By Adam Brady
ANAHEIM – One streak was snapped and another rolled on, as the Ducks virtually stole one from the Sharks 4-3 in overtime on a Francois Beauchemin goal just 33 seconds into the extra session.
Something had to give when the Sharks took their 10-game road winning streak into Honda Center, a place Anaheim had won five in a row. It looked late in the game like the Sharks would continue that streak, which ranked second all-time in the NHL, when they led 3-2 with less than a minute left in regulation. But after sending goalie J.S. Giguere to the bench for an extra attacker, the Ducks got a great bounce to tie the game 3-3 with just 27.7 seconds left.
|Beauchemin (middle) punched in the game-winner in overtime to give the Ducks their sixth straight at home and snap San Jose's 10-game road streak.
From the right circle, Doug Weight slapped the puck toward the far post, and it deflected off San Jose defenseman Alexei Semenov’s right skate and skidded past Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss.
Greiss, a 21-year-old German rookie, was making his NHL debut, as it was the Sharks’ first game of the year in which workhorse goaltender Evgeni Nabokov did not start. Nabokov got the night off since the Sharks were playing their second game in as many nights.
"Semenov was in the lane again and I saw Perry over there and a couple of guys through to the net," said Weight of his goal. "I was just trying to fire it through and get some action in there to see what happens. It was a fortunate bounce. I’m definitely going to keep it. It was a big win for us."
Boosted by the momentum of that late goal, the Ducks got the clincher early in overtime. Todd Marchant carried the puck into the San Jose zone toward the right circle, and sent a pass to Beauchemin, whose one-timer from the left circle leaked through Greiss’ leg pads. The entire Ducks bench spilled onto the ice and behind the San Jose goal, where they celebrated their fifth victory in six games against Pacific Division frontrunner San Jose. It was the first overtime goal of Beauchemin’s career.
"Some nights we play good and we don’t win and tonight was one of the nights that we didn’t play our best, but we go the two points," Beauchemin said. It was just Beauchemin's second goal of the season. "I'm glad it went through finally," he said.
Before Weight’s strike, the Sharks had held a 3-2 lead since the 3:05 mark in the second period, when Corey Perry cut into the lead with a rebound goal, his team-leading 24th. J.S. Giguere did all he could to keep the Ducks in it, making 26 saves, including several big ones in the closing period. One of the best of those was a diving stop of a Milan Michalek chance, several feet out from the crease, just before time expired in regulation.
|Giguere had 26 saves in earning his 19th victory.
Giguere was able to bounce back after giving up two goal on San Jose's first four
shots. Greiss made 25 saves in taking a tough loss in his debut.
"When you can get rolling and you want to consider yourself a great team, you’re going to need your goalie to steal one once in awhile, maybe a power play, your second, third or fourth line to come up and have a big night," Weight said. "There’s going to be all kinds of different ways to win. Certainly, we didn’t come out as great as we’d like tonight. To get some emotion late and tie the game and to get an over time win, that’s just another way, another peg in the board. "
San Jose drew first blood in the game when Jeremy Roenick connected on the power play just 2:11 after the opening faceoff. Roenick used his body to get in position on Scott Niedermayer near the crease, and was rewarded with a Patrick Marleau pass that he quickly deposited.
The Ducks evened it at the halfway point of the period, as Todd Bertuzzi picked up a loose puck after a Francois Beauchemin shot was saved, skated around the back of the net and sent a wraparound shot off Greiss and over the stripe.
With the Ducks looking to go in front on the power play, San Jose turned the tables on them shorthanded. After a Ducks turnover, Mike Grier led a 3-on-1 rush and sent a last-second pass to a charging Torrey Mitchell, who tipped it past Giguere. It was four goals in six games against the Ducks for the rookie Mitchell.
|Continuing his hot play, Bertuzzi had the Ducks' first goal and set up the second one.
The Sharks made the lead two goals when Milan Michalek was the beneficiary of a nice Joe Thornton pass from behind the net, and went low to one-time it in the open right part of the net. Earlier in the period, Marleau let go of a wrist shot that went through everybody, including Giguere, and clanged off the right post.
With 3:05 left in the second, Perry was denied by Greiss on a one-timer, but the rebound went to Bertuzzi in the slot, who nailed a shot on the move. The puck deflected to a waiting Perry, who swung and batted it out of the air and into the twine.
That made it 3-2 San Jose, where it would remain through the end of the second.
It was the first game back for Ducks forward Brad May, who missed 11 games with a broken bone in his foot.
The Ducks, who are 9-2-2 over the last 13 games, will again put their home winning streak on the line Tuesday against Dallas.
