San Jose 4, Anaheim 2

Monday, 12.19.2005 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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San Jose 4, Anaheim 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Jonathan Cheechoo scored three goals for the first time in his career, including a successful penalty shot and a beautiful unassisted score 30 seconds apart in the third period of the San Jose Sharks' 4-2 victory over Anaheim on Tuesday night.

Cheechoo, who leads the Sharks with 16 goals, punctuated the Sharks' seventh victory in eight games since Joe Thornton's arrival with thrilling back-to-back goals against the Mighty Ducks.

Scott Parker also scored his first goal in two years for the Sharks, who avenged a 5-4 loss at Anaheim two nights earlier. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33 shots for his fifth win in six starts.

Cheechoo got a penalty shot with 15:14 to play when Keith Carney took him down to prevent a short-handed breakaway chance. Cheechoo beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the glove side - and then beat him in nearly the same spot moments later, stealing the puck and flying past three Ducks to complete his first hat trick.

Thornton earned an assist on Cheechoo's first goal to extend his scoring streak to 14 games. He has three goals and 13 assists in eight games since joining the Sharks in a trade from Boston on Dec. 1, becoming the NHL's second-leading scorer with 49 points. 

But captain Patrick Marleau's scoring streak was snapped after 16 points in the previous seven games. Thornton's cousin, Scott, also lost his five-game scoring streak.

Cheechoo is among the biggest beneficiaries of Joe Thornton's talents. The third-year pro has scored nine goals in eight games on Thornton's line, including three multigoal games.

Petr Sykora and former Sharks star Teemu Selanne scored power-play goals for the Ducks, with Selanne getting his team-leading 17th goal in the closing minutes. Giguere stopped 14 shots, but was replaced by Ilya Bryzgalov shortly after Cheechoo's third goal.

Thornton's relentless pressure catalyzed San Jose's first score during a two-man advantage just 2:17 into the first period. Thornton found Tom Preissing alone for a slap shot, and Cheechoo easily tucked home the rebound.

San Jose went up 2-0 just 70 seconds later when Mark Smith drew two defenders and made an expert pass in front to Parker, who batted home his first goal since Dec. 10, 2003. The Sharks enforcer missed 30 of their first 31 games after getting hit in the face with a puck in the preseason.

Sykora added a 5-on-3 goal for the Ducks late in the first period. Defenseman Scott Niedermayer set up the score, earning the 500th point of his NHL career.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 73 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 61 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 76 19 27 -5 46
S. Vatanen 61 12 25 7 37
J. Silfverberg 75 12 23 11 35
P. Maroon 67 9 24 -4 33
C. Fowler 74 7 26 3 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
J. Wisniewski 64 8 24 -14 32
M. Beleskey 62 22 9 14 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 32 11 5 .913 2.41
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65


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