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WCQF Game 3: Duck mauling at the Tank
SJ looks past Anaheim shenanigans for big win
4/16/18 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks Western Conference Quarter Finals series with the Anaheim Ducks shifted to San Jose on Monday night, and by the time the smoke cleared the Sharks are on the verge of ending the series within the next 48 hours. San Jose's offense responded to the Ducks low-brow approach to hockey by putting a bushel full of pucks into the Anaheim net in a an 8-1 win to grab a stranglehold on the series.

The Sharks erupted for four goals in the 2nd period that iced the game with three power play tallies in the final frame to bum-rush the Ducks. Martin Jones made 45 saves to keep Anaheim from challenging the Sharks lead, but his work seemed almost irrelevant because of the Sharks ability to score at will.

The win gives San Jose a 3-0 lead in the series, which may come to a fiery end for Anaheim on Wednesday.

Logan Couture staked the Sharks to the early 1-0 lead when he one-timed a Mikkel Boedker feed from the slot. Boedker raced around Hampus Lindholm on the right wing, then skating to the end boards where he made the feed to Couture. Ducks goaltender John Gibson had to cover the right post as the Boedker threat was a clear and present danger. He opened up the left side of the net as a result which opened things up perfectly for Couture.

Timo Meier sent a 40 foot pass to Chris Tierney on the next shift, creating a breakaway chance for the Sharks. Gibson kept the game to a single goal by denying Tierney.

Meier took a cheap hooking penalty seconds after Ryan Getzlaf was set free for a holding infraction. The Ducks made the most of their power play chance when Richard Rakell heeled a shot from the left side that caught the right post. Rakell's shot was flipping end over end, which may have crossed up Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. The goal was Rakell's first of the playoffs, and it tied the game at 1-1.

In a clear sign that the Ducks approach called for physical play to get the Sharks off their game. Anaheim finished the first period with 24 hits in the frame. The Sharks recorded only 8 hits by contrast.

San Jose reclaimed the lead 1:15 into the 2nd period when Joonas Donskoi grabbed a Ducks turnover at center ice when Brandon Montour fell while trying to carry the puck up the left wing. Donskoi raced up the right side then traded passes with Evander Kane before tapping a the return feed past Gibson for the 2-1 lead.

Marcus Sorensen made it a 3-1 lead just 1:26 later. The young forward carried a Donskoi feed as he cut across the top of the Ducks crease from left to right, before sliding puck across the goal line for his 2nd goal of the playoffs.

The Sharks fourth line got in on the scoring at 13:43 when Eric Fehr dangled a puck to his left before pulling it to his forehand and sliding a shot past Gibson to push the lead to 4-1. Sorensen setup Fehr with a pass at center ice. Fehr did the rest by crashing the net with the puck as Andrew Cogliano was hacking at him from behind like a lap dog chasing a Great Dane.

Things got chippy on the ensuing shift as a whistle in front of the Sharks net ended with Nick Ritchie bumping Jones. Mayhem ensued as all ten skaters were locked up in separate altercations. When the smoke cleared, the Sharks found themselves on a power play.

Francois Beauchemin took a slashing penalty with 29 seconds left on Ritchie's penalty resulting in a Sharks 5-on-3 power play. A crazy scrum in front of Gibson resulted in a scoring chance that had to go to video review after Logan Couture raised his arms in celebration thinking. Replays countered Couture's optimism and the on ice call of no goal stood.

That was irrelevant as Tomas Hertl put one past Gibson seconds later to make it 5-1. The offense went tic-tac-toe with Couture hitting Joe Pavelski parked on the left post. Pavelski's touch pass to Hertl in the slot ended with a quick flick of the wrist and Hertl's 2nd goal of the playoffs.

The Ducks started the 3rd period by removing Gibson and inserting Ryan Miller in net.

Martin Jones game was overshadowed by all the goals that were flying into the Ducks goal, but he faced a slew of pucks in the game. The Sharks netminder made things easier for his teammates by rejecting Anaheim offense. Sharks fan favorite Corey Perry had a decent look at the San Jose net 4 minutes into the period, but Jones smothered the shot.

