NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at San Jose
(Monday, February 26th)
Final Score: Anaheim 3, San Jose 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne scored the game-winning goal to give the Anaheim Ducks an important 3-2 win in a Pacific Division battle against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion.
Dustin Penner scored twice while Ryan Getzlaf added two assists for the Ducks, who have won their last two games.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 40 shots in the win for Anaheim, which is in second place in the Western Conference with 84 points and holds a seven-point lead over San Jose and Dallas for first place in the Pacific Division.
"We know the race is tightened up and we knew we'd have to win our share of games to continue to have the status we have," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "We think with this group, if we continue to work hard and continue with the structure we've created even though we've lost a bunch of games, we've outchanced and outshot teams and we've been snake bit. We feel that will turn around if we continue to push the envelope as far as our work ethic."
Milan Michalek scored two goals and Joe Thornton had two assists for the Sharks, who have dropped their past two games. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 16 shots in the loss.
"Their goalie stood up big and made a ton of saves and obviously a little bit of luck too, hit the post and things but he played great," said Sharks coach Ron Wilson.
With the score tied at 2-2, Anaheim grabbed the advantage when Chris Kunitz snapped a pass from the low right circle to the slot where Selanne tapped in a one-timer for a 3-2 lead with 11:41 to play.
Bryzgalov stood tall in the final frame as he made 18 saves and got some help from the posts to preserve the win.
The Ducks scored twice in the opening period to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
Halfway through the first, a slap shot at the right point by Ric Jackman was tipped into the net by Penner for a 1-0 lead.
Penner gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead with 3:17 left in the frame when his backhander from the low slot went between the pads of Nabokov for his 21st goal of the season.
Bryzgalov stopped all 10 shots he faced in the first period.
San Jose, however, scored twice in the second period to tie the game.
On the power play, Thornton won a faceoff and got the puck back to Matthew Carle, who blasted a shot on net that was saved, but Michalek was on the doorstep to bang in the rebound 6:54 in.
Michalek scored his second goal of the game when he snapped in a rebound off of a Thornton shot to tie the contest with 2:49 left in the second.
Nabokov made eight saves in the second period to keep Anaheim off the board.
Anaheim next plays in Los Angeles on Thursday...The Sharks host Nashville on Wednesday...Anaheim has won four of six against San Jose this season...Selanne has 38 goals on the season...The Ducks were limited to just two shots in the final period...Anaheim was 0-for-1 on the power play while San Jose scored on one of its five power plays.
02/27 01:52:04 ET