San Jose forward Travis Moen knew the Anaheim Ducks planned to show highlights of his career on the scoreboard during his return to Anaheim.
He didn't know he would add a whole new highlight.
After receiving a video tribute from his former team and an
enthusiastic ovation from the crowd, Moen scored a second-period
goal to help the Sharks beat the Ducks 1-0 on Sunday night. Evgeni
Nabokov made 34 saves for his sixth shutout of the season.
Moen positioned himself just outside the crease and deflected
Jamie McGinn's backhander past goalie Jonas Hiller with 1:05 left
in the second period.
"It's nice to win, coming back that was the main goal, get two
points and have fun," Moen said.
He has two goals since he and defenseman Kent Huskins were
traded from Anaheim to San Jose in a March 4 deal that brought two
prospects and a 2011 conditional fourth-round draft pick to the
Moen generally skated on the Ducks' top defensive line during
his four seasons with the team. He was highly effective in that
role during Anaheim's Stanley Cup championship run in 2007, scoring
seven goals in 21 playoff games while defending against the
opposition's top forwards.
"Looking back there were a lot of fun times," Moen said.
Nabokov made 12 saves in the third period to secure the win, his
second in two days after missing seven games because of an
"You are never fresh, you're always tired, but it's not
different than any other game," said Nabokov, who has 46 career
shutouts. "It's the end of the season, not the beginning. Everyone
else is tired."
The Sharks needed the strong goaltending effort Sunday. They
have meandered through a 4-5-1 stretch over their past 10 games,
surrendering the top spot in Western Conference to Detroit in the
"The effort was there tonight. It's always good when the effort
is there," Nabokov said. "We killed penalties pretty well. It
wasn't an easy game but it was a road win."
The Ducks have gone just 2-4-1 in their past seven games,
failing to find a formula that will get them back into a playoff
spot. Anaheim squandered four power-play chances, two in the final
"I think we did everything right except we couldn't score any
goals," Ducks forward Teemu Selanne said. "Those guys have one of
the best records in the league and we had no problem playing
against them, so that is a good sign. We just have to stay
confident. Wednesday (against Nashville) is another chance. We just
have to keep pushing like this and we're going to score a couple of
Hiller made 29 saves in his third consecutive start for Anaheim.
He was at his best sprawling to make several saves as the Ducks
shut down three San Jose power-play opportunities in the first two
"Right now, every loss is bad for us. We didn't deserve to lose
today," Hiller said. "I thought we played pretty well. But if you
don't score, it's tough to win. They had some chances, but I think
defensively we played pretty solid and we had some chances in their
The game was the first meeting between the Pacific Division
rivals since Dec. 11. They will play a home-and-home series April
4-5. The Sharks lead the season series 2-1.
Notes: Huskins, also a member of Anaheim's 2007 championship team,
didn't make the trip with San Jose and will be honored by the Ducks
in an April 5 contest between the teams. ... The Ducks assigned
defenseman Brett Festerling to Iowa of the AHL.
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