Ducks prevail over Sharks
Pahlsson beat Toskala just 32 seconds later, using a screen by Moen to beat Toskala with a wrist shot that made it 2-0 at the 13:48 mark. Grier’s goal late in the first period made it close for a while, but Anaheim broke it open in a dominating second period. About the only positive for Sharks fans in the period came when Scott Parker landed a good shot during a fight with George Parros. A bad giveaway in the defensive zone by Matt Carle gave Rob Niedermayer the puck alone in front of the net and he converted to make it 4-1 at the 11:51 mark. Jonathan Cheechoo tried to get the Sharks back in the game, but Pahlsson cleared his wraparound attempt off the goal line and the Ducks came right back and got a goal from Dustin Penner to make it 5-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 02/06: Ducks vs Sharks SAN JOSE – Travis Moen’s second goal capped a four-goal second period, and the Ducks won the front half of a key home-and-home series with the San Jose Sharks 7-4 on Tuesday night. Rob Niedermayer had a goal and two assists and Chris Pronger also assisted on two goals for the Ducks, who had their full roster healthy for the first time since December. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere had a groin injury in Anaheim’s last trip to the Shark Tank on Dec. 26, which helped San Jose close a 12-point gap in the division. The Ducks won just twice in the 11 games Giguere missed, but have won three of four since his return. He had 34 saves against the Sharks, allowing a pair of third-period goals to Jonathan Cheechoo that helped make the final margin respectable for San Jose. Mike Grier and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks, who allowed the most goals they had all season at home. San Jose has won just once in its last five games. The Ducks got off to a fast start when Moen and Samuel Pahlsson teamed up midway through the first period to help Anaheim score twice in less than a minute. After Pahlsson won a faceoff in the defensive zone, Moen took the puck up ice and passed to himself off the boards to get past Marc-Edouard Vlasic and beat Vesa Toskala with a wrist shot. The Sharks hoped to sweep the two games to move into first place in the Pacific Division, but now need a win tonight in Anaheim just to remain within three points of the Ducks. There was a lot more distance between the teams in the first two periods as the Ducks scored two goals within 32 seconds in the opening period and used the four-goal barrage in the second to take a 6-1 lead.