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Vlasic gets Sharks back on track
San Jose returns home to beat Anaheim
10/25/16 - By Mike Lee -

It wasn't a work of art, but it was two points against a division rival. For the Sharks, two points is what it's all about right now. After their recent sub-par road trip, San Jose needed to generate win whatever the cost. Doing it against the Anaheim Ducks made it that much more important. The Sharks turned in a more inspired effort and got a clutch goal in overtime to knock off the Ducks 2-1 at SAP Center.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer wanted to send a message to his team by shuffling his lines from top to bottom. The Sharks responded with an extra hop in their step. The Sharks created pressure on the Ducks, which resulted in early penalties by Anaheim.

The Sharks responded with a power play goal after Ryan Garbutt was sent off for slashing Patrick Marleau. Rather than leaning on a perimeter cycle that hoped for an opening, the Sharks pounded the puck down low and were rewarded when Joe Pavelski punched home a shot from the doorstep. The goal went to video review for several minutes after the goal became dislodged. There was no arguing the fact that the net came off its moorings, but the puck was ruled to have crossed the goal line before the goal came separated from its pegs.

San Jose got into penalty trouble midway through the period after Micheal Haley was assessed an instigator penalty after dropping the gloves with Clayton Stoner. Haley was responding to a hit by Stoner on Patrick Marleau.

Tomas Hertl committed a new rules infraction when he swept the puck off the dot after a faceoff. That equates to a penalty this season for delay of game. That put the Sharks down a pair of skaters for 31 seconds, but the Sharks penalty killers dealt with both infractions.

Forward Chris Tierney missed on a wide open net with 4:30 left in the period after his shot was too slow to matriculate. Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier made the shift to the right side of the net to snuff out Tierney's scoring chance.

Somewhere in that opening period Bernier was injured as he failed to return to start the 2nd period. The Ducks announced that Bernier suffered an upper body injury. Backup goaltender John Gibson replaced Bernier and was immediately shaken up when his own defenseman Kevin Bieksa pushed Melker Karlsson into him.

Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf took a shot off the left forearm midway through the period and was forced to take some treatment before the 2nd intermission. He would return towards the end of the period, but called it a night at the break.

The Sharks outplayed the Ducks the entire 2nd period, out-shooting Anaheim 15-5 in the period. The Ducks would get the last laugh by the end of the frame when they converted with 2:11 left.

Chris Wagner was in the right place at the right time after Stoner fired a shot on net from the Sharks blueline. Sharks goaltender Martin Jones stopped Stoner's shot, but the puck kicked out enough for Wagner to poke it back toward Jones, slipping it between the wickets for his 2nd goal of the season.

San Jose had two big chances to regain the lead in regulation after the Ducks took a pair of penalties in the 3rd period. The power play couldn't generate the pressure that it had in the first period and both chances went by the wayside.

The game moved to the extra frame, where the Ducks controlled the puck for all but 10 seconds. Anaheim tried feeling out Jones by circling the Sharks net and coming closest when Corey Perry tried slipping a shot on net from the outside of the left post.

The Sharks were pinned and had trouble substituting players on the ice as the Ducks controlled the puck in the end of the ice closest to their own bench. Perry may have extended his stay a little too long once the Sharks were finally able to get fresh skaters on the ice.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic recognized that Perry may have been fatiguing so he took at Pavleksi feed up the right wing and raced around the Ducks forward. Vlasic headed for the net and deeked Gibson right to left before lifting a shot pas the netminder for the game winner.

Game Notes:

* Faceoff performance continues to be a sore spot for San Jose. The Sharks went 22 of 57 (39%), which was especially painful while on the power play.

* Anaheim out-hit the Sharks 36-11. Nick Ritchie led the Ducks with 9 hits.

* Defensemen David Schlemko and Brent Burns led the Sharks with 6 shots apiece.


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1 2 3 OT T
ANA 0 1 0 0 1
SJ 1 0 0 1 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 3 (unassisted), 7:58, (pp).
2nd period - 2, ANA, Wager 2 (Stoner, Vermette), 17:49.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - 3, SJ, Vlasic 1 (unassisted), 1:24.
1st period - Theodore, ANA (hooking), 1:52; Garbutt, ANA (slashing), 6:32; Stoner, ANA (fighting major), 9:25; Haley, SJ (instigator), 9:25; Haley, SJ (fighting major), 9:25; Haley, SJ (10 min misconduct), 9:25; Hertl, SJ (faceoff violation), 10:48.
2nd period - Bieksa, ANA (interference), 1:56.
3rd period - Thornton, SJ (holding the stick), 4:09; Kesler, ANA (high sticking), 8:22; Bench, ANA (too many men), 14:55.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
ANA - Bernier 11 10
ANA - Gibson 25 24
SJ - Jones 20 19
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
ANA 9 5 6 0 20
SJ 11 15 9 1 36
Power Play Conversion
ANA 0 of 3
SJ 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
John Gibson
Joe Pavelski
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: Hanson, Rehman. Linesmen: Gawryletz, Amell.
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