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San Jose Hosts A Potential Playoff Matchup

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

A scrum had to be broken up with five seconds remaining, but the Sharks held on for the 4-2 win.  The win provided another 100 point season and moved the Sharks back into second place in the Western Conference.

Patrick Marleau tried giving the empty net effort to Joe Pavelski, but it came back to him and he drilled it from the blueline.  Just another two-goal game.

Anaheim began to look for the op to pull their goalie.

The Sharks power play controlled the zone for a minute before Devin Setoguchi unleashed a blast that struck the back of the net.  Down 2-0 early, the Sharks took the lead at 3-2.

Dany Heatley carried the puck through three zones before putting an amazing move on Luca Sbisa.  The shot was stopped, but the ensuing search for it resulted in a Sharks power play.

An Anaheim shot hit Dan Boyle and sat alone in the crease until Antti Niemi covered it.

100 - Tonight marked Logan Couture's 100th NHL game.

Devin Setoguchi just uncorked a bomb from inside the faceoff circles, but Ray Emery was able to make the save.

A big two points sitting on the table for both clubs.  A Sharks win moved them back into second in the Western Conference.  The Ducks would jump into sixth place with a win.

Great effort in all three zones to tie the game at 2.

Corey Perry met the ice while trying to do some stick work around Douglas Murray

Patrick Marleau continued his scoring ways.  After an initial shot was rebuffed, he corralled the rebound and reahed around Ray Emery to tie the contest.

The Sharks have overtaken Anaheim in the shot category 15-13.

San Jose killed off a Ducks penalty and seemed to be in attacking mode the entire time shorthanded.

Dany Heatley closed the gap to 2-1.  He attempted to flick a pass to a driving Joe Pavelski, but when the vulcanized rubber hit a skate, Heatley chased it down and put it home.

San Jose opened the period with a good offensive attack in looking to continue how the first period ended.

San Jose had just 2 shots through 18 minutes, but found four late to get to six.  It simply was not a good period all the way around by the Sharks own standards.  Still 40 minutes to rally the troops.

Douglas Murray just flattened Bobby Ryan entering the zone.

A simple point shot on the power play somehow slipped behind Antii Niemi after it appeared he got enough of it.  2-0 in favor of the Ducks.

More than halfway through the period and only five combined shots had gone on net. 

Excellent penalty kill by the Sharks with Jamal Mayers putting two attempts on net and Douglas Murray blocking a big shot.

Anaheim pounced on the early lead when Corey Perry found Bobby Ryan wide open next to the net.

The physicality of the game showed early between the two rivals with a couple of intense hits.

Patrick Marleau was awarded the Sharks Foundation Player of the Month Award.

Antti Niemi and Ray Emery were set to dress in the nets.  Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi started up front with Jason Demers and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the backend.
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