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Duck hunt nets the Sharks 5th straight win
Three 3rd period goals paces 5-3 victory
11/14/19 - By Mike Lee -

November is all about home cooking for San Jose, but they did break things up on Thursday night with a quick jaunt down to Southern California to take on the Anaheim Ducks. The two teams traded goals in each of the first two periods, before San Jose jumped out to a 2-goal lead in the 3rd period on big power play and short-handed goals. San Jose would go on to win 5-3 and extend their current win streak to 5 games. The win also pulls the Sharks to within a win of a .500 record, which is a major accomplishment given the horrific start to the season.

The win also pulled the Sharks to within 3 points of a playoff spot. Granted it's only November, but to pull to a top 8 spot after they buried themselves in October means things are headed in the right direction.

Anaheim was ripe for the picking, having gone 3-5-2 over their previous ten games. Anaheim now sits just one point ahead of San Jose in the 11th spot in the Western Conference. There are still 5 Pacific Division teams ahead of San Jose in the standings, but the Sharks are starting to chip away at those leads.

Ranked 27th in the league, the Ducks have had a tough time scoring in the opening period this season. That didn't stop Rickard Rakell, who scooped up a failed clearing attempt 1:09 into the game and snapped it past Martin Jones for his 6th tally of the season. Defenseman Radim Simek tried to clear the puck from the left wing boards, but his attempt hit referee Kevin Pollock in the skates, allowing Rakell to intercept it. Rakell then skated toward the Sharks net, using Simek to screen Jones, lifting his shot to the top left corner.

The Sharks tied the game up less than 6 minutes later, but only after a review. Tomas Hertl found himself facing the net from the left post when a Barclay Goodrow shot deflected off Ducks goaltender John Gibson. Hertl pushed the puck across the goal line, but Gibson's right leg pad obscured it from the on-ice officials. Play continued, but a review at the next whistle clearly showed that the puck fully crossed the goal line.

The Sharks out-shot the Ducks 11-10, but had more quality chances in the opening frame.

Penalties bit the Sharks in the 2nd period. After killing a pair of minor penalties in the period, San Jose could not stop Jakob Silfverberg, who punched home a feed out in front of Jones after Brent Burns was sent off for tripping at 12:39. The Ducks entered play with one of the worst power play units in the league, but they found away to put one past the league's top penalty kill.

The Sharks drew even once again with 1:32 left in the period when Hertl ripped a shot from the same spot as Rakell on the edge of the rights circle near the slot, beating Gibson to the top left corner. Timo Meier hit Hertl with a pass from the end boards to earn his 8th assist of the season.

Patrick Marleau just missed on a wrap around chance 6:37 into the 3rd period, after he whipped around the back of the net from left to right.

A Derek Grant holding the stick penalty moments later setup a big power play opportunity. Things started precariously for San Jose, who gave up two good scoring chances to Anaheim with the man-advantage. The second was a 2-on-none chance that Jones denied.

The Sharks gathered the puck then headed up ice when Brent Burns ripped a shot that beat Gibson to give the Sharks their first lead of the night.

A Dalton Prout hooking penalty put the Sharks back on their heels at 9:10, but the penalty kill turned the tables on Anaheim. Logan Couture intercepted the puck at center ice, then raced up the left wing before flipping a backhand pass to Evander Kane on the off wing for an easy tap in. The goal was Kane's 12th of the season, and it gave the Sharks the two-goal cushion.

Anaheim cut the Sharks lead to 4-3 with 4:10 left in regulation when Max Jones whipped a shot from the slot, which deflected off Simek's skate enough to fool Jones.

Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins pulled Gibson with 1:40 left in regulation, but was forced to re-insert him in net after a high touch was called on Anaheim, moving the faceoff to center ice. The Ducks won the faceoff and moved the puck into the Sharks zone, but Logan Couture stepped in front of a pass, deflecting it into the neutral zone where he was able to track it down and race up ice uncontested.

The Sharks captain was three strides to the goal when he picked a corner and snapped a shot past Gibson to push the lead back to 2-goals with 39 seconds left in the game to ice the win.

Game Notes:

* Tomas Hertl's goal gave him a 5-game goal scoring streak, which is the longest of his career.

* Hertl left the game with about 4 minutes left in regulation and did not return. Hertl injured his left knee last season, but it was not clear if he aggravated the injury.

* Dylan Gambrell was the only Sharks forward not to record a shot on goal. San Jose generated 35 shots. Three skaters had 4 shots each.

* The game marked the 1000th home game for Anaheim since they entered the league in 1993.

* Evander Kane's short-handed goal was the first scored by the Sharks in the 3rd period of a game since Patrick Marleau did it in 2011. It was the first 3rd period shortie scored on the road since 2006.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 3 5
ANA 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, ANA, Rakell 6 (Silfverberg), 1:09. 2, SJ, Hertl 9 (Goodrow, Meier), 6:47.
2nd period - 3, ANA, Silfverberg 9 (Henrique, Rakell), 13:00, (pp). 4, SJ, Hertl 10 (Meier), 18:28.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Burns 5 (Kane, E. Karlsson), 8:05, (pp). 6, SJ, Kane 12 (Couture), 10:32, (sh). 7, ANA, Jones 2 (Rowney, Steel), 15:50. 8, SJ, Couture 3 (unassisted), 19:21.
Penalties
1st period - Gudbranson, ANA (cross checking), 2:36; Prout, SJ (fighting major), 7:33; Deslauriers, ANA (fighting major), 7:33.
2nd period - Labanc, SJ (slashing), 4:18; Bench, SJ (faceoff violation), 6:16; Burns, SJ (tripping), 12:39; Jones, ANA (tripping), 13:56.
3rd period - Grant, ANA (holding the stick), 6:42; Prout, SJ (hooking), 9:10.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 32 29
ANA - Gibson 35 30
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 9 15 35
ANA 10 11 11 32
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
ANA 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Tomas Hertl
Rickard Rakell
Ryan Getzlaf
Attendance
Honda Center - 16,007
Officials
Referees: Pollock, Kozari. Linesmen: Baker, Knorr.
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