Anaheim
Ducks
29-35-10-8
San Jose
Sharks
43-21-12-6

25 SOG
27 SOG
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SJS
game recap

Anaheim Ducks 1, San Jose Sharks 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Anaheim Ducks 1, San Jose Sharks 2 FINAL
Anaheim Ducks 1, San Jose Sharks 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks haven't been scoring much lately. Then again, they haven't needed much offense to earn points in the standings.

Jonathan Cheechoo scored with 5:54 remaining and the Sharks stretched their home unbeaten streak to nine games with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Monday night.

Marco Sturm, playing in his 500th NHL game, also scored for the Sharks, who have two goals in each of their last nine games.

"Our main goal is not to score the most goals in the league but to make it to the playoffs," Cheechoo said. "Scoring two goals every time out is not a concern because we have been getting points most of the time."

The Sharks are 4-3-2 over their last nine games and are within two points of Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles with a home-and-home series looming against the Kings on Friday and Saturday.

Stanislav Chistov, a healthy scratch the previous two games, scored for the Mighty Ducks. Anaheim lost its fifth straight on the road and is winless in 12 consecutive road games.

"We're not giving up many goals but we're not scoring any either," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "It's not like we don't get our opportunities. The reality is that neither team could get any shots in the first two periods. They got the big goal at the end."

San Jose beat the Mighty Ducks in Anaheim on Sunday night, 2-1. The teams faced each other for the fourth time in 13 days and the fifth time this season. They don't play again until March 19 in Anaheim.

"The games get a little feistier, and it creates more of a rivalry," Cheechoo said. "After four games you really get to know each other."

The Mighty Ducks, who took a season-low two shots on goal in the first period, got on the scoreboard first early in the second period during a power play. Jason Krug had the puck along the lower left boards and passed to Andy McDonald in the lower left circle.

McDonald skated the puck to the left of the net, and when Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov challenged him, McDonald slipped a pass into the crease. Chistov then wristed the puck straight up into the net with 17:31 left in the period.

"We're not a very good team right now," Ducks forward Steve Rucchin said. "We're in a funk, and we're having a hard time getting out of it, and it's affecting a lot of guys in the locker room."

Nabokov finished with 24 saves, the same amount he had against the Mighty Ducks on Sunday night.

With 3:56 left in the second period, Sturm, parked just right of the net, redirected a slap shot from Kyle McLaren which was headed for the right side of the net. Alyn McCauley took control of the puck behind the net and wristed a pass to McLaren just inside the blue line.

"For a young team there's a lot of character in this room," McCauley said. "We've shown a lot of resiliency on our club from the start. We just kept plugging."

Since a 1-5-4 start, the Sharks have gone 11-4-6.

Patrick Marleau set up Cheechoo's goal when he skated past a pair of defenders and fed Cheechoo just outside the crease on the left side. Cheechoo flipped the puck past Anaheim goaltender Martin Gerber's left shoulder.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:29
ANA
PPG - Stanislav Chistov (1) Slapshot - ASST: Andy McDonald (12), Jason Krog (2)
1 - 0 ANA
16:04
SJS
Marco Sturm (11) Tip-in - ASST: Kyle McLaren (10), Alyn McCauley (6)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
14:06
SJS
Jonathan Cheechoo (9) Slapshot - ASST: Patrick Marleau (9), Kyle McLaren (11)
2 - 1 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
01:52
ANA
Niclas Havelid  Holding against  Marco Sturm
04:47
ANA
Lance Ward  Roughing against  Rob Davison
04:47
SJS
Rob Davison  Roughing against  Lance Ward
04:47
SJS
Rob Davison  Roughing against  Lance Ward
07:03
ANA
Niclas Havelid  Charging against  Brad Stuart
07:03
ANA
Niclas Havelid  Holding the stick against  Brad Stuart
15:10
ANA
Todd Simpson  Hi-sticking against  Mark Smith
2nd Period
00:54
SJS
Marco Sturm  Tripping against  Andy McDonald
02:40
SJS
Scott Parker  Roughing
16:48
SJS
Niko Dimitrakos  Interference on goalkeeper against  Martin Gerber
19:28
SJS
Vincent Damphousse  Slashing
3rd Period
09:46
ANA
Samuel Pahlsson  Slashing against  Kyle McLaren
12:02
SJS
Wayne Primeau  Tripping against  Samuel Pahlsson
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
SA: 27TOI: 59:04
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .926SH: 1 - 1
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .960SH: 0 - 0

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