Sharks end dad’s trip on positive note with 3-2 win over Ducks

February 11, 2018

NHL, San Jose Sharks

~ Photo credit: NHL.com

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ ANAHEIM — The San Jose Sharks won both back-to-back weekend games with a 3-2 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center Sunday.

The Sharks showcased their resiliency after relinquishing four straight goals Saturday and earning full points Sunday after they were scoreless with 10 minutes left in regulation.

San Jose was rewarded with second place in the Pacific for now instead of a three-way tie for second, which would have been the case had they not gone to extra periods.

Logan Couture notched the game-winner versus goalie John Gibson in the second round. It was Couture’s fourth point in three games.

This match clinched a 3-1 regular season series between the teams. It was the third time they had gone to a shootout .

Anaheim started with a 2-0 lead for the second game in a row. They had a number of close chances in the first.

The Sharks went almost seven minutes without a shot on net, starting with Chris Tierney’s shot at 2:16.

Ondrej Kase raced past Brenden Dillon and shot past goaltender Martin Jones from the left faceoff circle. It looked like an initial save, but the puck squeezed through five-hole at 2:39.

Before Marc-Edouard Vlasic had San Jose’s next shot on goal at 8:58, the Ducks had four shots on goal and the Sharks blocked four shots.

Instead of 1-0 after the first, the score could have been 3-0 in favor of Anaheim.

San Jose got lucky when a strong shot went off the boards and the rebound went to Andrew Cogliano short side near a clear part of the net, as he missed with his shot in the opposite direction. Cogliano led with three shots in the period.  

With 18 seconds left, Corey Perry made it 2-0 on the Ducks’ second power play of the period, but it was negated for offsides.\

After 13 shots in the first, the Ducks’ sole two shots on goal in the second sandwiched the Sharks’ first power play of the game.  

Nick Ritchie had a shot at 3:48, San Jose had three shots during their man advantage and Rickard Rakell had Anaheim’s last shot of the period at 6:54.

The game’s first fight occurred at 15:11.

Joonas Donskoi had four and Jannik Hansen had three of the Sharks’ 14 shots in the period. San Jose also had 11 missed shots.

On allowing the Sharks to get back into the game, Ryan Getzlaf replied, “It started in the second period…at that point, you’re receiving the game a little bit.”

The Ducks went up 2-0 legitimately when Cam Fowler won and got to the puck before Jones at 6:28 of the third.

San Jose Captain Joe Pavelski relayed, “…guys show character and there was no reason for us to panic. We were playing good…Staring at it down 2-0, guys stepped up.”

Coach Pete DeBoer concurred, “Despite being down in the third, we had played well enough that we should have either been tied or up. So, the fact that we stuck with it, it took us 59 minutes…I liked our game tonight.”

Couture prevented the shutout and started the Sharks’ comeback when he shot from the top of the right faceoff circle through the slot at 10:56.

When San Jose started with the man advantage after Jones was pulled, the puck was cleared three times. The Sharks even had to bring Jones in to take a faceoff in their own zone. However after that, San Jose went around the horn and Timo Meier redirected Couture’s feed to tie the game with 53.7 seconds left.

Pavelski explained, “We are here to win, obviously. We went out on that last shift and the chatter was, we are scoring. We are not going to give up an empty net goal.”’

Fowler recounted, “That last goal is a tough one to give up. I kind of left my man in front, so personally I feel a little responsible for that one.”

Both sides had three shots apiece in overtime.

In the shootout, Adam Henrique’s shot was saved. Pavelski scored after corralling his shot around a spread out Gibson. Rakell hit the post after Couture’s winner.

Game notes: Anaheim’s Kevin Bieska played in his 800th NHL game.

Up Next: The Sharks head back to SAP Center for a three-game road trip, featuring the Arizona Coyotes first Tuesday at 7:30 pm PT.

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