ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) John Gibson made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season, and the Anaheim Ducks ended the San Jose Sharks’ seven-game road winning streak with a 1-0 victory on Friday night.
Mike Santorelli‘s fourth goal early in the third period was enough for Gibson, who handed the Sharks their third shutout loss this season and second against Anaheim. The last time the teams met, Anton Khudobin made 31 saves in a 1-0 win on Nov. 7 at San Jose.
Gibson made his fifth straight start with Frederik Andersen sidelined by the flu.
Santorelli beat Martin Jones high to the glove side with a 25-foot wrist shot from the right circle after Nate Thompson worked the puck away from Sharks captain Joe Pavelski behind the net. Thompson was playing in his second game after missing the previous 25 while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Jones made 25 saves. He got a break when a screened 35-foot wrist shot from the slot by Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen hit the right post during a power play at 4:11 of the first period.
The Ducks had another great scoring chance about 13 minutes later, but Jones robbed Thompson at the doorstep after Santorelli found him all alone with a cross-ice pass from the right circle.
The Ducks were 0 for 4 on the power play, and are just 3 for 52 against the Sharks’ penalty-killing unit in 18 meetings since the start of the 2012-13 season. The three goals were by Nick Bonino, Mathieu Perreault and Matt Beleskey – none of whom are still with the club.
Patrick Marleau‘s goal-scoring streak ended at four games. The 18-year veteran has had six streaks of five or more games, including a five-game stretch during the 2006 playoffs. His career high is six games, in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Forward Micheal Haley, playing his 44th NHL game in a span of six seasons with the Sharks, Rangers and Islanders, was recalled from a brief stint in the minors and got into a fight with Chris Stewart at 9:40 of the first period. In the previous meeting between the teams, Haley brawled with Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner.
NOTES: Gibson made 25 saves in a 4-0 home win against Vancouver last Monday. … There are still 16 games left on the 41-game suspension for San Jose LW Raffi Torres after his hit on Ducks RW Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game on Oct. 3. Torres is eligible to return to the lineup Jan. 14. … San Jose’s Brent Burns leads all NHL defensemen with 112 shots on net. … San Jose was 0 for 4 on the power play. The Ducks came in with the league’s best percentage on the penalty kill (87.0), allowing 12 goals in 92 short-handed situations.