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Donskoi's offfense not enough
Sharks goes 0-for-3 on homestand in SO loss to Ducks
11/20/17 - By Mike Lee -

The absence of any offensive punch continues to cost the Sharks. They wrapped up a winless 3-game home stand on Monday night by dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center. Home is supposed to be were teams are supposed to be comfortable, enough so to actually win games. That's not the case for San Jose, who dropped to 6-6-1. There losing record on home ice, is the reason they've fallen out of the top 8 in the Western Conference.

With the parity in the NHL, every win and loss means leap-frogging someone else in the standings either upwards or in the wrong direction. San Jose has moved from 4th to 9th place in the matter of two games. Missing chances at home are magnified, because teams tend to perform better on familiar ice.

The Sharks seem to be the exception. Their road record is actually better then the product they're offering up to the home crowd. Monday night's failure was their 7th in 13 tries this season at SAP Center.

Things looked promising early, but a 2nd period lapse erased all the work to start on the right foot.

Joonas Donskoi kicked off the scoring with a goal 3:31 into the game after Logan Couture picked Dennis Rasmussen's pocket inside the Ducks blueline and slid a lead pass to his Finnish linemate. Donskoi had the momentum on any defender, skating in on Reto Berra with nothing between him and the Ducks goaltender. The winger deeked left before sliding the puck between Berra's pads for his 6th goal of the season.

Martin Jones stoned Corey Perry on a chance from the doorstep after the Sharks nemesis found himself at the top of the crease with the puck. The Ducks forward tried lifting a shot from 3 feet out, but Jones got his glove in front of it for the key save.

Logan Couture tried to glove a puck midway through the period which earned him a trip to the dressing room for some treatment. He would return to start the 2nd period, but would make a repeat trip after catching a stick to the face in the 3rd period.

Perry would tie the game 45 seconds into the 2nd period when he slipped to the left side and jammed home a Brandon Montour pass from the right point. Justin Braun had the defensive assignment on Perry, but was crossed up by the pass and stumbled over himself as Perry was busy shooting the puck past Martin Jones.

A Kevin Labanc hooking penalty midway through the period setup the next Anaheim goal. Rickard Rakell punched a rebound past Jones at 11:39 after a Perry shot bounced off Jones. The Sharks netminder tried to glove the rebound, but it sat about 8 inches past his reach. Rakell swooped in as Labanc was exiting the penalty box and jammed it home for his 8th tally of the season.

Donskoi tied the game at 8:19 of the 3rd period after Jakob Silfverberg was sent off for slashing Joe Thornton. The Sharks pushed the puck to the front of the net, where Tomas Hertl bounced a shot off of something that kicked over to Donskoi for the secondary shot that beat Berra.

San Jose put 20 shots on Berra in the 3rd period, but they couldn't get the go-ahead goal when they needed it. Tomas Hertl pushed a shot off the right post with 6 minutes left in the game, but that was as close as they would come.

The overtime period was a coin flip, but neither team could get a quality shot on net. Joe Thornton had the last possession of the night, but he fumbled the puck in the Ducks zone to kill any idea of a late winner.

The shootout went 9 rounds.

Donskoi, Brent Burns and Tim Heed converted in the shootout for San Jose, but the Ducks scored four times to take the game. Perry, Cam Fowler and Brandon Montour put pucks past Jones in the shootout. Tomas Hertl's miss in the 9th round setup Antoine Vermette for the game winner.

Game Notes:

* Brent Burns continues to be snake bit. The Defenseman had 7 shots in the game, and had 4 blocked and 4 miss the net.

* Joonas Donskoi was the Sharks offense, but his 2 goals still resulted in an even plus/minus for the game.

* Anaheim blocked 19 shots in the game. It was more of the perimeter attack approach that never seems to do much, but Peter DeBoer continues to lean on the approach.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
ANA 0 2 0 0 1 3
SJ 1 0 1 0 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Donskoi 6 (Couture), 3:31.
2nd period - 2, ANA, Perry 4 (Montour, Rakell), 0:45. 3, ANA, Rakell 8 (Perry), 11:39.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Donskoi 7 (Hertl, O'Regan), 8:19, (pp).
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Couture (miss), Pavelski (miss), Donskoi (goal), Burns (goal), Labanc (miss), Heed (goal), O'Regan (miss), Tierney (miss), Hertl (miss). ANA: Perry (goal), Rakell (miss), Silfverberg (miss), Fowler (goal), Roy (miss), Montour (goal), Shaw (miss), Manson (miss), Vermette (goal).
1st period - Braun, SJ (holding), 12:32.
2nd period - Labanc, SJ (hooking), 9:37; Manson, ANA (hooking), 11:59; Wagner, ANA (tripping), 16:00.
3rd period - Silfverberg, ANA (slashing), 7:47.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
ANA - Berra 42 40
SJ - Jones 30 28
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
ANA 10 13 7 0 30
SJ 6 13 20 3 42
Power Play Conversion
ANA 0 of 2
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Joonas Donskoi
Reto Berra
Martin Jones
SAP Center - 17,257
Referees: Luxmore, Hanson. Linesmen: Miller, Amell.
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