ANAHEIM – It wasn’t enough for Ryan Getzlaf and Andy McDonald to carry the Ducks in regulation Friday night against San Jose. They did it again in the shootout.
Getzlaf and McDonald, who scored the two Ducks goals in the second and third periods, respectively, were also the only players to connect in the shootout, as the Ducks prevailed 3-2 over San Jose.
Andy McDonald had the tying goal and the clinching goal in the shootout.
Going first in the shootout, Getzlaf skated in from the left side, faked a shot and snapped one past Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Then McDonald clinched it with a backhander that slipped between Nabokov’s pads. In between, J.S. Giguere denied San Jose shooters Joe Pavelski and Jonathan Cheechoo. (Anaheim’s Mathieu Schneider, the hero of the Ducks’ last shootout win over Columbus on Nov. 1, was unsuccessful in his attempt.
It was just the fourth shootout win at home for the Ducks since the format was put into place during the 2005-06 season and made them 9-19 in the format. But it was their second in a row, including that win over Columbus.
"It feels good to win," McDonald said. "We’ve got a frustrated group in here. We’re fighting for wins. To be able to come from behind like that tonight to win feels good. To be able to contribute like that feels good."
Despite their early-season struggles, the victory put the Ducks in first place in the Pacific Division with 17 points at 7-8-3, one ahead of San Jose and Dallas. San Jose fell to 7-7-2 with the defeat.
"It was a big game for us and it’s a building point for us right now," Getzlaf said. "That’s obviously a good team over there. We battled tonight and found a way to get it done."
The Ducks tied the score at 2-2 early in the third period on Andy McDonald’s third goal of the season, at 5:56. Todd Marchant tipped a Kent Huskins pass off the right wing boards to McDonald, who sped to the bottom of the right circle and buried a wrister top shelf. 700K
McDonald called the goal, "a lucky bounce. I think it went off the defenseman’s skate. Todd tipped it and I just noticed there was some room there. I tried to jump in the hole as quickly as possible with the puck and it worked out."
Neither team could find the net until halfway through the first, when rookie center Torrey Mitchell became the latest to get his first NHL goal against Anaheim. Mitchell took a Mike Grier pass at the top left of the crease and chipped it through Giguere.
That made it 1-0, and it would stay that way until the following period, when Getzlaf notched his fifth of the season at 12:30. After a Mathieu Schneider point shot ricocheted off the back boards and toward the crease, Corey Perry slapped it off Nabokov, and Getzlaf batted the rebound past him. 700K
San Jose would counter with just 45 seconds remaining in the period, as Joe Thornton ripped a slap shot from above the right circle that went through a screening Milan Michalek and over Giguere’s shoulder. That goal came on a power play that resulted in a questionable tripping call on Getzlaf behind the San Jose net.
Giguere saved 22 of 24 shots in earning the win, while San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov stopped 24 of 26. Nabokov has in played every game for the Sharks this year.
The Ducks have the weekend off before taking on the Kings at Honda Center on Tuesday night.
Tonight marked the Ducks’ 44th consecutive sellout (17,174) at Honda Center (32 regular season plus 12 playoff games).
Since the start of the 2006-07 NHL season, the Ducks are now 6-2-1 versus San Jose.
The Ducks have earned at least one point in five of their last six contests.
Mathieu Schneider has earned 2-5=7 points in the last four games.
Ryan Getzlaf has recorded 2-4=6 points in the last four games.
Corey Perry has recorded 4-3=7 points in the last six games.
Todd Marchant has earned points (1-1=2) in consecutive games. He also has a three-game point streak versus San Jose (0-3=3) dating back to Feb. 6, 2007.
ANA Andy McDonald's attempt is a backhand that gets through Nabokov five-hole. Ducks win in the shootout!
SJ Jonathan Cheechoo's shootout attempt is STOPPED by a charging Giguere.
ANA Mathieu Schneider's shootout attempt is kicked away, as he goes second again, just like in the shootout win over Columbus.
SJ Joe Paveslki's shootout attempt is a wrister kicked away.
ANA Ryan Getzlaf's shootout attempt is GOOD as he skates in from the left side, fakes and snaps one through.
5:00 - END OF OVERTIME - Both teams have chances, but nothing too threatening, as Anaheim gets off three shots and SJ one. We're going to a shootout. Don't forget, the Ducks have a one-game winning streak in shootouts.
1:32 - Grier takes a hard shot on a rush from the left circle, but Giguere takes it in the gut.
20:00 - END OF REGULATION - The Ducks put the pressure on late in the period, but can't find the net to clinch it. We're going to overtime for the second straight game here.
19:14 - A Pronger slap shot rebounds in front, and Nabokov lays out for the loose puck before Moen can get to it.
18:49 - Schneider flips it over the glass and SJ wants a delay of game, but the officials rule it was deflected.
16:35 - Getzlaf absolutely drills Douglas Murray behind the Sharks goal, which makes a very loud noise.
15:33 - After the puck goes over the glass, Pronger and Michalek push each other a bit, stemming from a seemingly unprovoked shove from behind to Pronger.
There are two season ticket holders, a man and woman, who sit in Section 205 who always wear flourescent yellow pullovers. We call them "the tennis balls" and we're fascinated by them. They're here every game, but sometimes they sit a few rows up from where they are right now. Sometimes there is a third one.
14:46 - Goc flings a shot from the top of the left circle that Giguere holds between the pads. We're at the last timeout.
