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Burns shines in his 1000th game
Sharks beat Anaheim to end home stand
12/27/18 - By Mike Lee -

Brent Burns is no kid. His 1000th NHL game is proof. The Sharks defenseman skated in his milestone game on Thursday night on home ice and capped it with the game winning goal to help San Jose snap a three-game losing streak. Burns helped the Sharks overcome a lost 3rd period lead with a go-ahead shot with 9:39 to play. The Sharks would score an empty netter late to take a 4-2 decision over the Anaheim Ducks.

The game wasn't a must win situation for San Jose, but the Ducks trailed the Sharks by a mere 2 points entering play. The win provided a little buffer as the season heads to the dog days following the holidays. San Jose had misfired on three straight chances on home ice in the last week, but they gathered themselves against another Pacific Division opponent.

Burns was the man of the hour, but a pair of Swedes played big roles in this one. Melker Karlsson turned in what was probably his best game of the season, recording a goal, and a big hit to go along with 3 shots on goal. Marcus Sorensen also was a factor. The youngster also chipped in a goal and was a nuisance to the Ducks all night.

Sorensen's night started off precariously when he was sent off after retaliating to a fore arm shiver that he took the back of the head by cross checking Brandon Montour at 9:30 of the opening period. Anaheim was rewarded for their thuggery when Jakob Silfverberg deposited a power play goal for his 10th tally of the season. Nick Ritchie threw the puck on net from the left point, bouncing the puck off Martin Jones. Silfverberg grabbed the loose puck and tucked it around the left post as Jones tried reaching back to get his paddle on the puck.

Karlsson tied the game at 1-1 with 1:55 left in the period, pushing a Joonas Donskoi feed across the goal line for his 4th goal of the season. Donskoi was relegated to the 4th line prior to the game for his lack of offense, but the young Finnish forward did all the work on the goal, fighting off Jake Dotchin as he circled from behind the Ducks net with the puck and sliding a backhand feed out to the front of the net where Karlsson was there to cash in on goaltender John Gibson.

Gibson failed to make the opening bell in the 2nd period, and was replaced by Chad Johnson.

Sorensen staked the Sharks to the 2-1 lead 5:44 into the period with his 7th goal of the season. Joe Pavelski carried the puck in tight and tried to jam a shot past Johnson with both feet in the crease. Sorensen swooped in from the right side and swept the puck home.

Jones made the save of the game with 2 minutes left in the period, stoning Andrew Cogliano with a wave of the glove after the Ducks centerman pumped a shot from the right side. Jones followed that up with a gaff that almost cost the Sharks a goal. Playing the puck from the right corner, Jones tried to fire the puck around the end boards, but ended up bouncing off the side of this net with a Ducks skater right in from of the goal mouth.

Luckily for San Jose, Jones' pass skittered away from danger, allowing the Sharks to take their slim one-goal lead into the 2nd break.

That lead would evaporate 3:53 into the 3rd period when Kiefer Sherwood bounced a shot off Jones and into the Sharks goal. The Ducks winger found himself with a deflection while situated on the left side of the slot. Jones got a piece of Sherwood's shot, but it carried enough energy to push across the goal line.

Burns helped San Jose reclaim the lead 6 minutes later when he ripped a shot form the right point that evaded Johnson. Karlsson and Josh Manson jostled for position at the top of the crease, screening the shot from Johnson's view. The blast caught twine just inside the left post for Burn's 5th goal of the season.

The Ducks thought the puck had clipped the netting above the glass earlier in the possession, and Silfverberg earned a trip to the penalty box for unsportsmanlike conduct after voicing his displeasure for the lack of attention by referees Graham Skilliter and Brad Meier.

Andrej Kase just missed re-tying the game with 1:45 left in regulation when his shot clanked off the left post. The Ducks pulled Johnson with 70 seconds left in regulation. Tomas Hertl obliged with an empty-net goal cap the win.

Game Notes:

* Barclay Goodrow earned the game's 3rd star with a 3 assist night. The Sharks forward played big time minutes when the Sharks needed them.

* Erik Karlsson served the back end of his two game suspension and will be eligible to return to the lineup on Saturday when the Sharks travel to Edmonton to take on the Oilers.

* Evander Kane had another disappointing night. The big off season signing did little to contribute to the Sharks win and muffed a breakaway chance in the 2nd period. Kane has done little over the last two weeks other than his performance against the Winnipeg Jets.

* Logan Couture was another big money forward who continues to wallow in obscurity. The centerman had 1 shot on goal and did little to generate much pressure on Gibson or Johnson.

* Jacob Larsson was the only Duck to finish with a plus rating.


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1 2 3 T
ANA 1 0 1 2
SJ 1 1 2 4
1st period - 1, ANA, Silfverberg 10 (Ritchie, Mahura), 10:33, (pp). 2, SJ, M. Karlsson 4 (Donskoi, Goodrow), 18:05.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Sorensen 7 (Pavelski, Ryan), 5:44.
3rd period - 4, ANA, Sherwood 5 (Manson), 3:53. 5, SJ, Burns 5 (Dillon, Goodrow), 10:21. 6, SJ, Hertl 13 (Goodrow, Vlasic), 19:37, (en).
1st period - Vlasic. SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 4:23; Silfverberg, ANA (tripping), 5:59; Sorensen, SJ (cross checking), 9:30.
2nd period - Larsson, ANA (cross checking), 6:10; M. Karlsson, SJ (slashing), 9:03; Sprong. ANA (roughing), 16:10; Simek, SJ (roughing), 16:10; Goodrow, SJ (slashing), 18:23.
3rd period - Silfverberg, ANA (unsporstmanlike conduct), 10:21.
Shots Saves
ANA - Gibson 16 15
ANA - Johnson 22 20
ANA - empty net 1 0
SJ - Jones 27 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ANA 12 8 7 27
SJ 16 11 12 39
Power Play Conversion
ANA 1 of 4
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Melker Karlsson
Barclay Goodrow
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: Skilliter, Meier. Linesmen: Gawryletz, Galloway.
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