NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Anaheim
(Tuesday, March 7th)
Final Score: Anaheim 5, San Jose 4 (OT)
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Sandis Ozolinsh scored 58 seconds into overtime to lift the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to a 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks at the Pond.
Andy McDonald scored two goals for Anaheim, which has won four of its last six games. Corey Perry and Joffrey Lupul also scored while Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 44 saves in the victory.
Joe Thornton, Jonathan Cheechoo and Christian Ehrhoff each registered a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who are winless (0-2-1) in their last three after a four-game winning streak. Steve Bernier also scored for San Jose.
Evgeni Nabokov allowed five goals on 27 shots in the losing effort.
Less than a minute into the extra session, Ozolinsh fired a one-timer from the top of the right circle. Nabokov made the save, but the puck squirted out to the low right slot. Sharks forward Patrick Marleau corralled the puck and was headed behind his own net for a rush the other way, but Ozolinsh slapped his stick onto Marleau's and the collision caused the puck to slide past a surprised Nabokov for the game-winner.
"I can't believe it went right in the net," Marleau said. "I don't know what to say. I thought I was going to pick it up and go behind the net. I went to make a move, and all of a sudden I hit it straight in."
The Mighty Ducks have now won three of the last four meetings.
"I don't know what happened," Ozolinsh said. "It was a lucky break for us, and we'll take it. It was an important game for us."
The Sharks entered the third period trailing by one, but quickly tied it up at the 2:43 mark. A slap shot from the top of the left circle hit traffic in front, and the rebound caromed over to the left half-wall, where Ehrhoff quickly sent a one-timer past Giguere for his third goal of the season.
Perry's power-play goal with 7:09 remaining in the third put the Ducks back on top. He stole the puck from San Jose's Tom Preissing along the right half- wall, skated into the low slot, and followed his backhander for a rebound goal and a 4-3 Anaheim lead.
Just 62 seconds later, though, the Sharks once again knotted the contest when Bernier's wrist shot from the lower left circle beat Giguere low to the far side.
Lupul's slap shot from the high right slot midway through the first period opened the scoring.
It took the visitors just 40 seconds into the second stanza to knot the contest at 1-1. An off-balanced slap shot from the left point by Ehrhoff was deflected home at the left post by Thornton.
At the 7:16 mark of the second, San Jose took a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal by Cheechoo. Giguere made a pad save on a shot from the point, and the rebound was stabbed at several times in front before Cheechoo finally poked it home near the left post.
However, two goals by McDonald in the final five minutes sent the Ducks into the second intermission with a 3-2 edge.
The Mighty Ducks were skating 5-on-3 after minor penalties to Marcel Goc and Marleau. While Anaheim worked the puck around the perimeter, San Jose defenseman Josh Gorges lost his stick. Scott Niedermayer held control in the high slot and fed to McDonald, who corralled the puck down low beneath the right circle and beat Nabokov through the five-hole at 15:35.
"This win was huge for us," said Niedermayer. "We've got to find a way to get the two points each night."
Less than two minutes later, McDonald struck again. Teemu Selanne sent a great outlet pass through the neutral zone to McDonald, who broke in all alone and fired home a wrist shot with 2:50 to play in the frame.
Niedermayer recorded his 400th NHL assist...The Mighty Ducks ended their five-game homestand with a 3-1-1 mark and are now 19-9-5 at home this season...San Jose fell to 11-16-4 on the road...Anaheim ended 2-for-4 on the power play, while San Jose scored once on six chances with the extra skater...Attendance was 15,488.
03/08 02:18:46 ET