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Up and down night in Anaheim
Sharks overcome 3-1 3rd period deficit to wi in the SO
2/5/21 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks got back to work on Friday night after a 9-day layoff due to Vegas' COVID issues, continuing with their extended road trip with a stop in Southern California. San Jose played a nice opening period, then gagged up three goals in the middle period before storming back to take a 4-3 lead. The game would eventually make it to the shootout, where San Jose converted twice for the 5-4 victory over the host Anaheim Ducks.

Up and down doesn't do this one justice. The Sharks out-shot Anaheim 17-8 in the opening frame, outclassing the Ducks through the first 20 minutes. Matt Nieto scored 12:50 into the contest by a chip shot that beat Ducks goaltender John Gibson for his 3rd tally of the season.

The game blew up on the Sharks in what has become the nightmare middle period. Anaheim unloaded on the Sharks, scoring three goals to erase all the good feelings that they had amassed after that 1st period.

Adam Henrique scored from in tight, squeezing a puck between Martin Jones' pads at the midway mark of that gory middle frame. Troy Terry sniped a shot from the high slot on a 2-on-1 break less than 4 minutes and just like that, the Sharks lead was gone.

Max Comtois converted on a one-time chance with 1:38 left in the period to stun San Jose. Rickard Rakell skated the puck around the end boards from left to right, before setting up Comtois with a centering pass on the right side.

Per head coach Bob Boughner's post game remarks, the Sharks coaching staff unloaded on the team in the 2nd intermission break in an attempt to wake up the team. That proved to be effective as San Jose came roaring back in the 3rd.

Logan Couture cut into the Ducks lead just 39 seconds into the period on a put-back chance after Evender Kane tried to drive the puck past Gibson from the left side. Couture trailed on the play and beat a Ducks defender to the top of the crease for the easy deposit.

A hooking penalty to defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov was set to hamper the Sharks cause, but Kane responded with an empty net goal at the 2:06 mark. The Sharks forward carried the puck up the right side before whipping a shot that beat Gibson to the stick side to knot the game at 3-3.

Brent Burns added his 3rd goal of the season 6 minutes later to help the Sharks reclaim the lead. Gibson tried to wrap the puck around the end boards, but Ryan Donato intercepted it and fed Burns on the right side. The Sharks defenseman uncorked a blast from the top of the right circle, catching twine and a lead.

Comtois added his second of the game at 11:33 to help the Ducks salvage a point.

The Sharks dodged a bullet in the overtime when Donato was whistled for high-sticking Comtois to give the Ducks a full 2-minute power play in the extra frame. Anaheim tried to setup the perfect shot from the high side, but ended up burning the man advantage.

In a peculiar move, the Ducks elected to have the Sharks shoot first in the shootout. Donato atoned for his overtime penalty by waiting out Gibson on his chance before burying the puck. Jones stopped two Anaheim shooters, but his stop on Comtois was the Key. The Ducks forward deeked Jones with a move that opened up the right side of the net, but the Sharks goaltender got his left skate back to cover the space that Comtois elected to shoot at.

Kevin Labanc ended things with a shot from the top of the crease that squeezed past Gibson.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks extended their perfect record in bonus hockey. They are 2-0 in overtime and 3-0 in the shootout this season.

* The Sharks struggled in the faceoff circle, dropping 31 of 54 draws (43%). Logan Couture was an atrocious 5 of 16 (31%).

* In a "the universe is out of alignment moment" San Jose out-hit Anaheim 31-17 in the game. MArio Ferraro led San Jose with 7 hits. Patrick Marleau, Marcus Sorensen, Alexander Chmelevski Nikoai Knyzhov and Brent Burns were the only Sharks who did not record a hit in the game.

* Chmelevski made his NHL debut ad recorded an assist on Matt Nieto's goal to record his fist NHL point. The rookie skated 10 shifts, logging 6:11 of ice time, recording 2 shots and winning 2 of 6 draws.

* The Sharks will square off with the Ducks on Saturday night again at Honda Center. They will wrap up their crazy 12th consecutive road game on Thursday in LA, before playing in their home opener next Saturday afternoon against Vegas.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 1 0 3 0 1 5
ANA 0 3 1 0 0 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Nieto 3 (Sorensen, Chmelevski), 12:50.
2nd period - 2, ANA, Henrique 2 (Grant, Terry), 10:03. 3, ANA, Terry 1 (Fowler, Grant), 13:48. 4, ANA, Comtois 4 (Rakell), 18:22.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Couture 4 (Kane, Burns), 0:39. 6, SJ, Kane 3 (unassisted), 2:06, (sh). 7, SJ, Burns 3 (Donato), 8:04. 8, ANA, Comtois 5 (Rowney, Lindholm), 11:33.
Overtime - None.
Shootout- SJ: Donato (goal), Couture (miss), Labanc (goal). ANA: Rakell (miss), Comtois (miss).
1st period - Henrique, ANA (holding), 16:06.
2nd period - Labanc, SJ (hooking), 0:27; Hutton, ANA (hooking), 2:46; Hakanpaa, ANA (tripping), 15:21.
3rd period - Knyzhov, SJ (hooking), 0:54.
Overtime - Donato, SK (high sticking), 2:33.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 37 33
ANA - Gibson 30 26
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 17 3 8 2 30
ANA 8 13 11 5 37
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
ANA 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Honda Center - attendance unavailable
Referees: Rehman, St Pierre. Linesmen: Gawryletz, Gibbons.

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