Ducks Cool Off Sharks, 5-4

Sunday, 12.18.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Ducks Cool Off Sharks, 5-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Anaheim’s Niedermayer brothers, both with a goal and an assist, led the Ducks over Joe and cousin Scott Thornton’s San Jose Sharks, 5-4, in a family affair on Sunday at the Arrowhead Pond.

The victory snapped San Jose’s six-game winning streak and moved the Ducks ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes for sole possession of third place in the Pacific Division with 36 points.

“Tonight was one of those games where the momentum was going back and forth and we found a way to get it done,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.  “That’s always a nice sign. These are important points for us against a division rival.”

Rob and Scott Niedermayer hooked up twice in the game with Rob’s third period redirection of brother Scott’s shot from the point being the eventual game-winner.  The brothers have figured in on 10 of the same goals so far this season.

Anaheim led on five different occasions with the Sharks battling back four times to tie during the contest.

“They’re a dangerous team with (Joe Thornton) and (Patrick) Marleau,” said Rob Niedermayer.  “They never let up. We’d get a goal and they’d come back. We stuck with it and it was a good win for our team.”

Chris Kunitz (4, Unassisted) started the Ducks’ five-goal effort, shorthanded at the 11:37 mark of the first period.  Kunitz pounced on a Sharks turnover at neutral ice and beat San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on a breakaway to give the Ducks the 1-0 lead.

As with four of Anaheim’s leads in the contest, their first one would be short-lived.

“It’s pretty disheartening when you get up and they come back right away,” said Rob Niedermayer.  “It just shows how dangerous they are and how you can never let up. They just seemed to keep finding the guy in the open.”

Grant Stevenson (4, Ehroff) got the Sharks on the board at 17:34 of the first period to tie the game, 1-1, heading into the first break.

Scott Niedermayer (4, R. Niedermayer) got the lead back for the Ducks 3:36 into the second period with a wrist shot through traffic that got past Nabokov to put the Ducks up, 2-1.

Marleau (13, Langfeld) tied the game again two minutes later at 5:37 with a quick shot under the crossbar and over the shoulder of JS Giguere.

Todd Fedoruk (1, DiPenta, Wright) answered at 11:05 of the second period with his first goal of the season to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead.

Stevenson (2, Marleau) capped the second period scoring with a one-timer in the slot past Giguere to once again tie the contest going into the intermission, 3-3.


Todd Marchant (6, Lupul, Carney) and the Scott Thornton (5, Preissing, J. Thornton) traded third period goals before Rob Niedermayer’s eventual game-winner (10, S. Niedermayer, Beauchemin) at 9:56 of the third period.

The goal was reviewed for nearly five minutes as the officials tried to determine if the puck was redirected with a high stick as Rob Niedermayer battled with Sharks defenseman Rob Davison.  It was decided the goal was legal and gave the Ducks their fifth and final lead of the game.

“What matters today is that we got a big win,” said Giguere.  “We scored some big goals and we never got down when they scored.”

Anaheim will play the second half of the home-and-home with San Jose on Tuesday at 7:30 PM at HP Pavilion before returning home to the Arrowhead Pond on Wednesday to face the St. Louis Blues at 7:30 PM.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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