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After the Ducks scored two third period goals to tie the game and force overtime, they were unable to complete the comeback bid, as Patrick Marleau scored 6:02 into the extra session for a 3-2 San Jose win in Game 5.
The puck landed behind Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller, who accidentally nudged it over the goal line. Video review confirmed the officials' call while the Duck and Sharks already were in their dressing rooms, preparing to move on to Game 6 on Monday night at Honda Center.
"The reason the puck went in the net is their player pushed our goalie's pad," Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. "As he pushed the goalie's pad, the back of his skate knocked the puck in the net."
Said Hiller: "I was looking for the puck and I didn't see who was pushing and who did what. We had our chances in overtime. They kind of got a lucky bounce."
Hiller stopped 45 shots in another busy night of work, but the Ducks failed to capitalize on numerous late scoring opportunities, forcing them to attempt another clincher at home.
The Sharks have outshot the Ducks in every game of the series, but it hasn't counted for much. San Jose had a 47-25 advantage in Game 5, but Nabokov was forced to make just as many big saves as Hiller. The Sharks netminder had 23 saves on the night.
Carter, who didn't join the Ducks' lineup until Game 4, halved the Sharks' 2-0 lead 55 seconds into the third, taking a pass from Andrew Ebbett and pounding it past Nabokov. Perry evened it with a fast-break goal on a pass from Scott Niedermayer after a sustained attack by San Jose, sending the Shark Tank into fearful silence.
"I told them we haven't played well enough," said Carlyle on what he told his players during the second intermission. "I told them you've got to believe. Get one, we'll get two and we'll be in this thing, and we did."
Although Sharks head coach Todd McLellan had hinted at a shakeup, San Jose opened Game 5 with Thornton, Marleau and Setoguchi, reuniting the three players who comprised their top line for most of the season. The trio had been mostly broken up for the past few weeks, but the changes hadn't been a visible benefit to anybody.
Thornton and Marleau - who has 10 game-winning goals in the playoffs - teamed up for a goal on a power play just 7 1/2 minutes in. Marleau rattled a shot off Hiller's mask, and Thornton tucked home the rebound for his first goal in 11 playoff games since the Sharks' first-round series clincher against Calgary last season.
San Jose outshot the Ducks 17-7 in overtime, and Setoguchi capitalized when he circled out from behind the net and slipped the puck through the sliver of space between Hiller's outstretched pad and the ice. Thornton and Setoguchi also assisted on Marleau's game-winner in overtime.
The Ducks now shift their focus to Game 6 on Monday night in Anaheim, where they will once again look to close out the Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup.
"They played very well," Chris Pronger said. "We battled hard in the third, and obviously Jonas played unbelievable and kept us in the game. We had a couple of chances in overtime and couldn't put it in, and they did.
"It's going to take how we played in the third period to win on Monday. We have to come out with that same passion and that same determination."
Notes: Ducks RW Bobby Ryan, who had four goals in the first four games, left the ice with 12:59 left in regulation. Anaheim didn't immediately announce whether the rookie star was injured, but he returned to the bench with 2:21 left. ... Neither team made any changes from their Game 4 lineups in Anaheim.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
|PPG - Joe Thornton (1) ASST: Patrick Marleau (1), Rob Blake (2)|
1 - 0 SJS
|Devin Setoguchi (1) ASST: Jonathan Cheechoo (1), Joe Thornton (3)|
2 - 0 SJS
|Ryan Carter (1) ASST: Andrew Ebbett (1), Scott Niedermayer (2)|
2 - 1 SJS
|Corey Perry (2) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (3), Ryan Getzlaf (5)|
2 - 2 Tie
|1st OT Period|
|Patrick Marleau (2) ASST: Joe Thornton (4), Devin Setoguchi (2)|
3 - 2 SJS
|Corey Perry Cross checking against Joe Thornton|
|Ryan Getzlaf Hooking against Joe Thornton|
|Michael Grier Tripping against Teemu Selanne|
|Rob Blake Hooking against Todd Marchant|
|James Wisniewski Interference against Travis Moen|
|Marcel Goc Interference against Chris Pronger|
|1st OT Period|
|SA: 48||TOI: 66:02|
|Saves: 45||EV: 38 - 40|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 6|
|SV%: .938||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 25||TOI: 66:02|
|Saves: 23||EV: 19 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .920||SH: 0 - 0|