~ By Pearl Allison Lo
~ December 9, 2022
ANAHEIM – After losing two close ones to the Ducks last month in overtime, San Jose broke through with a 6-1 multi-goal win in regulation Friday night.
Goaltender Eetu Makiniemi made his first career start after entering in relief of Kaapo Kahkonen the previous game. This outing included a 2-on-1 shorthanded stop as he veered to his right across the net in the first period. Makiniemi made 23 saves. San Jose head coach David Quinn commented, ¨…this game may take on a whole new complexion on that 2-on-1. They get the shorthand and the first power play if they score…it’s amazing what one play can do early in a game when a goalie makes a big save.¨
It was the Sharks’ first win in their teal and yellow Reverse Retro jerseys, wearing them the second of six times during the season. Coach Quinn referred to the team´s win as ¨thorough,¨ as they broke a four-game losing streak.
Special teams was also up to par as San Jose killed three penalties while scoring once.
Anaheim began with the first three shots on goal and built up to a 5-1 advantage before the Sharks notched the 1-0 lead. Erik Karlsson connected the diagonal dots to Timo Meier at 10:18 who positioned himself stick side behind goalie John Gibson. It was Meier´s second goal in as many games as Tomas Hertl collected the secondary assist.
In the second, Scott Harrington earned his first goal with San Jose in the three games he has played as he shot down the slot, breaking the Ducks´ Cam Fowler´s stick in the process. With the primary assist, Kevin Labanc tacked on his 200th NHL point.
A second Anaheim penalty in the game at 6:55 of the second led to two goals eight seconds apart.
Alexander Barabanov, who was questionable before the game, pushed the puck out to Karlsson from behind the net who reacted right away for the 2-0 lead at 7:53.
Teammate Niko Sturm got in the action as well as he was able to strike before Gibson could get back to the net securely.
At 9:37, Trevor Zegras gave the Ducks some life as he broke Makiniemi´s shutout from the right faceoff circle.
Anthony Stolarz entered in place of Gibson to start the third period.
The teams combined for another three penalties in the first half but the period looked like it might remain scoreless, until Nick Bonino scored an empty netter at 16:18. 25 seconds later, teammate Steven Lorentz, who missed the last game due to the flu, gave the Sharks a sixth goal. This preceded the game´s first fight 11 seconds later, featuring Anaheim´s Sam Carrick and San Jose´s Jonah Gadjovich and roughing calls to Meier and the Ducks´ Max Jones at 18:47.
Game notes: The California rivalry also featured the Jay- brothers, that is Jaycob (Sharks) and Jayson (Anaheim) Megna, playing each other in the NHL for the first time. Meier (1 G, 1A), Tomas Hertl (2A), Karlsson (1G, 1A), Bonino (1G), Barabanov (2A) and Labanc (1A) all kept point streaks alive. San Jose next heads home for one game to host the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday at 7:30pm.