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Sharks win one in regulation
San Jose knocks off Ducks 3-2 on home ice
2/15/21 - By Mike Lee -

Regulation wins have been as rare as fans this season for San Jose, but the Sharks put together a feisty 2nd period that potted a pair of goals en route to a 3-2 win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center on Monday night. Martin Jones played well enough to earn a shutout, but a pair of own goals by the Sharks defense was the only blemishes on an otherwise productive game for the Sharks.

San Jose is chasing everyone in the Western Division, so securing points in the standing without allowing the opposition to book points via a win, overtime loss or shootout loss helped the Sharks to gain some ground in the division.

The Sharks staked the Ducks to an early 1-0 lead just 50 seconds into the contest when a puck deflected off Mario Ferraro's skate and slid through Martin Jones' pads. Sam Steel raced up the right wing and was the last Duck to touch the puck before Ferraro scored on his own goal.

Anaheim had the Sharks on their heels in the first 5 minutes of the contest, but San Jose was able to hold off the Ducks. They would benefit from a botched call midway through the period.

Ducks forward Max Comtois was sent off for what the officials believed was a puck over the glass, but replays showed that Anaheim should not have been penalized. The Sharks cashed in on the subsequent power play when John Leonard deposited his first career NHL goal. Leonard snapped a shot from the top of the right circle as Ryan Donato impeded Ducks goaltender John Gibson's vision by parking himself at the top of the crease.

Kevin Labanc made an appearance on the score sheet after a long absence, when he banked a shot off Gibson from behind the end line4:48 into the 2nd period. The Sharks forward gathered a rebound off his own shot that bounced off the end boards before he threw the puck at Gibson as he sailed past the right post. The puck hit Gibson in the right arm, deflecting into the Ducks goal for Labanc's 2nd goal of the season.

Logan Couture scored his team leading 7th goal of the season 11:15 into the period, when he stepped in front of a Ryan Getzlaf pass out of the left corner then snapped a shot from the bottom of the left circle. The puck beat Gibson through the 5-hole, and gave the Sharks an unfamiliar 2nd period lead.

Ferraro's night got worse early in the 3rd period when he deflected yet another puck past his own goaltender to cut the Sharks lead to 3-2. Max Comtois sent a puck to the front of the net where Ferraro stabbed at, lifting it over Jones at the 2:00 minute mark of the frame. The goal was Comtois' 7th of the season.

The Ducks pulled Gibson with 2 minutes left in regulation, but an icing call forced them to reinsert him in net with 1:25 remaining. Anaheim couldn't establish any offensive push, even though the Sharks iced the puck three times themselves in that final 85 seconds.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks were without the services of defensemen Erik Karlsson and Radim Simek. Karlsson suffered a lower body injury in the 3rd period on Saturday. Simek is also on the mend after getting bounced off the glass on Saturday, followed by a cross check by Jonathan Marchessault. Frederik Claeson and Nicolas Meloche made their Sharks debuts in their place.

* Claeson logged 9:01 of ice time on 12 shifts and recorded a single shot, blocked shot and hit. Meloche logged 10:39 of ice time, logging 2 shots and a hit.

* Evander Kane appeared to suffer an injury to his left wrist or arm after he extended it and was hit up high midway through the 3rd period. Kane left the game but returned with 4 minutes left in regulation. Kane played a solid game, going +2 on the night.

* With Karlsson and Simek out, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were called on to log big minutes. Burns skated 26:46 and Vlasic added 24:45. Nikolai Knyzhov skated 21:41, which was significant given his rookie status.

* San Jose hop-scotched the LA Kings and Minnesota Wild in the standings, into the 6 spot in the Western Division. That will change tomorrow night as LA plays the Wild.


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1 2 3 T
ANA 1 0 1 2
SJ 1 2 0 3
1st period - 1, ANA, Steel 1 (Heinen, Silfverberg), 0:50. 2, SJ, Leonard 1 (Ferraro, Meier), 9:43, (pp).
2nd period - 3, SJ, Labanc 2 (Kane), 4:48. 4, SJ, Couture 7 (unassisted), 11:15.
3rd period - 5, ANA, Comtois 7 (Rakell, Fowler), 2:00.
1st period - Comtois, ANA (delay of game - puck over glass), 8:02.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Couture, SJ (hooking), 4:57; Shattenkirk, ANA (holding), 7:35.
Shots Saves
ANA - Gibson 29 26
SJ - Jones 28 26
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ANA 15 4 9 28
SJ 10 13 6 29
Power Play Conversion
ANA 0 of 1
SJ 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Logan Couture
Kevin Labanc
John Leonard
SAP Center - no attendees
Referees: South, Charron. Linesmen: Racisot, Gawryletz.

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