- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

ANAHEIM, CALIF. (AP) - Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, and San Jose newcomer Travis Moen returned to Anaheim to score in the Sharks’ 1-0 victory over the Ducks on Sunday night.

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.

Nabokov made 12 saves in the third period to secure the win, his second in two days after missing seven games because of an upper-body injury. He has 46 career shutouts.

Moen 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 Ducks.

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.

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 process.

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.

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 periods.

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.

Notes:@ Moen received an enthusiastic ovation from the crowd during a first-period tribute on the videoboard. Huskins didn’t make the trip and will be honored by the Ducks in an April 5 contest between the teams. … Anaheim assigned defenseman Brett Festerling to Iowa of the AHL before the game.

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