Event Name: San Jose Sharks VS Anaheim Ducks
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Location: SAP Center: 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Hosted by: San Jose Sharks Hockey
Saturday night, the San Jose Sharks faced a long time division rival, the Anaheim Ducks – a team that was founded by the Walt Disney Company back in 1993 just two years after the San Jose Sharks played their first game in 1991 at the Cow Palace. The Ducks were originally called the Mighty Ducks, named after the Walt Disney’s 1992 film “The Mighty Ducks”. After winning the Stanley Cup back in 2007, they have made the playoffs every year since but have yet to make it back to the finals. Led by aging superstars Ryan Getzlaf (10) and Corey Perry (10), the Ducks look to win at least one more cup before their window closes for good.
The Ducks came into the game second in the Pacific Division 85 points, right behind the Sharks, who still sit in first with 91 points. This being a 4 point game, there is plenty at stake here tonight. This season Anaheim has won only 14 of their 36 road games, while San Jose continues to enjoy home ice advantage, having now won 23 of their 36 home games. Back in 2009, Anaheim beat San Jose in round 1 of the playoffs in 6 games, in a memorable tilt that started off with both team’s captains at the time, Joe Thornton (19)and Ryan Getzlaf, dropping the gloves. This season, previous 4 matchups between these 2 teams have all been one goal games with both teams winning 2 games each. However, the Sharks have yet to beat them in regulation since both of their wins came in overtime.
Excitement was high and a playoff atmosphere was established through the SAP Center at puck drop. Thirty-nine seconds into the first period, Rickard Rakell (67) wrapped the puck around the right boards from behind the net to Ryan Getzlaf, who passed it through 3 Sharks to Patrick Eaves (18) all alone at the bottom of the left circle for a one timer that beat Martin Jones (31) top shelf glove side to give the Ducks an early 1-0 lead. Half way through the period, Micheal Haley (38) stepped out of the penalty box and got a clean break away, but shot the puck right into Ducks’ goalie Jonathan Bernier’s (1) glove. In the last two minutes of the period, the Sharks had over a minute and a half with a 5 on 3 advantage. That’s when Joe Thornton found an open lane from bottom of the right circleto Logan Couture (39) in the low slot, where he wristed it top shelf beating Bernier on the glove side and tying the score 1-1 as the period ended.
Just over eight minutes into the second period, Haley got another opportunity from a rebound off of Marcus Sorensen’s shot from the right circle right in front of Bernier, but failed to capitalize. With just over 6 minutes left in the period, Paul Martin (7) got a pass on the blue line from Thornton but the puck rolled on his stick as he tried to pass forward to Joe Pavelski, and it bounced off the leg of Jacob Silfverberg (33) who jumped up into the play getting a clean break away and snapped one home beating Jones high on his glove side giving the Ducks a 2-1 lead.
Jannik Hansen (36) got high-sticked in the face in the 3rd period and left the bench with an injury and did not return. No information was available regarding the severity of his injury.The Sharks had plenty of more chances in the 3rd but were not able to score, losing 2-1 to the Ducks in regulation. The victory closed the gap in the Pacific Division to just four points between the these two rivals, reducing what was a nine point lead less than two weeks ago for the Sharks.
The Sharks led in shots (34-27), hits (26-22), takeaways (10-5) and giveaways (18-12), while the Ducks led in face-offs (52%-48%) and blocked shots (23-18).
Logan Couture played his 500th NHL game. He had the only Sharks goal tonight and led all skaters with 6 shots on goal. Patrick Marleau also had an assist tonight and led all skaters with 5 hits. Joe Thornton registered his 42nd assist and now has 8 points in his last 7 games. Martin Jones made 25 saves tonight and Brent Burns (88) led all skaters with 27:07 ice time.
San Jose continues their regular season Monday against the Dallas Stars.
INDTVUSA Staff Writer