NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at San Jose|
(Wednesday, March 27th)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Anaheim 0
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Antti Niemi stopped all 22 shots he faced,
while Tommy Wingels added a career-high three points on a goal and two
assists, as San Jose downed Anaheim, 4-0, to sweep a home-and-home series from
Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Brent Burns scored early in the first period
for the Sharks, who took a 5-3 decision in Anaheim on Monday and have won
three of their last four.
"We were crisp," said San Jose captain Joe Thornton. "We know we got to win
some games to get to postseason. Every game is going to be so important. We
looked sharp early on. It paid off for us."
Jonas Hiller made 25 saves in defeat for the Ducks, who extended their season-
long losing skid to four games.
San Jose punctured Hiller on three occasions before the first 10 minutes of
Pavelski began the surge with a goal only 60 seconds in on a wraparound at the
left post, Marleau doubled the advantage at 4:52 when he one-timed a Logan
Couture pass home from the left circle, and Burns lit the lamp on the power
play at 9:20 with a blast from the left wing.
"You can't get behind 2-0, 3-0, in the first period consistently and expect to
win," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It catches up to you."
The Sharks did not commit a penalty in a scoreless second period, helping
Niemi -- who needed to make only seven saves -- maintain that cushion.
After failing on an earlier wraparound attempt and a partial breakaway,
Wingels' persistence finally paid off with a shot inside the near post from
the right circle with 6:44 gone in the third period.
That strike came when Sharks defenseman Jason Demers was in the penalty box
for delay of game.
Niemi finished off his clean sheet with five more stops in the final stanza.
Niemi collected his second shutout this season and his 21st career whitewash,
13 of which have come as the San Jose netminder ... The Sharks continue their
seven-game homestand on Thursday by welcoming Detroit ... San Jose won three
of five meetings in the season series, including both on home ice.
03/28 02:05:34 ET