Series (Game 1 of 5)

Anaheim leads 3-2

Game 1: Sunday, November 3rd
Game 2: Thursday, December 26th
Game 3: Thursday, January 30th
Game 4: Thursday, March 13th
Game 5: Saturday, March 22nd

Sharks 4

(4-6-1, 9 pts)

Ducks 3

(3-6-0, 9 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 3, 2002

Honda Center, Anaheim, California

1 2 3 T
SJ 1 2 14
ANA 1 1 13

M. Ricci (Sharks - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

S. Chistov (Ducks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

O. Nolan (Sharks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Ricci helps Sharks end three-game losing skid

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Ricci's quick stick helped the San Jose Sharks snap their three-game losing streak.

Mike Ricci

Ricci broke open a tie game by tipping shots by defensemen Mike Rathje and Bryan Marchment past Jean-Sebastien Giguere -- both on power plays -- as the Sharks beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-3 Sunday night.

"I don't know how many goals he's scored in his career, but I think about 70 percent of those goals he's scored like that,'' Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov said. "That's his bread and butter. That's the way you've got to score goals.''

Owen Nolan had a shorthanded goal, and Teemu Selanne also scored for San Jose. The victory was the first this season for Nabokov, who made 16 saves in his fourth start since ending a five-game holdout.

The Ducks honored their Walt Disney Co. stablemates, the World Series champion Anaheim Angels, in a pregame ceremony. The championship trophy was on display in the arena, but it didn't provide enough inspiration to the home team despite goals by Petr Sykora, Steve Rucchin and rookie Stanislav Chistov.

Ricci gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead at 17:09 of the second, redirecting Rathje's wrist shot from the top of the left circle. Ricci scored an identical goal with 5:19 left in the third for his fifth of the season while Niklas Havelid was off for hooking.

"That's what our power play is all about -- working out front and getting your stick on it any way you can,'' Ricci said.

In between those two goals, the Ducks had a potential game-tying goal disallowed with 9:53 left after the video goal judge ruled that Sykora redirected Ruslan Salei's wrist shot with a high stick.

Referee Mike Hasenfratz waved it off immediately, but it took several minutes for that decision to be upheld in the booth.

"He said there wasn't conclusive evidence that it was a goal, so he had to stay with his call,'' Anaheim captain Paul Kariya said. "But there was no question about that goal. It should have been 3-3.''

Nolan gave San Jose a 2-1 lead at 7:14 of the second after the Sharks were penalized for having too many men on the ice. He beat Giguere from the edge of the crease after skating around Fredrik Olausson, a healthy scratch the previous two games.

Anaheim tied it just 15 seconds later on Sykora's 20-foot wrist shot from the slot with 46 seconds still left on the power play. He was set up by Kariya, who earned his 600th NHL point with the assist.

With a crowd of 15,157 clapping ThunderStix that were all over Edison Field during the playoffs and World Series, the Ducks scored just 19 seconds after the opening faceoff. Chistov carried the puck down the left side, sped around Marchment and stuffed the puck under Nabokov for his third goal.

San Jose tied it at 13:17 of the first when Selanne converted a centering pass from Patrick Marleau, who took the puck away from Keith Carney behind the net.

It was Selanne's seventh goal of the season, and his fifth in eight games against the Ducks since the March 5, 2001, trade that sent him to San Jose for forward Jeff Friesen and goalie Steve Shields.

The Ducks have nothing left to show for that trade, except a second-round draft pick next June. Shields was traded to Boston on June 25 for a third-round draft pick in 2003, and Friesen was dealt to New Jersey for Sykora in a seven-player deal on July 6.

Selanne has 43 goals and 32 assists in 105 games with the Sharks. Friesen had 19 goals and 36 assists in 96 games with Anaheim, and Shields was 9-20-2 with a 2.67 goals-against average in 33 games with the Ducks.

Since the trade, Anaheim is 38-57-14 and San Jose is 54-46-10 with a division title. The Sharks are 9-2-0 in the last 11 meetings.

Rucchin's fourth goal of the season completed the scoring with 4:53 to play.

Game notes

The Angels were represented by Kevin Uhlich, the team's vice president of sales, marketing and operations; and GM Bill Stoneman, who handled the ceremonial opening faceoff. ... Anaheim's Matt Cullen, who scored in each of his previous three games, hit the right post with a 15-foot wrist shot in the second period.

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