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Sharks pluck Ducks again
SJ wins three in a row for the first time this season
3/13/21 - By Mike Lee -

The wins have been far and few between for the San Jose Sharks this season, so any chance to string together three wins in a row is big news. Granted, two of those three came against a depleted Anaheim Ducks hockey team, but the Sharks aren't going to get picky. The Sharks followed up their big 6-0 win over Anaheim 24 hours earlier, with a 3-1 victory at Honda Center to take all four points in their quick stop in Southern California.

San Jose spread out their scoring, bagging goals in each of the three periods, and leaned on goaltender Martin Jones, who turned in a 26 save performance to earn his 8th win of the season. Jones got the call after Devyn Dubnyk's shutout performance one night earlier.

Jones was steady Eddie in net, playing a more controlled game that resulted in stops that should have been made, and saves that leaned on Jones skill.

Evander Kane gave the Sharks another 1st period lead, when he scooped up an errant Rickard Rakell pass that Ben Hutton couldn't handle, and raced up ice before whipping a shot past goaltender Ryan Miller. Kane unleashed his shot just as he crossed into the left circle, beating Miller to the low glove side.

Jones bailed out his teammates with 7 minutes left in the period, when the Ducks jumped a pass in their own zone while trying to kill an Isac Lundestrom hooking penalty. Anaheim raced up ice 2-on-1 before Danton Heinen snapped a shot from the slot that Jones snatched with a waving glove.

Jones got some help from his right post later in the period when Max Comtois rifled a shot from the slot that caught iron.

Max Jones tied the game 5:38 into the 2nd period after a puck lifted over Radim Simek as the Sharks were pressing in the Ducks zone. Jones raced past Simek up the right wing then snapped a shot from the side boards, beating Martin Jones with a snipe to the upper left corner of the net.

The Sharks had three power play chances in the opening frame, but unlike Friday night's game, they couldn't convert on the man advantage. San Jose surrendered a pair of power play chances themselves, but neither team could make use of the advantage.

San Jose responded immediately when Kevin Labanc scored his second goal in as many nights. The Sharks forward one-timed a Tomas Hertl feed from the bottom of the left dot. Hertl carried the puck around the right post from the end boards and sent a blind pass to the Labanc for the quick about face shot that helped San Jose reclaim the lead.

Dylan Gambrell gave the Sharks a little breathing room with his first goal in over a year 2:07 into the 3rd period. The Sharks pursued the puck deep in the Anaheim zone, using a strong forecheck to retain possession. Gambrell punched home a shot from in tight after the puck worked its way to the low slot.

Anaheim couldn't generate the pressure to challenge Jones. Evidence of their struggles culminated with a 4-on-1 break in the 3rd period that was squashed with the Ducks went offside on the advantage.

Game Notes:

* Logan Couture sustained a pair of hits in the 2nd period that took their toll. The Sharks captain missed a few shifts as he tried to gather himself. He played the entire 3rd period.

* Evander Kane and Kevin Labanc may never want to leave Anaheim. Both scored goals in both games of the 24 hour stop in Southern California.

* Evander Kane led the Sharks with 7 shots on goal. Matt Nieto added 6 shots on goal, including a shorthanded chance in the 3rd period that clanked off the crossbar.

* Mario Ferraro was a +2 and had an assist on Labanc's goal. Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl were also +2

* Kurtis Gabriel led San Jose with 7 hits in the game. The Sledghammer has been putting his money where his mouth is, with solid play since cracking the lineup.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 1 3
ANA 0 1 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Kane 11 (unassisted), 6:16.
2nd period - 2, ANA, Jones 4 (Shattenkirk), 5:38. 3, SJ, Labanc 7 (Hertl, Ferraro), 6:33.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Gambrell 1 (Donato, Leonard), 2:07.
1st period - Hakanpaa, ANA (tripping), 2:44; Marleau, SJ (tripping), 4:14; Mahura, ANA (slashing), 6:51; Lundestrom, ANA (hooking), 11:11; Gabriel, SJ (slashing), 16:55.
2nd period - Fowler, ANA (holding), 16:15.
3rd period - Knyzhov, SJ (holding), 10:07.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 27 26
ANA - Miller 33 30
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 14 11 33
ANA 7 9 11 27
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 4
ANA 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Logan Couture
Martin Jones
Honda Center - no attendance
Referees: Rehman, Walsh. Linesmen: Gawryletz, Knorr.

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