The Ducks decided it was time to shelve decorum and sportsmanship, so they turned into a professional band of 3-year-olds. The second half of the period was a disgrace to the game, fueled by cheap shot after cheap shot by the Ducks.

Ryan Getzlaf lost his cool with 12 minutes and change to play, taking a slashing and roughing penalty to put the Sharks on a 4-minute power play.

Joe Pavelski made Getzlaf pay for his misdeeds with a power play goal at 10:04. The Sharks captain punched a rebound through Miller's pads for the 6-1 lead.

Perry decided to get his money's worth by cross checking Kevin Lebanc to draw yet another Ducks penalty. Getzlaf aired his grievances with the officials earning a 10 minute misconduct and an early trip to the showers.

Ryan Kesler took yet another slashing penalty at 16:38, and San Jose responded when Evender Kane punched home a puck from the doorstep for another power play goal.

Montour decided to get in on the act as the Ducks were looking to hack at every Shark they could reach. The defenseman was sent off for the fifth slashing infraction of the night. The Sharks just used it as an opportunity to pump up their personal statistics. Tierney got in on the act by scoring his 1st goal of the playoffs to cap the goal-fest.

Game Notes:

* The Ducks lost defenseman Josh Manson early in the 2nd period to an undisclosed injury. The Sharks big period was aided by Manson's absence and the injury to Cam Fowler who has missed the entire series thus far.

* Brent Burns last shift came before the midway point of the 3rd period. He was not present on the Sharks bench the final 10 minutes of the game.

* Not that is should be surprising in a game where the offense produces 8 goals, but 13 Shark skaters recorded points in Game 3 and 8 different players scored goals.

* Stastically speaking, Anaheim out-hit the Sharks 44-24 and they out-shot the Sharks 46-36.

* Anaheim racked up 28 total penalty minutes. Ryan Getzlaf accounted for 16 minutes himself, via 3 minor penalties and the 10 minute misconduct. Anaheim took 6 stick related penalties and a pair of roughing infractions.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
ANA 1 0 0 1
SJ 1 4 3 8
1st period - 1, SJ, Couture 2 (Boedker), 3:44. 2, ANA, Rakell 1 (Montour, Getzlaf), 13:40, (pp).
2nd period - 3, SJ, Donskoi 1 (Kane), 1:15. 4, SJ, Sorensen 2 (Donskoi), 3:41. 5, SJ, Fehr 1 (Sorensen, Karlsson), 13:43. 6, SJ, Hertl 2 (Pavelski, Couture), 16:49, (pp).
3rd period - 7, SJ, Pavelski 1 (Meier, Donskoi), 10:04, (pp). 8, SJ, Kane 3 (Vlasic), 17:16, (pp). 9, SJ, Tierney 1 (Meier, Labanc), 19:36, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - Getzlaf, ANA (holding), 10:22; Meier, SJ (hooking), 12:59.
2nd period - Ritchie, ANA (slashing), 14:28; Ritchie, ANA (roughing), 14:28; DeMelo, SJ (roughing), 14:28; Beauchemin, ANA (slashing), 15:59.
3rd period - Sorensen, SJ (holding), 5:09; Getzlaf, ANA (slashing), 7:22; Getzlaf, ANA (roughing), 7:22; Perry, ANA (cross checking), 11:12; Getzlaf, ANA (10 min misconduct), 11:12; Fehr, SJ (tripping), 14:49; Kesler, ANA (slashing), 16:38; Montour, ANA (slashing), 19:24.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
ANA - Gibson 24 19
ANA - Miller 12 9
SJ - Jones 46 45
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ANA 11 19 16 46
SJ 8 16 12 36
Power Play Conversion
ANA 1 of 3
SJ 4 of 8
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Jones
Joonas Donskoi
Marcus Sorensen
Attendance
SAP Center - 17,562
Officials
Referees: Pollock, St Laurent. Linesmen: Murchison, Cherrey.
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