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Sharks feast on more poultry
Ducks follow same fate as Penguins
1/21/18 - By Mike Lee -

The back-to-back game gods are not typically sympathetic with the San Jose Sharks. San Jose told the gods to buzz off on Sunday night as they followed up their big 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, by blitzing the Anaheim Ducks for 6 goals in a 6-1 roasting of their hosts in Southern California. San Jose created a little distance between themselves and their Pacific Division rival by chasing starting goaltender John Gibson with a bucket of goals.

Tired legs were energized by three goals in the 3rd period which suppressed a push by the Ducks, who had cut the Sharks lead to 3-2. The Sharks were led by their 3rd and 4th line guys, who accounted for four of the Sharks six goals.

The Ducks controlled the puck for an eternity in the opening 10 minutes of play, but it was the Sharks that cracked the score sheet first. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was Johnny on the spot when a Tomas Hertl kicked off Ducks goaltender John Gibson's pad. The Sharks defenseman gathered the deflection slipped the puck into the net for his 7th goal of the season.

The Ducks out-shot the Sharks 12-8 in the opening period, even though San JOse had the lone power play in the period. Anaheim wasn't passive in the period by any means, but they had nothing to show for their efforts after 20 minutes.

Kevin Labanc made it a 2-0 Sharks lead 3:38 into the 2nd period after Timo Meier made a nice defensive play to force a turnover. Labanc raced up the right wing, then dipped a shoulder to fool Gibson into thinking he was shooting. That was followed by an actual shot a split second later that rocketed over Gibson's right shoulder Labanc's 5th goal of the season.

Anaheim setup a third Sharks goal with a Brandon Montour slashing penalty at the 12 minute mark. The Sharks converted when Mikkel Boedker scored his 6th goal of the season right before it was set to expire.

Adam Henrique took another slashing penalty less than a minute after Boedker's goal to put the Sharks back on the power play, but it was the Ducks that generated the best scoring chance of the ensuing power play. Adam Cogliano found himself on another breakaway late in the penalty, but Dell snuffed out the scoring chance.

The Sharks found themselves in penalty hot water at the end of the period when Joel Ward took a tripping penalty at 17:53 and Joe Pavelski followed him to the box for slashing 18 seconds later. Anaheim cashed in when a Rickard Rakell pass hit Justin Braun in the stick and deflected past Dell.

Things got interesting early in the 3rd period after Ryan Getzlaf one-timed an Ondrej Kase feed from behind the net past Dell to make it a 3-2 game. The goal energized the building, but a Sharks breakaway chance helped bring the Duck fans back to life after Josh Manson was whistled for tripping Meier.

The Manson penalty worked out well for the Shark when Joe Thornton fired a shot from the left point that slipped past Gibson, who had a face full of a Joe Pavelski screen. The goal was Thornton's fourth in his last five games.

Boedker reinstated the three goal lead with a blast from the left side on the rush 11 seconds shy of the midway mark of the period. The Sharks forward carried a Melker Karlsson feed with speed before launching a shot that caught the upper right corner of the net.

Gibson night ended with 7 minutes to play as Ryan Miller was inserted following a timeout. That did little to stop the bleeding. Karlsson got in on the goal scoring act by pumping a shot past Miller from the right side with 4:54 left to play.

Anaheim thought they scored a meaningless goal late in the game, but replay confirmed that Henrique directed the puck into the Sharks goal with his glove.

Game Notes:

* Joe Thornton's goal gave him 1,426 points, pushing him past Bryan Trottier for 16th on the all time scoring list. Teemu Sleanne is next on the list with 1,457 points.

* Aaron Dell finished the evening with 33 saves.

* Special teams played a big factor in the Sharks win. San Jose went 2-for-5 on the power play, stinging the league's most penalized team. The Ducks countered with a power play goal themselves, which came on a 5-on-3.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 2 3 6
ANA 0 1 1 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Vlasic 7 (Hertl, Braun), 13:53.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Labanc 5 (Meier), 3:38. 3, SJ, Boedker 6 (Vlasic, Tierney), 13:56, (pp). 4, ANA, Rakell 17 (Getzlaf, Henrique), 19:33, (pp).
3rd period - 5, ANA, Getzlaf 5 (Kase), 1:47. 6, SJ, Thornton 13 (Burns, Couture), 2:47, (pp). 7, SJ, Boedker 7 (Karlsson), 9:49. 8, SJ, Karlsson 7 (Boedker, Tierney), 15:06.
1st period - Beauchemin, ANA (interference), 2:29.
2nd period - Fowler, ANA (hooking), 6:13; Bench, SJ (too many men), 9:16; Montour, ANA (slashing), 12:00; Henrique, ANA (slashing), 14:49; Ward, SJ (tripping), 17:53; Pavelski, SJ (slashing), 18:11.
3rd period - Manson, ANA (tripping), 2:05.
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 35 33
ANA - Gibson 22 17
ANA - Miller 4 3
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 7 11 26
ANA 12 13 10 35
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 5
ANA 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Aaron Dell
Ondrej Kase
Mikkel Boedker
Honda Center - 17,347
Referees: Walsh, Joannette. Linesmen: Heyer, Galloway.
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