Series (Game 2 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

Ducks 1

(15-11-3, 39 pts)

Sharks 4

(14-15-3, 34 pts)

10:30 PM ET, December 26, 2002

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
ANA 0 1 01
SJ 0 3 14

O. Nolan (Sharks - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

E. Nabokov (Sharks - G): Saves: 20, Save Pct.: .952

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

Ducks fall to 1-6-2 against Pacific Division

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Owen Nolan said he didn't do anything special.

 Owen Nolan

He just broke a six-game goal drought by scoring twice in less than nine minutes as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-1 on Thursday night.

Teemu Selanne scored for the sixth straight game, recording his 21st point in 19 career games against his former team.

Nolan's big game came a day after he and his wife Diana learned she is pregnant with the couple's first child.

"It's exciting but this is still my team and I've got to take care of business first," Nolan said. "The couple of opportunities I got, I buried. I didn't do anything special."

It was the second multi-goal game of the season for Nolan, and his first since Oct. 29, as the Sharks won their third straight home game.

"Owen was on top of his game tonight," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "I think it helped he had a couple of days off and then found out his wife was expecting a baby girl."

Matt Cullen scored for Anaheim, which had won six of its previous seven games. The Ducks have lost four of their last five road games.

"It wasn't one of our best efforts," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "We were a step slow and we didn't skate like we can."

Marco Sturm also scored for San Jose and Patrick Marleau added two assists. The Sharks are 8-1 against the Ducks since acquiring Selanne from Anaheim in March 2001.

"This is one of the best games we've played this year because everyone did his job and we stuck to it the whole way," Sturm said. "We can all see what can happen when we do things right."

Nolan scored his first goal when he got past Ducks defender Keith Carney, who fell along the left board at the blue line, then beat Anaheim goalkeeper Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the stick side with 17:44 left in the second period. Nolan held the puck across the crease, then knocked it into the net off Giguere's stick.

Nolan's second goal, with 9:02 left, was set up by a pass from Vincent Damphousse. Damphousse skated down the middle before passing to Nolan on the right side. Nolan squeezed the puck between the post and Giguere's right shoulder.

"It looked like he was skating pretty good," Carney said. "He had a few chances and put a lot of pucks to the net. He just fired that second one."

Cullen's goal with 1:48 left in the second period made it 2-1. He skated from behind the net, and around a crowd, to the front of the net and beat San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov to the glove side.

Sturm responded with a goal 23 seconds later to make it 3-1. Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salei lost the puck in front of the net and Sturm swooped in, gathered it up and fired the puck through Giguere's legs.

"I was impressed with the way we started the game," Wilson said. "Our guys were fired up and set the tone early."

Selanne added his 19th goal of the season with 2:40 remaining in the game.

Game notes
Nolan recorded the Sharks' 13th multi-goal game of the season, and his fifth multipoint game. ... Marleau has recorded a point in six consecutive games. ... Anaheim was 0-for-3 on power plays after scoring power-play goals in its last seven games. ... Salei's next game will be his 400th. ... Cullen is two points shy of 200. ... Sharks coach Ron Wilson was the first coach in Anaheim history. ... The Ducks fell to 1-6-2 against the Pacific Division.

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