a mere 14 seconds into tonight's game. Ben Eager, Jason Demers and Ryane Clowe also scored for San Jose and Antti Neimi made 27 of 30 saves.


San Jose held on to win 4-3.

Dan Boyle's shot went wide of the net. The Ducks cleared the zone and Curtis McElhinney raced toward the Anaheim bench for an extra skater.

Though the Ducks have dominated play as of late due to desperation, Devin Setoguchi managed to take the puck to Curtis McElhinney who was forced to make the save  in order to give his team a chance to tie it up.

Antti Neimi made the save on Maxim Lapierre shot as the Ducks began to pour it on late in game and down 4-3.

Benn Ferriero sped into the Anaheim zone and tried to extend San Jose's lead his shot is blocked before it reached the net.

Patrick Marleau blocked the shot before it could make its way toward Antti Niemi. That's San Jose's 14th block shot this game.

Saku Koivu was a tad slow to get up after the puck appeared to have hit him on its way toward the net, but Koivu eventually made his way to the Ducks bench on his own accord. Anaheim's powerplay expired and they did not get a shot on goal in those two minutes.

Ben Eager put the puck over the glass and will serve the two-minute minor.

Dan Sexton flew down the wing and skated pass a Sharks d-man and toward the net. Antti Niemi came up with the big save to keep it a one-goal lead for Team Teal.

Anaheim and Sharks change on the fly. Bobby Ryan took advantage of the change and his shot from the slot beat Antti Niemi to put the Ducks to 4-3. Corey Perry and Curtis McElhinney earn the assist.

Teemu Selanne missed the net on his shot attempt.

Joe Thornton once again wins the opening faceoff. The Captain is 64 percent on the faceoff dot.


The score sits at 4-2 after two periods. Anaheim scored two goals in the middle frame to cut the Sharks's lead down to two-goals. The Ducks have 24 hits so far in the game.

Anaheim scrambled in front of the net and got several chances on Antti Niemi before Cam Fowler beat Niemi up high. Correy Perry and Saku Koivu earn the assist on the powerplay goal. Sharks lead not sit at 4-2.

San Jose got tacked with a too-many-men penalty. Ducks powerplay for the next two minutes barring anymore penalties.

Ryane Clowe scored on a shot on the outside of the right faceoff circle to give Team Teal back a three-goal lead. Dan Boyle and Joe Pavelski earned the assist on Clowe's powerplay goal. San Jose up 4-1.

Cam Fowler goes to the penalty box for a hooking minor.

George Parros put a hit on Kent Huskins in the neutral zone.

Benn Ferriero shot was saved by Curtis McElhinney.

The Ducks' first shot of this powerplay made it to the net but Antti Niemi was more than up to make the save.

Patrick Marleau got hit with a boarding penalty and head off to the penalty box for two minutes.

Joffrey Lupul scored for the Ducks to cut San Jose's lead down to 3-1.

Patrick Marleau and Co. got the puck to Curtis EcElhinney who jumped and covered up the puck for his first save of the game.

Benn Ferriero took a hit in the offensive zone and was muscled off the puck.

San Jose continued their dominance in the faceoff circle, Captain Joe Thornton won the opening faceoff of the second period.


After one period of action, the Sharks lead 3-0 thanks to Dany Heatley's quick goal just 14 seconds into the game and goals from Ben Eager and Jason Demers. Jonas Hiller, who is tied for most wins, was chased from the game following Demers goal. Team Teal has dominated the faceoff circle winning 15 of 19.

Anaheim's shot missed the net but sharply bounced back toward Antti Niemi who quickly covered it up with his glove.

Ryane Clowe got two-minutes for a slashing infraction late in the first period.

Antti Niemi made a routine save on an Anaheim defenseman's shot.

Jason Demers received a Ryane Clowe pass from the side and blasted on from the blueline to beat Jonas Hiller, effectively chasing him from the game. Sharks up 3-0 as Curtis McElhinney now sat between the Ducks' pipe. Devin Setoguchi earned the secondary assist on Demers' goal.

The Ducks tried to enter the zone as their powerplay expired without much flare but Douglas Murray cleared the zone quickly. Dan Boyle, who just exited the penalty box, collected the puck and skated toward Jonas Hiller who made the save.

Dan Boyle got tagged for tripping deep in his zone. Anaheim would go on their first powerplay of the game.

Ben Eager skated up the neutral zone as the Ducks' penalty expired, speeded into the Anaheim's zone and his quick wristers beat Jonas Hiller on the short side to give San Jose the 2-0 lead. Devin Seetoguchi and Dan Boyle earned the assist on Eager's first goal in a teal sweater.

Andy Sutton tripped up Dany Heatley and goes to the penalty box to serve two minutes.

Antti Niemi made the save but then a little scrum started to the right of Niemi's net. The officials quickly broke it up.

Scott Nichol, in his first game back since missing four due to a NHL suspension, took a hit to the head from Andreas Lilja.

Dany Heatley scored his 19th goal of the game. He attempted a wraparound which was saved by Jonas Hiller but Heatley followed up on his shot and beat Hiller through the five-hole. Joe Thornton and Douglas Murray with the assists. Sharks up very early 1-0.


With Alex Stalock first career win and the wild 5-3 comeback win over the Phoenix Coyotes still fresh on their minds, the San Jose Sharks took a short flight to Anaheim to battle rival Ducks, who sits two points ahead in the standings.

Scott Nichol will be expected back in the lineup after serving his four-game suspension.

Logan Couture, Torrey Mitchell, Antero Niittymaki and Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf will not be in the lineup.

Antti Niemi is expected in goal tonight on the back-end of the back-to-back. He also started yesterday but was pulled from the game in the second period.
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