San Jose Sharks Saturday game wrap: Silfverberg’s unassisted goal puts Ducks over the top 2-1 for SJ’s second straight loss

March 18, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

Anaheim Ducks’ Jakob Silfverberg, center left, celebrates his goal with teammates Andrew Cogliano, center right, Cam Fowler (4) and Ryan Kesler (17) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks ended their lengthy homestand with a rough 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in a nail-biting game at SAP Center on Saturday night.

The Ducks didn’t waste any time getting on the board. Just 39 seconds into the opening period, Patrick Eaves fired a snap shot from the left circle, beating Martin Jones top-shelf for his 24th goal of the year.

The Sharks went on a two-man advantage after Joel Ward dropped the gloves with Ryan Kesler with 6:07 left in the period. However, the home team was capitalize with this advantage.

Cam Fowler was called for tripping with 1:31 left on the clock. The Sharks then capitalized on the man advantage, tying the score 1-1. Logan Couture picked up a pass from Joe Thornton and fired a snap shot into the net to beat Jonathan Bernier for a power-play goal. Couture recorded his 25th goal of the year in his 500th career game.

Shots were 11-8 in favor of the Ducks, but these two teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes.

A turnover cost the Sharks as the puck went into their own net at 7:31 of the second period. Jakob Silfverberg scored an unassisted goal for his 20th of the season.

Shots (23-20) remained in favor of the Ducks, who led the Sharks 2-1 after 40 minutes.

Jannik Hansen took a hard hit in the corner in the middle of the third period and never returned. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer mentioned in his postgame press conference that he didn’t have any updates on Hansen.

The Sharks (42-22-7) dropped a nail-biter against the Ducks (38-23-11) by a score of 2-1. Jones made 25 saves in a losing effort.

“We just have to regroup and get ready for the next one,” Couture said.

Bernier finished with 33 saves in the victory.

“We had breakdowns and they had theirs,” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. “Their goalie (Bernier) played well…We had to find a way to tie that game up, but unfortunately, we didn’t.”

“I think everyone’s dealing with injuries, but we have enough depth, and that shouldn’t matter,” DeBoer said when asked if the injuries of David Schlemko and Melker Karlsson had an effect on his team. “Those are good players obviously, but we got guys who jumped in tonight for them, and I thought (Michael) Haley had two or three really good chances. Also, (Marcus) Sorensen played a really good game, so I don’t think that’s an issue.

 

The Sharks kick off a four-game road trip on Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars (28-33-10) at 7:30 p.m. CST on CSN-CA, FS-SW.

 

 

 

 

 

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