|ANA||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|SJS||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - For probably the first time since Joe Thornton joined the Sharks, their opponent's goalie got bored.
And when San Jose finally woke up, Anaheim rookie Ilya Bryzgalov wasn't about to squander a chance for his first NHL shutout.
Bryzgalov made 24 saves, while Andy McDonald and Joffrey Lupul scored in the Mighty Ducks' 2-0 victory Thursday night, preventing the surging Sharks from passing them in the Pacific Division standings.
The Sharks had won eight of their last 10, but their worst offensive game since Thornton's arrival led to their first shutout loss of the season. Bryzgalov, who's been strong in limited play during his first full NHL season, had to stop just 10 shots in the first two periods.
"It's not much fun when you stay two periods in the net and don't get that many shots," Bryzgalov said. "In the third period, I actually felt a lot better. It's a great feeling to finally get a shutout."
Bryzgalov was at his best in the third, holding San Jose scoreless during a lengthy 5-on-3 power play. He also stopped rookie Milan Michalek on a breakaway, and the Sharks couldn't score after pulling goalie Evgeni Nabokov in the final 2 minutes.
Bryzgalov got the start in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who blew his top during Anaheim's 6-3 loss to Edmonton on Wednesday night. Giguere twice went after Ryan Smyth after the left wing apparently obstructed him, landing punches to Smyth's head and earning a misconduct penalty.
Former Sharks forward Teemu Selanne had two assists for the Ducks, who responded from their erratic, embarrassing loss with more poise and hard work than even their coach expected.
"To go from one end of the spectrum to the other, there's a lot of positives from that," coach Randy Carlyle said. "Bryz hasn't played in a while, and that's as good a game as he's played for us all year."
Nabokov stopped 30 shots in a similarly strong performance for the Sharks, who had scored at least two goals in 21 of their first 23 games since Thornton's arrival Dec. 1 in a trade with Boston. Thornton had trouble generating his usual offensive heat for the Sharks, and Jonathan Cheechoo's point-scoring streak ended at a franchise-record 12 games.
"That comes out of nowhere," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "That was just a collective dud, with the exception of Nabby. He was on top of his game, and we just wasted it. ... It looked like we were hoping Anaheim was tired from competing last night. We weren't involved physically at all. It looked like we wanted an easy game."
Anaheim defenseman Ruslan Salei left the game with a nasty cut over his left eye late in the first period. Josh Langfeld's stick appeared to clip Salei accidentally, but Carlyle said the injury actually was caused by a deflected shot.
Salei went to a local hospital for evaluation, but the Ducks' defense remained sturdy in the scoreless first 37 minutes.
The Ducks finally scored on their 23rd shot late in the second period when McDonald deftly redirected a straight-ahead pass from Keith Carney. McDonald, Anaheim's second-leading scorer, ended a six-game goal drought with his 15th of the season.
The Sharks were lightly booed while leaving the ice after managing just three shots in the second period.
Lupul stretched Anaheim's lead on a power play early in the third period, converting a pass from Selanne for his 17th goal after San Jose's penalty-killers somehow gave up a 2-on-1 fast break while the puck was in their own zone.
Anaheim then committed two quick penalties, giving San Jose a two-man advantage for the next 1:47. But Thornton, Cheechoo and captain Patrick Marleau couldn't score on repeated chances, and the booing increased.
"The second one was big," Lupul said. "The power play hadn't been clicking too good. It showed a lot from our team, because no doubt about it, we lost our composure in the third period (Wednesday). Today, we came out like nothing had happened."
Notes: Anaheim LW Travis Moen missed the game with a strained shoulder. ... Rookie C Dustin Penner, recalled from Anaheim's AHL affiliate before the game, played a regular shift. He had two goals and two assists during an earlier stint. ... Cheechoo had 10 goals and nine assists during his streak. He had a hat trick Dec. 20 in the Ducks' last visit to San Jose.
|Andy McDonald (15) ASST: Keith Carney (12), Teemu Selanne (22)|
1 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Joffrey Lupul (17) ASST: Teemu Selanne (23), Francois Beauchemin (13)|
2 - 0 ANA
|Keith Carney Holding the stick against Milan Michalek|
|Ruslan Salei Hooking against Nisse Ekman|
|Kyle McLaren Interference against Andy McDonald|
|Dustin Penner Cross checking against Nisse Ekman|
|Jonathan Cheechoo Hi-sticking against Francois Beauchemin|
|Scott Hannan Roughing against Teemu Selanne|
|Teemu Selanne Roughing against Scott Hannan|
|Joe Thornton Hooking against Vitaly Vishnevski|
|Jonathan Cheechoo Tripping against Samuel Pahlsson|
|Kyle McLaren Hooking against Dustin Penner|
|Jonathan Hedstrom Tripping against Scott Hannan|
|Vitaly Vishnevski Interference against Nisse Ekman|
|Todd Marchant Interference against Grant Stevenson|
|SA: 24||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 24||EV: 13 - 13|
|PIM: 0||PP: 9 - 9|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 32||TOI: 57:55|
|Saves: 30||EV: 25 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .938||SH: 2 - 2|