Mighty Ducks 3, Sharks 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Teemu Selanne scored his 299th career goal and Anaheim’s power play remained the best in the NHL as the Mighty Ducks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Friday night.
The Mighty Ducks had two power play goals in four attempts as they scored with a man advantage for the fifth time in their last six game, increasing their league-leading scoring percentage to 21.8 with the extra man.
Anaheim won for the ninth time in its last 12 games and solidified its hold on fifth place in the Western Conference standings with 61 points.
San Jose’s winless streak stretched to six games (0-4-2).
Steve Rucchin scored on a power play with 8:25 left in the first period, but the Sharks tied the score with 14:08 remaining in the second on a goal by Alex Korolyuk.
Selanne scored the Ducks’ second power-play goal with 9:39 left in the period when he took a pass from left wing Paul Kariya at the corner of the Sharks’ net and beat goalie Mike Vernon on the stick side.
The turning point came with 7:46 left in the period when the Sharks had what would have been the tying goal disallowed.
Joe Murphy slipped the puck past Anaheim goaltender Guy Hebert. However, Sharks center Patrick Marleau was in the crease at the time and the apparent score was nullified by video goal judge Tom Wardell.
A little more than three minutes later, center Travis Green gave the Ducks a two-goal lead when he beat Vernon high on the stick side from 15 feet out.
Referee Dan Marouelli left the ice with 12:20 left in the first period with a cut above his left eye after he was accidentally cut by a stick. Patrick Marouelli received several stitches and returned to action nine minutes later.
San Jose lost Murray Craven midway through the second period when he aggravated a sore right leg that had caused him to miss 20 games from late December through early February.