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Two goals all Sharks need to win

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks haven't been scoring
much lately. Then again, they haven't needed much offense to earn
points in the standings.

Jonathan Cheechoo scored with 5:54 remaining and the Sharks
stretched their home unbeaten streak to nine games with a 2-1
victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Monday night.

Marco Sturm, playing in his 500th NHL game, also scored for the
Sharks, who have two goals in each of their last nine games.

"Our main goal is not to score the most goals in the league but
to make it to the playoffs," Cheechoo said. "Scoring two goals
every time out is not a concern because we have been getting points
most of the time."

The Sharks are 4-3-2 over their last nine games and are within
two points of Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles with a
home-and-home series looming against the Kings on Friday and
Saturday.

Stanislav Chistov, a healthy scratch the previous two games,
scored for the Mighty Ducks. Anaheim lost its fifth straight on the
road and is winless in 12 consecutive road games.

"We're not giving up many goals but we're not scoring any
either," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "It's not like we don't
get our opportunities. The reality is that neither team could get
any shots in the first two periods. They got the big goal at the
end."

San Jose beat the Mighty Ducks in Anaheim on Sunday night, 2-1.
The teams faced each other for the fourth time in 13 days and the
fifth time this season. They don't play again until March 19 in
Anaheim.

"The games get a little feistier, and it creates more of a
rivalry," Cheechoo said. "After four games you really get to know
each other."

The Mighty Ducks, who took a season-low two shots on goal in the
first period, got on the scoreboard first early in the second
period during a power play. Jason Krug had the puck along the lower
left boards and passed to Andy McDonald in the lower left circle.

McDonald skated the puck to the left of the net, and when Sharks
goalie Evgeni Nabokov challenged him, McDonald slipped a pass into
the crease. Chistov then wristed the puck straight up into the net
with 17:31 left in the period.

"We're not a very good team right now," Ducks forward Steve
Rucchin said. "We're in a funk, and we're having a hard time
getting out of it, and it's affecting a lot of guys in the locker
room."

Nabokov finished with 24 saves, the same amount he had against
the Mighty Ducks on Sunday night.

With 3:56 left in the second period, Sturm, parked just right of
the net, redirected a slap shot from Kyle McLaren which was headed
for the right side of the net. Alyn McCauley took control of the
puck behind the net and wristed a pass to McLaren just inside the
blue line.

"For a young team there's a lot of character in this room,"
McCauley said. "We've shown a lot of resiliency on our club from
the start. We just kept plugging."

Since a 1-5-4 start, the Sharks have gone 11-4-6.

Patrick Marleau set up Cheechoo's goal when he skated past a
pair of defenders and fed Cheechoo just outside the crease on the
left side. Cheechoo flipped the puck past Anaheim goaltender Martin
Gerber's left shoulder.

Game notes
Sharks D Scott Hannan played in his 300th NHL game.
Cheechoo played in his 100th. ... Anaheim RW Petr Sykora has 13
points in his last 11 games against the Sharks. ... San Jose has
scored two or fewer goals in its last 12 games (6-4-2), the longest
such streak in team history. ... Gerber stopped 15 of 16 shots in
the third period.