NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Anaheim
(Saturday, October 3rd)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Anaheim 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - A 24-save performance by Evgeni Nabokov and a three-goal first period propelled the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1 win over Anaheim, spoiling the Ducks' season opener.
Last season, these Pacific Division foes clashed in the opening round of the playoffs. The Ducks entered the postseason as the eighth seed and, behind the sublime goaltending of Jonas Hiller, posted a startling six-game upset of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Sharks.
The Swiss netminder wasn't nearly as sharp on Saturday. He faced 37 shots and surrendered goals to Patrick Marleau, Devin Setoguchi, Joe Thornton and rookie Benn Ferriero.
Dany Heatley collected two assists for San Jose, which lost Thursday's season opener at Colorado.
"They played a simple, solid game and made us pay for the mistakes we made," said Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer.
Playing in just his second NHL game, Ferriero netted his first career goal via the backhand 7:30 into the contest. Marleau lit the lamp while Heatley served a tripping minor with 3:14 remaining and Thornton scored less than two minutes later.
"We started out slow against Colorado," Ferriero said. "It was huge for us to get that first goal. I think it helped build the momentum in our favor. We just responded after that."
A nifty give-and-go between Setoguchi and Heatley resulted in a power-play tally for the former first-round pick at the 4:32 mark of the middle stanza.
Ryan Whitney's power-play goal broke up Nabokov's shutout bid midway through the third period.
Nabokov earned his 250th career win. He is the 38th goalie in league history to reach that milestone...San Jose's Frazer McLaren made his NHL debut and recorded an assist...Jason Demers registered his first NHL point with an assist on the goal by Ferriero.
10/04 01:32:48 ET