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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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07


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