|ANA||1||2||2||(0 - 0)||5|
|SJS||0||0||2||(0 - 0)||2|
|Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, left, stops a shot attempt from San Jose Sharks right wing Mike Grier, right, in the second period (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)|
|San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) is defended by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sean O'Donnell (21) in the second period (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)|
FROM THE AP WIRE
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -Chris Pronger had a goal and an assist, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves in the Anaheim Ducks' second win in San Jose in five days, 5-2 over the slumping Sharks on Saturday night.
Todd Bertuzzi, Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz also scored for the Ducks, who won their third straight with two strong opening periods against one of their most competitive rivals.
Sean O'Donnell added an empty-net goal to seal another win for Anaheim, which has taken at least a point from the Sharks in the California rivals' last eight meetings, including Tuesday's 2-0 win. The latest victory pulled the defending Stanley Cup champions even with San Jose for second place in the Pacific Division standings.
Patrick Marleau scored and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 19 shots for the Sharks, who lost their fourth straight home game over the last eight days - all to division rivals. Marcel Goc also scored for the Sharks, who will limp away next week for a four-game stint on the road, where they have the NHL's best record at 12-3-2.
Two nights after the Sharks gave up a short-handed goal to Phoenix in the final minute of regulation in a shootout loss, San Jose still appeared to be down, skating with little passion or purpose in the first two periods. Marleau's goal was the Sharks' first in their last seven periods against Anaheim.
|San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, of Kazakhstan, stops a shot on goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the third period (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)|
Nabokov stopped Bertuzzi's penalty shot in the first period, but the Ducks scored first when Pronger rang a shot off the post. The goal momentarily silenced the San Jose fans who have booed Pronger whenever he touches the puck since his days with St. Louis.
Perry, who scored the go-ahead goal in Anaheim's previous win in San Jose, put the Ducks up 2-0 on a power play midway through the second period. Defenseman Craig Rivet blocked Perry's first shot with his stick, but Perry gracefully grabbed it and scored his 19th goal.
Just 61 seconds later, Kunitz capitalized on the Sharks' bumbling defensive play to tap home his 12th goal.
Marleau ended Giguere's bid for his second shutout of the Sharks in five days when he tipped home a power-play goal early in the third period - but San Jose gave up a breakaway moments later, and Bertuzzi backhanded home his fifth goal in 24 games.
Goc added his first goal of the season with 8 1/2 minutes left.
Notes: Giguere has won six of his last seven starts against San Jose. ... The Sharks scratched D Doug Murray, whose mistakes contributed to both of Anaheim's goals in the clubs' previous meeting. ... The rivals meet for the sixth time this season Jan. 13 in Anaheim. ... Joe Thornton has just one assist in the Sharks' last four games, his least productive stretch of the season.
|Chris Pronger Slapshot - ASST: Samuel Pahlsson|
1 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Corey Perry Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf , Chris Pronger|
2 - 0 ANA
|Chris Kunitz Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Niedermayer|
3 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Patrick Marleau Tip-in - ASST: Milan Michalek , Christian Ehrhoff|
3 - 1 ANA
|Todd Bertuzzi Backhand shot - ASST: Kent Huskins|
4 - 1 ANA
|Marcel Goc Wrap-around - ASST: Michael Grier , Marc-Edouard Vlasic|
4 - 2 ANA
|EN - Sean O'Donnell Slapshot - ASST: NONE|
5 - 2 ANA
|Corey Perry Roughing against Christian Ehrhoff|
|Corey Perry Interference against Michael Grier|
|Torrey Mitchell Interference against Corey Perry|
|Samuel Pahlsson Tripping against Patrick Marleau|
|Joe Thornton Slashing against Samuel Pahlsson|
|Samuel Pahlsson Cross checking against Joe Thornton|
|Sandis Ozolinsh Hooking against Rob Niedermayer|
|Ryan Carter Tripping against Patrick Rissmiller|
|Matt Carle Slashing against Rob Niedermayer|
|Ryan Getzlaf Roughing against Joe Thornton|
|Joe Thornton Roughing against Ryan Getzlaf|
|Corey Perry Holding against Patrick Rissmiller|
|Milan Michalek Roughing against Francois Beauchemin|
|Francois Beauchemin Roughing against Milan Michalek|
|Joe Thornton Elbowing against Samuel Pahlsson|
|SA: 29||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 27||EV: 24 - 25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 3|
|SV%: .931||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 23||TOI: 59:50|
|Saves: 19||EV: 17 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 3|
|SV%: .826||SH: 0 - 0|