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Ducks 4, Sharks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Ducks 4, Sharks 1
San Jose Sharks 1, Anaheim Ducks 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Right when the opening puck dropped, Ryan Getzlaf and Joe Thornton dropped gloves. The star centers' simmering dislike erupted into a brawl dominated by Thornton, who pummeled Getzlaf with at least two flush blows to the face.

Getzlaf took it and smiled, knowing he still could win the only important fight.

And that's exactly what happened in the waning minutes of Game 6. Getzlaf scored the knockout goal as the eighth-seeded Anaheim Ducks ousted the not-so-mighty San Jose Sharks from the postseason with a 4-1 victory Monday night.

Teemu Selanne and Francois Beauchemin put Anaheim ahead with their first playoff goals on fortunate deflections 83 seconds apart in the second period, and the Ducks coolly finished off the Presidents' Trophy winners in an upset that could resonate for years in this juicy in-state rivalry.

"I think if you ask anyone, we're not an eight seed," defenseman Ryan Whitney said. "Everyone in here knows that, and I think now everyone in hockey pretty much sees it, too."

Jonas Hiller made 36 saves to finish his phenomenal playoff series debut for the Ducks, who won a fight-filled clincher to complete a remarkable playoff upset two years after winning the franchise's only Stanley Cup.

The clubs' final meeting was a slugfest with 60 total penalty minutes and a long series of brawls between Anaheim's goals and Hiller's saves. It all started with the stunning fight between Getzlaf and Thornton, who traded shoves and harsh words two days earlier in San Jose.

"Joe kind of came in and said, 'Do you want to go tonight?"' Getzlaf said. "I had every intention of asking him, so it was a situation that carried over from last game. We kind of knew what we were doing. ... (In Game 5) I didn't want give them any spark. Tonight, I felt, was the opportunity to redeem myself."

Corey Perry also scored as Anaheim advanced to face second-seeded Detroit, which swept Columbus out of the first round. The defending Stanley Cup champions are favorites to defend their title - but few gave the Ducks much chance against the Sharks, either.

With a dynamic offensive effort that negated all the Sharks' physical bluster, Anaheim became the third team to beat the NHL's top regular-season club in the first round since 2000, and just the fifth since 1968. The Ducks are the eighth No. 8 seed to win a playoff series since 1994, largely dominating the league's first all-California postseason series in 40 years.

Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves and Milan Michalek scored the game's first goal for the Sharks, who completed the biggest playoff collapse in a franchise history full of them. San Jose led the NHL with franchise records for points (117) and wins (53) during the regular season, but the club has been past the second round of the postseason just once, in 2004.

The Ducks were outshot in every game, but Hiller, the Swiss goalie, allowed just 10 goals and posted two shutouts.

"Did we get what we deserved? We could have played better, obviously, in some games," said Sharks rookie coach Todd McLellan, an assistant in Detroit last year. "It took us a while once our character was challenged, and we responded. The lesson has to be learned that we can't give games away."

San Jose has won four Pacific Division titles in the past seven seasons, but has never made it beyond the 2004 Western Conference finals.

Selanne broke a tie during a power play, slipping the puck in front of the net where it apparently glanced off Christian Ehrhoff's stick. A few moments later, Beauchemin launched a shot from the blue line that appeared to ricochet off Dan Boyle's stick and past Nabokov.

"To a man, they were better," Boyle said in the Sharks' somnolent dressing room. "Their goalie was better than ours. Their defense was better, and their forwards were better. We had a great regular season and a disappointing playoff, and for that, you have to give them credit."

The loss might be the final game in the 20-year career of Jeremy Roenick, who postponed retirement to make two more runs at his first Stanley Cup. Rob Blake, the 39-year-old defenseman, also could be gone, as could 43-year-old Claude Lemieux, who made a comeback after a 5 1/2-year NHL absence, but played just once against Anaheim.

Notes: Anaheim improved to 9-0 in franchise history when playing at home with a chance to close out a postseason series. ... Two scraps near the second intermission briefly put four Sharks and three Ducks in the penalty boxes. ... San Jose dropped to 2-13 in the sixth games of playoff series.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:19
SJS
PPG - Milan Michalek (1) ASST: Rob Blake (3), Dan Boyle (2)
1 - 0 SJS
12:33
ANA
PPG - Corey Perry (3) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (6), Chris Pronger (2)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
13:03
ANA
PPG - Teemu Selanne (1) ASST: Chris Pronger (3), Scott Niedermayer (4)
2 - 1 ANA
14:26
ANA
Francois Beauchemin (1) ASST: Ryan Carter (1), Mike Brown (2)
3 - 1 ANA
3rd Period
17:06
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf (2) ASST: Rob Niedermayer (3), Drew Miller (1)
4 - 1 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
00:02
SJS
Joe Thornton  Fighting against  Ryan Getzlaf
00:02
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Fighting against  Joe Thornton
01:11
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Tripping against  Jeremy Roenick
06:25
ANA
Corey Perry  Elbowing against  Jonathan Cheechoo
09:35
ANA
James Wisniewski  Slashing against  Marcel Goc
10:34
SJS
Douglas Murray  Roughing against  Sheldon Brookbank
10:34
SJS
Travis Moen  Roughing against  George Parros
10:34
ANA
Mike Brown  Roughing against  Dan Boyle
10:34
SJS
Dan Boyle  Roughing against  Mike Brown
10:34
ANA
George Parros  Roughing against  Travis Moen
10:56
ANA
Teemu Selanne  Hooking against  Rob Blake
12:19
SJS
Patrick Marleau  Hooking against  James Wisniewski
2nd Period
10:16
ANA
Francois Beauchemin  Interference against  Torrey Mitchell
12:54
SJS
Torrey Mitchell  Hooking against  Andrew Ebbett
20:00
SJS
Joe Pavelski  Fighting against  Ryan Whitney
20:00
SJS
Dan Boyle  Roughing against  Corey Perry
20:00
SJS
Dan Boyle  Boarding against  Corey Perry
20:00
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Roughing against  Dan Boyle
20:00
ANA
Ryan Whitney  Fighting against  Joe Pavelski
3rd Period
03:47
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Roughing against  Milan Michalek
03:47
SJS
Milan Michalek  Roughing against  Rob Niedermayer
03:47
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Roughing against  James Wisniewski
03:47
ANA
James Wisniewski  Roughing against  Ryane Clowe
19:58
SJS
Christian Ehrhoff  Tripping against  Todd Marchant
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 32TOI: 58:17
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller
4-2-0
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .973SH: 0 - 0