SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Jean-Sebastien Giguere spent four games on the bench thinking about how he embarrassed himself and the rest of the Mighty Ducks. When the Anaheim goalie returned from his timeout, he personally made it up to his teammates.
Giguere stopped 34 shots and Todd Fedoruk scored in the second period of the Mighty Ducks’ second shutout win in San Jose in 10 days, 2-0 over the Sharks on Saturday night.
Giguere sat out the Ducks’ previous four games while Ilya Bryzgalov enjoyed another strong stretch in his rookie season, including a 2-0 victory for his first NHL shutout at the Shark Tank on Jan. 26.
There also was a disciplinary aspect to Giguere’s absence: He blew his top in his previous start against Edmonton, getting 16 minutes in penalties after becoming enraged by Ryan Smyth’s play in front of the net. Giguere twice chased down Smyth to attack him while also giving up five goals on 25 shots.
“I thought I owed one to my teammates after the way things went against Edmonton,” said Giguere, who posted his second shutout of the season and the 21st of his career. “I was a little bit ashamed of myself (and felt) a bit childish about how I overreacted. My wife said I acted like a 2-year-old.”
But the 2003 NHL playoff MVP returned in outstanding form for the Ducks, making several big saves in the first period and remaining strong in the third during a pair of two-man advantages for the Sharks.
Teemu Selanne scored his team-leading 26th goal into an empty net with 32 seconds to play for the Ducks, who got their fourth victory in five games with another defensive gem against their Pacific Division rivals.
“Giguere had, simply, a great game,” Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. “Five-on-3, he made some great plays. The guy was just dead bang on. He wasn’t giving up rebounds, and he’s catching things. He was the difference.”
Three days after San Jose posted a 6-4 victory in Anaheim with three power-play goals, the Sharks were 0-for-8 with the man-advantage in just their second shutout loss of the season.
Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves for the Sharks, who are off to a terrible start in a five-game, pre-Olympics homestand that could be a key to their playoff hopes. After a shootout loss to Minnesota on Thursday night, the Sharks couldn’t solve Giguere, who posted his second shutout of the season and the 21st of his career.
“He came back with fire in his eyes, and that’s what you expect out of an athlete,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. “I was just expecting him to give us one of his best, and that’s really what you expect every night.”
After 32 dull, scoreless minutes, Fedoruk exploited the San Jose defense’s sloppiness with a clever shot off Nabokov’s back from behind the goal. Fedoruk corralled the rebound of his own tip attempt on Jason Marshall’s slap shot and then banked it off Nabokov, who failed to cover the post properly.
“I just saw a spot behind him and threw it at the net,” Fedoruk said. “Every time you score from behind the net, it’s a little luck.”
Andy McDonald got the second assist on Fedoruk’s goal, giving him seven assists in four games. He has scored in seven straight games overall.
After dominating on the power play in Anaheim three days ago, the Sharks couldn’t duplicate it. They wasted 83 seconds of 5-on-3 advantage in the first period, then failed to score during another 5-on-3 and a 6-on-4 in the third.
“We had our chances on the power play, and we definitely could have used a big goal,” captain Patrick Marleau said. “We tried a lot of shots. Maybe we should have worked it around a little more. When we do that, though, we say we need to shoot more.”
The Sharks are deep in negotiations with Nabokov on a contract extension, but general manager Doug Wilson said reports of an agreement are premature. … Fedoruk’s goal was his first since Jan. 7. … Four-game scoring streaks ended for Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo.