NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Anaheim
(Sunday, April 5th)
Final Score: San Jose 3, Anaheim 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jonathan Cheechoo netted the game-winner late in the third period and added an assist, as the San Jose Sharks edged the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2, in the finale of a home-and-home set at Honda Center.
Jeremy Roenick and Joe Pavelski also scored for San Jose, which lost at home to its Pacific Division rivals on Saturday to snap a three-game win streak. With a franchise-record 115 points, the West-leading Sharks are three points ahead of Boston in the race for the Presidents' Trophy, which is awarded annually to the team that posts the best record during the regular season.
Brian Boucher, making his first start since March 12, stopped 19-of-21 shots in the win.
"First of all, I don't know that it was all about the two points," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. "I was more pleased about the fact that we responded after last night. Had we somehow not got the win, the response was what we needed. I thought the leaders did a good job of preparing the team. We were a lot more committed, we were a lot faster tonight - a lot sharper. The two points are the reward for that. I'm quite happy with the effort."
Petteri Nokelainen and Corey Perry lit the lamp for the Ducks, who lost for just the second time in their last 11 games. Jonas Hiller allowed three goals on 26 shots to halt a personal seven-game win streak.
Anaheim is seventh in the Western Conference with 88 points and is just two points ahead of Nashville and St. Louis, which are tied for the eighth and final postseason berth.
While on the power play, Cheechoo was stationed at the top of the crease and redirected Christian Ehrhoff's blast from the point past Hiller with 6:41 to go in the third period.
"We had many chances at the end there to put the puck away," said Anaheim forward Ryan Getzlaf. "We played a good hockey team tonight. There is no doubt about it. There were a few chances that were missed and a few penalties taken in different situations that we shouldn't have."
The Ducks held a 1-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes on the strength of a short-handed goal by Nokelainen. While Andrew Ebbett served a holding-the- stick infraction, Nokelainen stripped a San Jose player of the puck, skated uncontested towards the Sharks netminder and squeezed a shot through the five- hole of Boucher at 5:38.
Roenick tied it at 2:43 of the middle stanza with a one-timer from the slot off a feed from Joe Thornton. Anaheim, though, regained the lead on the power play, as Perry drilled a bouncing puck from the right circle behind Boucher with 8:29 to play in the second period.
It was all even going into the third period after Pavelski scored on the power play with 4:44 remaining.
Dan Boyle and Ehrhoff both registered two assists for San Jose...Hiller's win streak matched a club record set by Guy Hebert during the lockout-shortened 1995 season...The Sharks won four of the six meetings with Anaheim this season.
04/05 23:41:41 ET