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Ducks find strength in net against Sharks

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SAN JOSE – It isn't just about Jonas Hiller being a tower of strength in goal for the Ducks, and the San Jose Sharks witnessed that up close Monday night.

The Sharks, blanked by Hiller on Friday night in Anaheim, saw the other half of the Ducks' netminding tandem, and Dan Ellis was just as impressive as he made 41 saves in a 3-2 victory at HP Pavilion.

Teemu Selanne scored his first two goals of the season and Corey Perry got the eventual winner in the third period to give the Ducks (4-1) their fourth consecutive victory.

But Ellis was the rock they leaned on, playing big to give Hiller a rest.

"You don't want to be the guy that loses a little bit of a streak," Ellis said.

"In the same way, when you are on a little bit of a losing streak, you want to be the guy to snap it a little bit. You take pride in those opportunities."

Ellis, making his first start, came up with several critical saves as the Ducks frustrated the rival Sharks (1-3) for the second time in four days.

San Jose had a 33-10 shot advantage over the latter two periods but only two pucks got past him.

"It's not like he's an unknown commodity for us," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.

Selanne scored goals less than five minutes apart in the first, beating Antti Niemi for his 237th career power-play goal to tie Brendan Shanahan for fifth on the NHL's all-time list and then getting his 639th career goal to put him one away from 13th place.

The Sharks got a fluke goal credited to Marc-Edouard Vlasic as a clearing attempt by Lubomir Visnovsky ricocheted back through Ellis off a backchecking Bobby Ryan. Perry restored a two-goal advantage, which was needed as Brent Burns made it 3-2 with 11:01 left.

 


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