This was the fifth meeting between these to teams, as the Sharks (72-1-0) had won all four previous meetings against the Mighty Ducks (29-37-8). Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) and J.S. Giguere (ANA) were the starting goaltenders and the matchup took place at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim.
Lynn Loyns (SJ) opened the scoring early, followed by Rob Davison (SJ) on the powerplay to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead, which they took into the 2nd period.
The 2nd period was another dominant one for the Sharks, with goals scored by Teemu Selanne (SH), Patrick Marleau (PP), Lynn Loyns, Vincent and Alexander Korolyuk before Brian Sutherby (ANA) scored on a rebound to begin Anaheim's comeback attempt against a 6-1 lead for San Jose, but Scott Thornton (SJ) quickly answered on a one-time shot to extend the Sharks' lead to 7-1 going into the 3rd period.
The 3rd period saw Sergei Berezin (ANA) score on a one-time shot set up by Sergei Federov, but his goal was answered immediately on the ensuing faceoff by a one-timer from Adam Graves (SJ) to give the Sharks an 8-2 lead and eventual win. The Sharks outshot the Mighty Ducks 35-24 in the contest, and following players were selected as the three stars of the game:
3) Patrick Marleau (SJ) registered one goal, two assists and +1
2) Teemu Selanne (SJ) registered one goal, one assist and +3
1) Lynn Loyns (SJ) registered two goals, one assist and +2
San Jose Sharks 8
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2
For their next game, the Sharks will travel back to San Jose to play against the Edmonton Oilers for the fourth time this season. The Sharks are 3-0-0 against the Oilers this season, and the game will be broadcast on Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time.