The six straight wins at home for the Ducks is their longest home winning streak of the season and the longest since the club also recorded six consecutive wins at home from Feb. 25-March 11, 2007.
Tonight’s Ducks win snaps the Sharks’ 10-game ROAD winning streak, which equaled the second-longest in NHL history. The Sharks are now 16-3-3 on the road this year, with two of their six losses coming against Anaheim.
Anaheim’s comeback win marked just the second time all season the Sharks lost when leading after two periods (now 18-0-2). Conversely, the Ducks are now 4-15-1 when trailing after two periods.
Ryan Getzlaf’s assist tonight extends his point streak to a career-high 10 games (4-9=13). The 10-game streak also marks the longest by a Ducks player since Andy McDonald’s 11-game streak from Jan. 23 – Feb. 12, 2006 (5-13=18). Getzlaf’s point streak is tied for the longest current streak in the NHL (also Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, 9-5=14 points over 10 games).
With 1-1=2 points tonight, Todd Bertuzzi has a three-game point streak (2-4=6). He also has 4-7=11 points in the last 10 games.
Corey Perry has a three-game goal streak (3-3=6), tying his career high set last season (Dec. 16-20, 2006, 4-1=5 points). He has also earned 4-4=8 points in the last five games.
With a goal tonight, Doug Weight extends his point streak to four games (3-2=5), his longest of the season.
Scott Niedermayer has a three-game assist streak (0-3=3), his longest of the season.
Tonight’s game marked the Ducks’ 58th consecutive sellout (17,174) at Honda Center (46 regular season plus 12 playoff games).
0:33 - ANAHEIM GOAL - FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN - Todd Marchant skates into the San Jose zone and makes a pass from the right circle across to a chargin Beauchemin in the left circle. His one-timer goes under Greiss and over the stripe. The Ducks win it 4-3 in overtime and the entire team celebrates behind the San Jose goal.
0:00 - Here we go.
20:00 - END OF REGULATION - Just before the clock hits zero, Michalek is one on one with Pronger with some room. He whiffs at the first shot and then Giguere, coming WAY out of net, denies him on the second, finally diving on the puck as time expires. The Ducks get a very late one in the period to tie it 3-3 and we're going to overtime.
19:32 - ANAHEIM GOAL - DOUG WEIGHT - With the Ducks up a man after emptying the net, Weight slaps one that is heading wide of the net (and might have been a pass). It hits off Semenov's skate and goes right in past Greiss. The crowd erupts and we're tied at 3.
18:50 - The Ducks empty the net.
16:26 - Grier heads down the right wing with one on one with Getzlaf, but his shot is knocked away by Giguere.
15:05 - The Ducks dodge a bullet, when the Sharks have a couple of slaps at a loose puck in the painted area, but somehow can't get it through.
11:46 - Pronger tags a slap shot that looks like it might find paydirt, but a slight deflection in front sends it over the net.
10:37 - After the whistle, Brad May looks like he wants to get into it with Alexei Semenov, but Semenov doesn't go for the challenge.
8:55 - Grier pounces on a bouncing puck in the slot, but Giguere slides way out to deny him.
8:15 - Perry makes a slick move along the right wing boards, then takes a shot from a tough angle that Greiss blockers away.
6:03 - Cheechoo is alone in front for a one-timer, but Giguere bats it away with the glove.
The tennis balls are in their usual spots, five rows behind the goal. But I noticed that just before the game, one was on one end and the other was at the other end. I thought maybe they were fighting.
4:26 - ANA Penalty - Todd Bertuzzi, 2 min. goaltender interference. ANA Penalty - Corey Perry
and SJ Penalty - Milan Michalek, 2 min. each roughing. Bertuzzi charges hard to the net from the right wing and gets the puck knocked away before he goes bowling into Greiss. After the whistle, a couple of scuffles break out between the Ducks and Sharks, notably Perry and Michalek, who drop their gloves and throw a few.
1:55 - Bertuzzi takes a shot from the slot that goes wide, past a screening Perry.
0:00 - We're underway in the third, with the Ducks down 3-2.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Sharks get a goal from Milan Michalek in the second part of the period, but Corey Perry
gets one back to keep the lead at just a goal. The Ducks have a couple of chances on a power play at the end of the period, but nothing doing. It's 3-2 Sharks.
17:25 - SJ Penalty - Jeremy Roenick, 2 min. delay of game. In a crowd near the boards, Roenick flips it over the glass. There is arguing by San Jose and some discussion, but the penalty sticks.
