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This Tight Battle Goes The Other Way

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
San Jose and Anaheim engaged in another entertaining battle Tuesday night, with the Ducks winning this tussle 4-3. The Sharks feel they unfortunately let one get away on the night.

A frustrating portion of the game for the Sharks was 54 seconds of five-on-three time late in the third on which they could not tie the contest.

“We have to give them credit,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. “They played well and blocked a lot of shots. We have to find a way to get shots through or at least to the side of the net.”

The Sharks would also like to have taken better advantage of the Ducks losing J.S. Giguere late in the second period. San Jose mustered just four third period shots and a couple came on the late five-on-three.

“I don’t know why it happened (not putting up more shots),” said Josh Gorges. “When a goalie comes in, he is always a little tight. Maybe we subconsciously pulled back.”

Replacement Michael Wall did have the benefit of surviving the final moments of the second and having a full intermission to prepare mentally and physically.

“He made saves when he needed to, but we didn’t get enough shots,” said Joe Pavelski.

Sharks fans have become used to the unbelievable netminding providing at HP Pavilion by Evgeni Nabokov, as he entered the contest leading all NHL netminders in home goals-against-average. So when Nabokov was not looking like one of the leagues best, it was surprising.

“I don’t think we played a bad game,” said Nabokov. “I would like to get a little more out of myself.”

The all-star netminder was not happy with three of the four Ducks tallies. Two of the four goals-against came on wraparounds.

“The second (wraparound) happened pretty quickly,” said Nabokov. “On the first, I tried to poke check the puck. I probably should have been more patient.”

On the first and fourth goals, Nabokov saw some tricky puck motion.

“The first kind of dropped and went away,” said Nabokov. “The puck has to be stopped at that distance. No excuse. The last was tipped. Again it was savable. If I was a little sharper, the outcome could have been different.”

Still, Nabokov knows the season is a marathon and not a sprint.

“It is not a big deal if we bounce back,” said Nabokov.

San Jose fell behind a goal early, but tied the contest on a delayed penalty when Marleau came driving in as the extra attacker. Thornton held the puck until Marleau entered the attack.

“He said he saw me right off the bench and waited,” said Marleau. “He is always looking for someone, so I came in hard.

Christian Ehrhoff surpassed his goal total goal from last season with a tally in the first period (7th goal of the 2006-07 season).

Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said nether club was at their best on the evening.

“I think that after a two-day break, both clubs were not as effective as they would have liked to have been, but I guess it makes for an entertaining brand of hockey,” said Carlyle. “It was a high paced game, that’s for sure.”

The Sharks will host Phoenix on Thursday to close out their six-game homestand. Limited tickets are still available for the 7:30 p.m. contest at the HP Pavilion Box Office and at

The game will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and on

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