By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks battled in close hard fought game. Ultimately San Jose would score first and then score late again to win 2-0.
The Ducks came out strong to start the game by registering the first four shots on goal against Martin Jones. About five minutes into the game the Ducks earned a power play when Joe Pavelski was called for boarding. The Ducks were able to get three shots during the power play, but Jones was equal to the task. The Sharks started to make a push in the second half of the period and Frederik Andersen was ready, stopping all of San Jose’s 13 shots. There was no score at the end of the period and shots favored San Jose 13-9.
In this period San Jose came out strong with the first three shots, but Andersen blocked everything. Both teams battled back and forth exchanging chancing. Jones and Andersen turned this game into a goalie duel. At one point late in the second, the Ducks were pinned in their zone and could not make a line change for a few minutes. The Ducks were to finally clear the zone and get another line on the ice. In looked like the teams would go to the locker with no score again, but in the final minute the Sharks made three consecutive shots on Andersen with the third shot by Patrick Marleau beating him. San Jose lead 1-0 after two periods and the shots were 15-14 in favor of Anaheim in this period.
San Jose had the momentum as they put pressure on the Ducks early in the third. The Sharks outshot the Ducks early 6-1, but Andersen kept it a one goal game. With about five minutes left in the game Marleau would score again on a wrap around that snuck under Andersen’s leg pad. San Jose had a 2-0 lead. With about three minutes left Mike Santorelli was called for hooking, which basically ended any come back chance for the Ducks. Final score 2-0 Sharks. They outshot the Ducks 17-3 in the final period.
1. Shots: The Ducks were out shot 44-27 in the game. They need to work on the cycle and getting more pucks to the net. They need to limit the opponent’s chances better.
2. Traffic: The Ducks have several big players on the team, but failed to use them to set up screens and make Jones have a difficult time seeing the puck.
3. Energy: Anaheim came out strong in the first period and had some good opportunities in the second. In the third period they couldn’t seem to sustain a good forecheck or create many scoring chances.
4. Face-offs: The Ducks did win the face-off battle 32 to 26. Ryan Getzlaf did well winning 14 of 21. Ryan Kesler won 60% of his draws. The team feels they can improve even more once they get used to the new face-off rules.