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Donskoi wows with shootout winner
SJ upends rival Ducks with 2-1 shootout victory
11/4/17 - By Mike Lee -

The didn't really deserve to win, but they found a way on Saturday night. Given that it was a division game against the rival Anaheim Ducks, San Jose will take the two points, but they need to count their lucky stars. Facing a Ducks team that should have been more fatigued after dropping a 5-3 decision to the Nashville Predators 24 hours earlier, the Sharks got a late goal to tie the game and a nifty score in the shootout to dispatch Anaheim 2-1 at SAP Center.

It wasn't as if the Sharks were tentative with the puck, they just couldn't get one past Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller. The Ducks backup goaltender has been limited in his appearances this season, but he turned in one of the best goaltending performances for Anaheim this season.

The Sharks threw 45 shots at Miller, and only one got past him.

If Anaheim had any semblance of an offense, Miller might have stolen one from the Sharks. Corey Perry staked the Ducks to a 1st period lead after Derek Grant sprung him with a long lead pass that created a breakaway chance that burned Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. Perry skated in and snapped a shot that hit the inside of Jones' pad and skittered across the goal line just inside the right post.

That goal stood for 40 minutes as San Jose fell short on more than 30 shot attempts.

Joel Ward finally got the Sharks on the board with a goal at 11:57 of the 3rd period. Ward and Goodrow skated up ice on a 2-on-1 that ended with Ward tapping home a deflection off Miller. Ward fed Goodrow on the left wing, but Miller stopped the initial shot. He didn't contain it though, which allowed Ward to swoop in and poke the puck into the open net for his 2nd goal of the season.

Neither team could muster any more scoring in regulation, so the game went to the extra session. The 3-on-3 format opened up the ice and gave both teams quality chances, but San Jose was the only club credited with a shot on goal. The Sharks put 4 on Miller, who saved his team bacon by stopping those chances.

Miller stoned Pavelski in the overtime on a cross ice feed from Joe Thornton midway through the 5-minute period. Perry just missed on another breakaway chance with less than 30 seconds left in the overtime period.

The shootout lasted six rounds, commencing with a goal from Pavelski on wrist shot. Rickard Rakell put a backhand chance past Jones in the 3rd round to extend things.

Joonas Donskoi gave a clinic in how to win shootouts, with a left-right move that undressed Miller to put the Sharks up a goal. Jones stuffed Brandon Montour on the Ducks last chance to send the Sharks to their 4th straight win.

Game Notes:

* Dylan DeMelo returned to the lineup, taking Marc-Edouard Vlasic's spot while the defenseman nurses the head injury he sustained against Nashville on Wednesday. DeMelo had been scratched several games with the emergence of rookie defenders Joakim Ryan and Tim Heed. DeMelo skated 17 shifts, logging 13:22 of ice time. He was a +1 and took the only Sharks penalty in the game.

* Tomas Hertl led the Sharks with 7 shots, but he was denied on a pair of breakaway chances which would have prevented the overtime had he finished. It was a tough night for Hertl, who had several chances to bury pucks, but fell short all.

* The only Sharks who failed to record a shot on goal were Joe Thornton, Joakim Ryan, Dylan DeMelo and Mikkel Boedker.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
ANA 1 0 0 0 0 1
SJ 0 0 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, ANA, Perry 3 (Grant, Rakell), 6:23.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 2, SJ, Ward 2 (Goodrow), 11:57.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Pavelski (goal), Couture (miss), Heed (miss), Burns (miss), Labanc (miss), Donskoi (goal). ANA: Perry (miss), Rakell (goal), Kase (miss), Silfverberg (miss), Ritchie (miss), Montour (miss).
1st period - Vermette, ANA (holding), 8:29; Ritchie, ANA (slashing) 18:57.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Megna, ANA (hooking), 3:57; demelo, SJ (cross checking), 9:56.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
ANA - Miller 45 44
SJ - Jones 26 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
ANA 7 14 5 0 26
SJ 12 17 11 4 44
Power Play Conversion
ANA 0 of 1
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Joel Ward
Martin Jones
Ryan Miller
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: Rehman, Peel. Linesmen: Nansen, Knorr.
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