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The Sharks Are Hosting The Ducks

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

It's over and the Sharks 5-2 victory has given them four wins in their last five games.  Their offense has been stellar in all four.  Keep it going on the road.

Anaheim is getting their best sustained pressure of the night, but Niittymaki is doing his job and stopped a close call on a wraparound.

Antero Niittymaki was just victimized by a bad bounce off Dan Boyle that resulted in a second Ducks goal. San Jose still leads 5-2.

Aaron Voros just tried to exact some revenge on Douglas Murray and bit off more than he could chew. There were chants of Murray in the stands and he might be able to run for public office at this moment.

Another moment for Douglas Murray and this time it was at the expense of Kyle Chipchura. The Ducks forward tried to get out of the way at the last moment, but the Murray hit left him visibly shaken on the ice and a striped shirt stepped in to make sure he got back to the bench. The video board just showed the replay and you would have thought Murray scored a goal.

Scott Nichol just had his second go of the night. This time he landed some quick punches on Ryan Carter before the two went to the ice.

The shutout is over as 11 seconds into a power play, Anaheim gets on the board. Ryan Getzlaf pokes it in from the side of the crease.

Oddity of the night. The Sharks are the league’s best faceoff club and Anaheim ranks 28th. San Jose is dominating 5-0 on the scoreboard, but losing 58 percent of the draws.

San Jose is up 5-0 and outshooting Anaheim 38-11.

The Sharks were on 1:13 of five-on-three time, but couldn’t find goal six.

Patrick Marleau just showed that at 31 he is still likely the fastest player in the NHL. Marleau took the puck from inside the Sharks blueline, just skated right by a Ducks defender like he wasn’t even there and drilled the puck five-hole.

Did we not just say Niclas Wallin was having a great game? Wallin dropped down to the front of the net just now and redirected a Scott Nichol shot for his first goal of the season, his first goal as a Shark and his first goal since March of 2009.

And there is the Round Table Pizza.

Dan Boyle just laid out on the ice to block a sure goal from Jason Blake. Great commitment!

Not sure if it’s coming across with the TV angles, but Niclas Wallin is having a great game, preventing Teemu Selanne from creating scoring chances on successive shifts.

They just announced in the press box that Joe Thornton has been a part of eight straight Sharks goals. Topping the previous record of seven set by Kelly Kisio back in the day.

On a two-on-one rush, Joe Pavelski went just wide with a shot that would have provided Round Table Pizza.

A melee just broke out. Scott Nichol and Kyle Chipchura went at while Jamal Mayers and Aaron Voros were tussling.

Dany Heatley now has two power play goals on the night.

Corey Perry just took a goaltender interference penalty and the Sharks will look to increase the lead.

Douglas Murray snuffs out two Ducks rushes late and San Jose takes the 2-0 lead to the lockerroom. Anaheim finishes with 4 first period shots.

San Jose is doing everything but scoring right now. They are controlling the zone, banging, skating. Exactly how you would draw up the game plan.

Dan Boyle just had a shot that hit the post on the power play. The shots are 14-3 in favor of the home club.

Jason Blake was carrying the puck toward Douglas Murray and ended up on the ice. When will the opposition learn you’re not going to win that battle? Hopefully never.

There was a big scrum in the crease as the Sharks were attempting to jam home a loose puck. The result was Ryane Clowe and Sheldon Brookbank going at it. Not major blows, but Clowe seemed to handle him like a rag doll.

Seto just had a big clean hit on Jason Blake in the corner. To add insult to injury, Blake was called for delay of game as well.

Now it’s 2-0. San Jose drew the game’s first penalty and Joe Thornton set up another tally. This time he found Logan Couture in the slot for his fourth tally of the year and Heater was in on the assist.

Frazer McLaren showed why he is in the lineup right off the bat by dropping the gloves with George Parros. The two exchanged a couple of haymakers before McLaren took Parros to the ice.

It took just 24 seconds for San Jose to take the lead. Having just stepped on the ice for their first shift, Joe Thornton’s line picked up where they left off the last game. Thornton drew two defenders going to the net and he forced a pass between them to Dany Heatley for the wide open tally in front.

Todd McLellan is dressing Frazer McLaren in place of John McCarthy.

Starters for San Jose are Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi, Ryane Clowe, Niclas Wallin and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

Antero Niittymaki is starting in net opposite Curtis McElhinney.

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