The Ducks went back to work in the third period but couldn’t find the back of the net, losing the game 3-2. San Jose, in fact, won the game without the assist from Perry.
Derek Stepan scored the game winning goal in overtime. The Sharks finished with another 1-5 record. Ryan Smyth has now scored three goals despite not playing since the 2nd game of the season. He did score the third of his four in the game but wasn’t there to complete the comeback and even failed to stop a shot that would’ve been the game-winner.
#23 Ducks - 5/31/13 - The Ducks are 5-0-0 on the road. It was a much needed one to start out the season and an important first win. The Anaheim Ducks will be playing their home opener tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. Here’s what happened.
The Ducks were out played and out hustled for much of the night. While they’ve had a lot of success in San Jose, this one was more consistent play from the Ducks than in most other games. The Ducks had the same number of shots but were only able to get 30% or less on them. The Sharks were able to hold this one close but couldn’t get over the hump.
The Ducks have the most shots in the league and they’re getting shots on goal, but the Sharks have a 4th leading with 17. In fact, the closest they come to scoring is the Sharks score in the last minute of the game when one of these guys goeth out.
The Ducks’ goal in the 3rd period was important. They set a 4-3 lead and only needed one player to get a shot on net to win. Instead, none of those guys got a shot on net.
The game was more competitive at the other point in the game, but the difference the Ducks made was enough to come back from a 2-0 deficit to win. Sharks goalie Martin Jones also made some great saves. It’s the reason the Sharks are having much success going back to San Jose these days. They don’t have to throw everything at the net every shift. They are relying more on the defense rather than the forwards.
The Sharks and Ducks are heading into a game three time next week and if the Ducks lose they stay in the same place they were in the second half of the season. Even if the Sharks finish better than they were in the first two rounds, they have to keep building momentum to even have a chance at making the playoffs.
That gets us to our last game of the week, Anaheim vs San Jose. A game that the Ducks will only need to win if they want to start on top of the Pacific Division.
The Ducks will face off against the Sharks tonight at 7pm MT at SAP Center. The game can be seen on Altitude. Here’s the key:
Ducks’ game Thursday - 5/31/13 - 2 points, 2 games, 4/1/13 - 2 points, 4/4/13 - 2 points, 4/11/13 - 1 point, 4/25/13 - 1 point, 5/2/13 - 3 points, 5/9/13 - 2 points, 5/16/13 - 2 points, 5/23/13 - 1 point, 5/30/13 - 2 points, 6/7/13 - 3 points, 6/14/13 - 3 points Anaheim’s Game Tuesday - 6/3/13 - 2 points, 4/4/13 - 2 points, 4/11/13 - 2 points, 4/8/13 - 2 points, 4/17/13 - 1 point, 4/25/13 - 1 point, 4/31/13 - 1 point, 5/7/13 - 1 point, 5/14/13 - 1 point, 5/21/13 - 2 points, 5/28/13 - 2 points San Jose’s Game Thursday - 6/3/13 - 2 points, 4/4/13 - 2 points, 4/11/13 - 2 points, 4/8/13 - 2 points, 4/17/13 - 1 point, 4/25/13 - 1 point, 4/31/13 - 1 point, 5/7/13 - 1 point, 5/14/13 - 1 point