10:37 - Thornton gives Cheechoo a pass from behind the net, but his one-time attempt is squashed by Giguere.
TV shows a familiar face in the crowd. Hey, it's Teemu Selanne! He's alive!
9:03 - Just as the penalty expires, the Ducks survive a loose-puck flurry in front of Giguere.
8:15 - The Ducks clear it the length of the ice. The crowd always cheers louder on that when they think the power play was unjustified.
7:03 - ANA Penalty - Brad May, 2 min. interference. May and Roenick collide in the Sharks zone and both go flying. Seconds later, after the play is dead, the Sharks and Ducks scrap a little bit, leaving a trail of gloves all over the ice. They give May the interference on the play, which the crowd finds questionable.
5:56 - ANAHEIM GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD - Todd Marchant tips a Kent Huskins pass off the right wing boards to McDonald, who speeds to the bottom of the right circle and buries a wrister top shelf. It's just the third of the year for McDonald. We're tied at 2.
4:18 - Getzy and McLaren jawing again after the whistle.
3:52 - Getzlaf and Kyle McLaren do a little shoving after the whistle. The way McLaren was banging loudly on the boards from the bench to signal the end of a penalty a few seconds earlier, I don't blame Getzy.
1:32 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. tripping. Getzlaf again gets the tripping call as he upends Kyle McLaren.
1:21 - McDonald sneaks a wrister through from the right wing, but Nabokov denies.
0:00 - Off and running in the third, Ducks needing a goal or two.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - At the horn, the Sharks and Ducks get into it a bit and it's a sea of teal and white in front of the Sharks net. It's quickly broken up. The Ducks get one in the period, but San Jose gets one back late on the power play and it's 2-1.
19:15 - SAN JOSE GOAL (POWER PLAY) - JOE THORNTON - Thornton takes a pass from Rivet above the right circle and uncorks a slap shot that goes through a screening Milan Michalek and over Giguere's shoulder. It's 2-1 Sharks as the Ducks penalty costs them.
17:37 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. tripping. Getzlaf is whistled when a SJ player goes down behind the Anaheim net. The crowd thinks it's a bad call, and I can't say I disagree with them.
15:22 - San Jose kills the penalty, but they ice it soon afterward. Luckily they get the TV timeout, so even though they can't change, they get a breather.
13:05 - SJ Penalty - Marc-Edouard Vlasic, 2 min. holding. Ducks get a power play right after the goal.
12:30 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - After a Mathieu Schneider point shot hits the back board and bounces toward the crease, Corey Perry bats it off Nabokov and it comes to Getzlaf who slaps it in. It's 1-1. Fifth on the season for Getzy.
11:20 - Thornton gives Moen a hard shot away from the puck, but Moen doesn't retaliate.
10:12 - Big save by Giguere on a hard Thornton shot from the left wing on a rush. Jiggy kicks a leg out to make the save, then freezes it.
7:48 - Perry flings a backhander on net, but Nabokov gloves it.
6:25 - Beauchemin has a lot of room to uncork a slap shot from the point, but Nabokov dismisses it.
5:51 - Mitchell, looking for his second, wrists one from the left circle, but Giguere flashes the leather.
5:22 - Not much to write home (or on this page) about so far in the period. The Sharks ice it. That's about as exciting as it's gotten so far.
0:00 - We're off in the second, Ducks trailing 1-0.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Sharks spend the majority of it in the Anaheim zone, outshooting the Ducks 9-3 and outscoring them 1-0.
17:39 - Giguere does a nice job to reach out and smother a loose puck in front after a Craig Rivet point shot, as Roenick topples to the ice.
16:02 - ANA Penalty - Bench minor, 2 min. too many men on the ice. Third PP of the game for the Sharks.
14:30 - The Sharks keep it in the Anaheim zone for about a half hour before it's finally cleared.
10:32 - SAN JOSE GOAL - TORREY MITCHELL - Mike Grier feeds a streaking Mitchelll near the top of the crease and he chips it up and through Giguere. It's the first career goal for Mitchell, which seems to be happening to the Ducks a lot lately. Jeremy Roenick gets the second assist. It's 1-0 San Jose.
9:40 - During a scramble in front, Giguere makes a couple of huge saves, and on he slides on his side to block what looked like a sure goal.
8:03 - ANA Penalty - Kent Huskins, 2 min. hooking. Another PP for SJ.
7:23 - The Ducks get a nice early penalty kill.
5:23 - ANA Penalty - Mathieu Schneider, 2 min. hooking.
4:50 - After the puck goes over the glass and into the crowd behind the Ducks net, a balding man with a long white beard dives over a kid on the aisle to grab the puck. Impressive.
1:20 - Corey Perry makes a nice pass to Drew Miller in front, but Miller's one-time try misses.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center, as the Ducks are in their white uniforms tonight and the Sharks are in their teal. Guess we're mixing it up.
7:07 p.m. - Another wonderful rendition of the anthem by Gunnery Sgt. Juan Contreras.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; SJ Evgeni Nabokov
Starting Skaters: ANA Sean O'Donnell, Chris Pronger, Samuel Pahlsson, Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer; SJ Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo, Joe Thornton, Sandis Ozolinish, Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Scratches: ANA Maxim Kondratiev, Joe DiPenta; SJ Christian Erhoff, Patrick Rissmiller, Curtis Brown
1 - 0 SJS
1 - 1 Tie
2 - 1 SJS