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Ducks strangle Sharks in 3-2 win
No fight in Sharks following ASG break
2/2/16 - By Mike Lee -

The post All Star break blues were in full effect in Southern California as the Sharks stumbled to a 3-2 loss, snapping their a 10 game streak in which they scored at least a point in the standings. The host Anaheim Ducks trudged through a stifling game that was more about grinding clock than emphasizing any form of finesse. The Ducks skated away with a 3-2 win over the Sharks in what best described as a snooze fest at the Honda Center.

When the Sharks were able to wriggle out of the Ducks stranglehold and score, Anaheim had an answer. When the Sharks needed to generate a game tying goal, the Ducks had an answer.

Rickard Rakell opened the games scoring 16:09 into the 1st period snapping a 25-foot shot over Martin Jones right shoulder after Brenden Dillon gambled with a check at the blueline and missed. Rakell sent his wrist shot from the outside of the right circle, zipping it past the Sharks goaltender.

Dainius Zubrus tied the game 2:43 into the 2nd period, redirecting a Brent Burns shot past Frederik Andersen from the high slot. Zubrus failed to put a pair of shots past Andersen from the front of the net, but when Burns uncorked a shot from the right point, the Sharks forward simply got his stick on the puck, altering its path from 40 feet away from the goal mouth.

Rakell put the Sharks on the power play 30 seconds later, but the Sharks committed the game's kiss of death by allowing a short-handed goal on the ensuing power play. With five Sharks chasing the puck in their own end, Ryan Getzlaf found Hampus Lindholm cutting down the slot for a one-time chance that beat Jones. Burns started a series of miscues by turning the puck over in front of his own net. Three San Jose players stood and watched as Lindholm skated in unscathed and got his shot off.

Standing and watching was the theme of the night for the Sharks defense. Ryan Garbutt made it a 3-1 lead by punching home a long rebound while the Sharks parked themselves in their own end and watched the centerman swoop in and score in the same fashion as Lindholm.

Tommy Wingels helped San Jose draw to within a single goal with 6:48 to play in the period by sweeping home a rebound from the left side after Joonas Donskoi bounced a shot off Andersen.

The Sharks did themselves no favors early in the 3rd period by taking a pair over overlapping penalties. Paul Martin flipped a puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty, then Matt Nieto took a careless high sticking penalty with Martin still in the box. that essentially erased 4 minutes from the period, and when Anaheim turned up the heat, the Sharks were left with few opportunities to challenge Andersen.

Cam Fowler gift wrapped one last opportunity for San Jose by taking a hooking penalty with 2:07 to play. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer pulled Jones for the extra skater, but the Sharks couldn't capitalize. Joe Pavelski came closest to evening things up when a puck deflected to him in the slot, but his shot was deflected by a Ducks stick.

It was a big 4 point swing against a division foe that's resurrected their season after a sluggish start. The Ducks sit a mere 3 points behind the Sharks for the 2nd spot in the Pacific Division.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 2 0 2
ANA 1 2 0 3
1st period - 1, ANA, Rakell 11 (Maroon, Perry), 16:09.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Zubrus 2 (Burns, Martin), 2:43. 3, ANA, Lindholm 4 (Getzlaf), 4:19, (sh). 5, SJ, Wingels 5 (Donskoi, Vlasic), 13:12.
3rd period - None.
1st period - Lindholm, ANA (interference), 6:54.
2nd period - Rakell, ANA (tripping), 3:00; Wingels, SJ (interference on goaltender), 14:41.
3rd period - Martin, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 5:10; Nieto, SJ (high sticking), 6:48; Fowler, ANA (hooking), 17:53.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 25 22
ANA - Andersen 32 30
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 14 9 9 32
ANA 10 8 7 25
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
ANA 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Hampus Lindholm
Ryan Kesler
Tommy Wingels
Referees: Joannette, Skilliter. Linesmen: Gibbs, Heyer.
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