In a rematch of Wednesday night’s contest, the San Jose Sharks squared off against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in front of a packed house at HP Pavilion. Thanks to an impressive effort by Jean-Sebastian Giguere, the Ducks defeated the Sharks by the final score of 2-0.
Evgeni Nabokov manned the net for San Jose and was equally impressive, stopping 23 of the 24 shots he faced.
Five minutes into the game, San Jose received their first power play of the night when former Shark Jason Marshall hooked Jonathan Cheechoo. 37 seconds later, Keith Carney was whistled for high-sticking Steve Bernier and the Sharks had 1:23 of five-on-three time. The Sharks fired five shots on goal during the two-man advantage, but couldn’t light the lamp.
Midway through the opening frame, Carney was penalized again, this time for interference, but San Jose could only manage one shot on goal before the penalty expired.
Doug Murray was sent to the box for holding with just over five minutes left in the first, but it was the Sharks that had the best scoring chances during the penalty kill when Milan Michalek and Nils Ekman both made good plays bringing the puck out of the defensive zone and putting pressure on Giguere.
Rob Niedermayer was called for hooking with 1:43 left in the period, but the first expired with the game remaining scoreless despite the Sharks out-shooting the Ducks 14-7.
The 17 seconds remaining in the Niedermayer penalty quickly expired as the second period began, and it was Anaheim that would put some early pressure on Nabokov, but the netminder turned away their first quality scoring chance of the night.
Anaheim was granted their second power play of the night when Cheechoo was whistled for hooking. Once again San Jose exhibited a perfect penalty kill and the game remained scoreless.
The Ducks would soon end the scoring drought, however, when Todd Fedoruk took the puck from behind the net and bounced it off Nabokov’s leg pad. The puck slipped between Nabokov’s pad and the post, giving Anaheim the 1-0 lead.
San Jose would have a chance to respond when Todd Marchant was called for hooking. With 24 seconds left in Marchant’s penalty, Scott Niedermayer was called for hooking. But just seconds after Marleau headed to the box for tripping. All penalties expired with the game remaining 1-0 in favor of Anaheim.
Scott Hannan was called for holding with 51 seconds left in the second. The remainder of the clock expired and the teams headed to the locker room with Anaheim hanging on to their one goal lead.
San Jose killed of the remainder of the Ducks power play to start the third, but two minutes in, Hannan was sent to the sin bin for holding. That penalty was killed off as well and just as they went to even strength, Joe Thornton and Ekman were off on a two-on-one. The big centerman let loose a bomb that Giguere juggled and dropped on the doorstep. Ekman couldn’t quite get there in time to tie the contest though and the Sharks came up empty on their next power play as well.
With 10 minutes left in regulation, San Jose had 30 shots, but no goals. Steve Bernier attempted to change that when he found himself alone on Giguere on top of the crease. Unfortunately, the rookie right winger had no room to maneuver and the shot was easily stopped.
With five to go, Cheechoo and Michalek attempted to jam a rebound past the Duck netminder, but to no avail. Bernier had another chance on the following shift, but was tripped up and could not get the quality shot off.
With 3:03 left in the third, Samuel Pahlsson hooked Hannan to the ice, allowing San Jose a final power play opportunity to tie the game. With 40 seconds left in the power play, Nabokov came off for the extra skater. The penalty expired, however, without the Sharks solving Giguere.
With Nabokov still pulled, Selanne notched Anaheim's second goal of the night with an empty netter in the closing seconds of the contest and the Ducks skated off with the 2-0 victory.
- Tonight’s game marked the 400th in Scott Hannan’s NHL career.
The Sharks will play host to the Calgary Flames Monday night at HP Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the HP Pavilion box office and all Ticketmaster locations. The game can be seen on FSN Bay Area and heard on the Sharks Radio Network and sjsharks.com.