NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at San Jose
(Thursday, December 17th)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Anaheim 1
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Joe Thornton scored twice to lift the Sharks out of their recent doldrums, sparking a 4-1 win over Anaheim to snap San Jose's longest losing streak of the season at five.
Thornton figured into all four goals for the Sharks with his four-point night giving him the NHL lead in points at 48.
Devin Setoguchi scored for the first time in 11 games and Patrick Marleau notched his 21st goal of the season -- good for third most in the league. Marleau added two assists and Setoguchi one.
Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves as San Jose also halted a four-game slide at home.
Ryan Getzlaf's eighth goal on the season represented the lone goal for Anaheim, which concluded a four-game road trip at 2-1-1. Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 33 saves in the setback.
The Sharks fired 18 shots at Giguere in the opening period to no avail but broke through for the game's first goal 9:15 into the second. Setoguchi chipped a loose puck toward the net from the left circle and both Marleau and Thornton took whack at it with the latter getting it to slip between the pads of Giguere.
Marleau then re-directed a Douglas Murray offering down to the ice while positioned in front of the crease to make it a 2-0 game with 4:35 to go in the second.
Bobby Ryan then dumped it off between the circles for Getzlaf, who skated in unchecked and waited Nabokov down to the ice before firing into an empty net only 34 seconds into the third.
The Sharks re-established a two-goal lead with 6:37 remaining. Joe Pavelski skated in from the left circle for a shot on net and Giguere left the rebound in front for Thornton, who scooped it into the cage with a backhanded swipe.
"I thought we bounced back real nice after that (Ducks goal), showed our confidence and ultimately scored that third and fourth goal," Thornton said. "Right now it's just important to get those two points, especially against a divisional team. We need to start beating some divisional teams."
Setoguchi got off the scoring schnide and closed out the Sharks win with a sharp wrister a little under three minutes later for his ninth on the year.
San Jose had mustered a total of only 10 goals over the course of its five- game slide...The Sharks have not dropped six in a row since a 10-game slide from November 5-30, 2005, a stretch that triggered the acquisition of Thornton from the Boston Bruins...San Jose's Torrey Mitchell was awarded a penalty shot in the first period but fired low into the closed pads of Giguere. Mitchell's last goal came on February 27, 2008...The Ducks have lost all three of their meetings with San Jose this season while the Sharks have won six of the last seven matchups overall...Thornton got his eighth and ninth goals of the season.
12/18 03:30:12 ET