Sharks top Ducks 4-3 in shootout
SAN JOSE 4, ANAHEIM 3 (OT)
By RICK EYMER
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Joe Pavelski was being too creative in
He needed something different this time.
Pavelski scored in the shootout and Antti Niemi stopped all
three attempts to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim
Ducks 4-3 on Saturday night.
"You don't get a chance to do very much," Pavelski said.
"There's only a couple of moves you can do. You stop, the puck
keeps moving, slow."
Logan Couture scored his first goal in eight games. Patrick
Marleau and Marty Havlat also scored for the Sharks, who
finished a season-long five-game homestand unbeaten and won
their eighth in nine overall.
The Sharks got a scare when Joe Thornton caught a puck over his
left eye. He was back on the ice after getting stitched up.
"You hope it's not serious and when we saw where it was, we knew
he'd be back," Marleau said. "He played with one eye for the
Thornton wasn't making too much of it.
"I think it was just a ricochet. I'm not sure if somebody tipped
it or not, but it caught me right on," he said. "I just came in
and got some stitches. But I'm fine. It's what hockey players
do. They get bumps and bruises and they come back out."
Corey Perry, Alex Grant and Ben Lovejoy scored for the Ducks,
who had won three of their past four.
"We kept coming back at them," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.
"We were always within reach. If we scored one, we'd score two.
We had our opportunities."
Niemi stopped 28 of 31 shots for his 15th win. Jonas Hiller
saved 32 shots in taking the loss.
The Ducks have lost six of their past seven road games.
Lovejoy tied it at 16:54 of the third with his first goal of the
season, though he has three points in his past four games.
Nick Bonino won a faceoff in the Sharks zone, tapped the puck to
Lovejoy, who shot it to the right corner.
"It's good to win but we made a lot of mistakes," Couture said.
"After losing a faceoff we need to get into the shooting lanes.
We need to do our job."
Hiller stopped all 12 shots he faced in the first period,
including several outstanding saves.
Perry gave the Ducks the early advantage with a shot into the
upper right corner 5:56 into the game. Ryan Getzlaf gave him a
terrific pass to set up the goal.
Niemi had a solid second period, allowing the Sharks to take the
Couture tied the game at 4:16 of the second. He redirected a
shot from Marc-Edouard Vlasic over Hiller's glove. The goal
ended a season-long goal scoring drought for the center.
The Sharks took advantage of a poor pass from Hiller to score an
easy goal midway through the period for the go-ahead goal.
Hiller came out of the net to clear the puck, but flared it to
Marleau's stick, who played give-and-go with Thornton and scored
into an empty net at 10:13.
Havlat picked up a rebounded shot and tipped it into the net
with less than a minute remaining to put the Sharks up 3-1
entering the final period.
"That's a lot of character when you have guys step up in the
third period like that, down two goals against a pretty good
hockey team and able to fight back and get that point," Getzlaf
Grant, playing in his first NHL game, scored his first goal with
7:10 remaining in the third to bring the Ducks within 3-2. The
defenseman took a shot that Niemi blocked with his right
shoulder, but was unable to control as it flipped in the air
behind him and into the net.
NOTES: Getzlaf recorded a point in his 10th straight game, his
longest streak in four years. ... The Sharks and Ducks played
the first of five games in their season series. It was their
first meeting since March 27, a span of 249 days. ... Hiller
went down for a few moments after teammate Kyle Palmieri
accidentally hit him in the side of the head. ... Ducks F Dustin
Penner has eight points in his past six games. ... Mike Brown
recorded his first assist of the season and his second point.
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