NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at San Jose
(Thursday, December 11th)
Final Score: San Jose 2, Anaheim 0
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Evgeni Nabokov stopped 31 shots for his 41st career shutout and San Jose continued its impressive home streak with a 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi scored, while Nabokov posted his first shutout of the season for the Sharks, who won an ugly contest and bounced back from a 3-2 home overtime loss against Edmonton on Saturday to win for the 10th time in 11 games and move to 23-3-2 this season. That includes a mark of 15-0-2 at home, and they are 23-0-3 in their last 26 home dates, going back to last season.
"We knew it was going to be physical hockey," said Nabokov. "We know they play every game on the edge so we just have to be ready and we talked about it and coming off the four days rest, I thought we were ready for the game and we were battling and it was a playoff-like atmosphere. It is always tough to play against them. It was a challenge for us. I thought we did a good job."
Jonas Hiller made 25 saves for the Ducks, who had a two-game win streak broken.
Marleau one-timed a shot from near the blue line that beat Hiller on his left side with three minutes left in the opening period.
Setoguchi netted his 14th of the season midway through the second. In the slot, Setoguchi got to a blocked shot and whipped a shot past the defender that surprised Hiller on his stick side.
Nabokov needed to make just four saves in the first period, but had 13 stops in the second and 14 more in what turned out to be a fight-filled final period.
The Sharks nearly scored with about five minutes left in the third. San Jose forward Milan Michalek leveled Chris Pronger against the left boards, and then slammed his stick into the face of Corey Perry. That led to fisticuffs.
Then, with 20.4 seconds remaining, Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Nabokov, and a scrum ensued at the net. San Jose's Rob Blake was penalized for spearing, and Michalek was given a 10- minute misconduct, while Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer was also given a misconduct, and Perry was penalized for cross-checking.
"It's an intense game, both teams are competing hard and I think that's to be expected a little bit," said Niedermayer.
The Sharks played their fourth game of a five-game home stand....The Sharks have been dominant since Feb. 21, 2008. Since that time, they have a regular season record of 41-5-4...The Ducks were 0-for-5 on the power play, while San Jose was 0-for-4...Anaheim hosts Minnesota on Sunday, while the Sharks are at home against St. Louis Saturday...The Ducks penalty kill has been on fire. They have killed 39 of 42 man advantage opportunities dating back to November 21st...This is the first time this season the Ducks have been blanked...Sharks center Jeremy Roenick was checked into the boards behind the net by Brett Festerling in the first period and separated his shoulder, but said after the game it was popped back in placed.
12/12 02:28:40 ET