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Ducks Down Sharks, 2-0

Thursday, 01.26.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Ducks Down Sharks, 2-0

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Rookie Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves for his first NHL shutout, and Andy McDonald and Joffrey Lupul scored in the Anaheim Mighty Ducks' 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

Former Sharks forward Teemu Selanne had two assists for the Ducks, who prevented surging San Jose from passing them in the Pacific Division standings. The Sharks had won eight of their last 10, but their worst offensive game in a month led to their first shutout loss of the season.

Bryzgalov got the start in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who blew his top during Anaheim's 6-3 loss to Edmonton on Tuesday night. Giguere twice went after Ryan Smyth after the left wing apparently obstructed him, landing punches to Smyth's head and earning a misconduct penalty.

But Bryzgalov, who's been strong in his first full NHL season, made several big saves when the Sharks finally woke from the offensive slumber that limited them to 10 shots in the first two periods. Bryzgalov held San Jose scoreless during a lengthy 5-on-3 power play in the third, then stopped rookie Milan Michalek on a breakaway.

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 30 shots in a similarly strong performance for the Sharks, who had scored at least two goals in 21 of their first 23 games since Joe Thornton's arrival Dec. 1 in a trade with Boston. Thornton had trouble generating his usual offensive heat for the Sharks, and Jonathan Cheechoo's point-scoring streak ended at a franchise-record 12 games.

Anaheim defenseman Ruslan Salei went to the locker room late in the first period after getting hit in the face by Josh Langfeld's stick. The San Jose rookie inadvertently clipped Salei from behind while swinging to take a shot.

Salei left the arena for medical evaluation, but the Ducks' defense remained sturdy in the scoreless first 37 minutes.

The Ducks finally scored on their 23rd shot late in the second period when McDonald deftly redirected a straight-ahead pass from Keith Carney. McDonald, Anaheim's second-leading scorer, ended a six-game goal drought with his 15th of the season.

The Sharks were lightly booed while leaving the ice after managing just three shots in the second period.

Lupul stretched Anaheim's lead on a power play early in the third period, converting an expert pass from Selanne for his 17th goal after San Jose's penalty-killers somehow gave up a 2-on-1 fast break while the puck was in their own zone.

Anaheim then committed two quick penalties, giving San Jose a two-man advantage for the next 1:47. But Thornton, Cheechoo and captain Patrick Marleau couldn't score on repeated chances, and the booing increased.

Notes: Anaheim LW Travis Moen missed the game with a strained shoulder. ... Rookie C Dustin Penner, recalled from Anaheim's AHL affiliate before the game, played a regular shift. He had two goals and two assists during an earlier stint. ... Cheechoo had 10 goals and nine assists during his streak. He had a hat trick Dec. 20 in the Ducks' last visit to San Jose.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 36 23 8 5 104 98 51
2 CHI 35 23 10 2 107 72 48
3 NSH 33 22 9 2 95 70 46
4 STL 34 21 10 3 100 86 45
5 SJS 35 19 11 5 99 90 43
6 WPG 35 18 10 7 88 81 43
7 VAN 33 20 11 2 99 91 42
8 LAK 35 17 11 7 97 88 41
9 CGY 36 18 15 3 104 98 39
10 MIN 32 16 13 3 93 89 35
11 COL 34 13 13 8 90 101 34
12 DAL 33 14 14 5 95 113 33
13 ARI 34 12 18 4 80 112 28
14 EDM 35 7 21 7 75 121 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 35 12 27 9 39
R. Kesler 36 12 15 -1 27
S. Vatanen 36 9 15 1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 36 15 4 12 19
C. Fowler 35 4 14 2 18
J. Silfverberg 36 4 12 2 16
H. Lindholm 35 4 11 11 15
P. Maroon 28 2 13 -4 15
D. Smith-Pelly 32 4 9 4 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 19 5 4 .914 2.39


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