16:55 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - On a Ducks rush, Ryan Getzlaf feeds Perry right in front, but his one-timer try is denied by Greiss and kicks right to Bertuzzi in the slot. His shot on the move deflects off Greiss right to a waiting Perry, who swings and bats it in the net. It's 3-2 Sharks.
14:02 - SAN JOSE GOAL - MILAN MICHALEK - Thornton sets up behind the net and makes a quick feed to Michalek, who gets down low to one-time it in the open right side of the net. It's 3-1 Sharks.
14:40 - Pronger lets a pass go right under his stick. That's about the fourth time that's happened tonight.
During the Kiss Cam, two men in a row get denied by the women they're with. Tough break, boys. I guess that's a better alternative to when the people make out. That's just uncomfortable.
11:48 - Marleau curls out of the corner and feeds Michalek for the one-timer, but Giguere is right there.
9:05 - Marchant gets out on the breakaway, but he'd denied by Greiss.
8:51 - Giguere dives on a puck and the whistle blows just before Michalek pokes it out from under him and into the goal.
8:40 - Marleau lets go of a wrist shot that gets through everybody, including Giguere, but thankfully clangs off the right post.
8:03 - ANA Penalty - Sean O'Donnell, 2 min. interference.
It's Carl's Jr. Trivia time and they got the guy, a frequent Ducks game attendee, who looks like a poor-man's Rod Stewart. They ask a tough one, regarding Corey Perry's goal in the first 16 seconds against Chicago. That tied for second-fastest in Ducks history and they asked who he was tied with, without any choices. He guesses Paul Kariya and he's wrong. It's Steve Rucchin.
6:33 - A wild scramble in front of the net, with several Ducks batting at the puck, ultimately ends of with Greiss diving on it.
4:45 - Kunitz's soft backhander on the move is held nicely by Greiss, avoiding a charging Rob Niedermayer looking for a rebound.
3:48 - Perry slides out of the left circle and snaps one off that Greiss gloves. It's one of many shots on net the Ducks get off on this power play.
2:17 - ANA Penalty - Torrey Mitchell, 2 min. tripping. A chance for the Ducks to look to tie it.
0:00 - Here we go in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks outshoot San Jose 8-4, but two Sharks goals give them the 2-1 lead. The Ducks get one from Todd Bertuzzi at the halfway point.
16:55 - With some fine stickhandling through the SJ defense, Scott Niedermayer skates his way into a breakaway, but can't get it past Greiss.
15:23 - SAN JOSE GOAL (SHORTHANDED) TORREY MITCHELL - After the Ducks turn it over on the power play, San Jose heads down on a 3-on-1 rush led by Mike Grier on the right wing with only Schneider back. Grier waits until the last moment to feed Mitchell, who taps it past Giguere. It's the fourth goal in six games for Mitchell against Anaheim this year and it's 2-1 San Jose.
13:41 - SJ Penalty - Matt Carle, 2 min. interference. Another power play for Anaheim, which didn't do a lot with the last one.
11:06 - SJ Penalty - Torrey Mitchell, 2 min. high sticking.
9:58 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TODD BERTUZZI - After two straight Francois Beauchemin shots are saved, Bertuzzi picks up a loose puck, skates all the way around the back of the net and throws a wraparound on net that hits the back of Greiss and scoots over the line.
6:50 - We go to the first timeout and the Ducks have exactly zero shots on goal.
6:50 - SJ Penalty - Alexei Semenov, 2 min. hooking. The Ducks go on their first power play.
2:11 - SAN JOSE GOAL (POWER PLAY) - JEREMY ROENICK - Patrick Marleau skates through the right circle and feeds Roenick, who did a heck of a job to use his body to get into position in front of Scott Niedermayer. He easily redirects it past Giguere. It's 1-0 Sharks early.
1:35 - ANA Penalty - Chris Pronger, 2 min. hooking. The Ducks and Sharks get into it pretty heavy after the whistle. Pronger doesn't look very happy.
0:55 - Brad May hits the ice for Anaheim.
0:00 - And we're underway.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; SJ Thomas Greiss
Starting Skaters: ANA Sean O'Donnell, Chris Pronger, Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer, Ryan Carter
; SJ Douglas Murray, Milan Michalek, Christian Erhoff, Joe Thornton, Jeremy Roenick
Scratches: ANA George Parros
, Joe DiPenta; SJ Kyle McLaren, Sandis Ozolinsh, Steve Bernier
Brad May is in the Ducks lineup after being out with a broken bone in his foot. It's the first game Evgeni Nabokov hasn't started this season and it's the NHL debut for Greiss.