By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks hosted the first place San Jose Sharks. John Gibson was in net for Anaheim and Martin Jones went for San Jose. Sami Vatanen was a scratch for Anaheim as he was sick. Korbinian Holzer drew in for him.
The Sharks opened the scoring this game with a controversial goal by Paul Martin. Logan Couture was driving toward the net and collided with John Gibson. The initial call on the ice was a goal and Randy Carlyle decided not to challenge it so the call stood. It appeared that Couture was pushed from behind, which may have been the reason Carlyle elected not to use his challenge so early in the game. Click the video below to see a replay of the goal.
The Ducks would answer back in the beginning of this period with a hard working goal by Ondrej Kase. Anaheim had the puck down low next to the San Jose net and a mad scramble ensued. Eventually, the puck came to Kase who backhanded it under Martin Jones. The score remained tied at one for most of the period. Melker Karlsson would give the Sharks a one-goal lead again. Joel Ward was driving up ice and threw the puck toward the center of the ice in front of Gibson. Karlsson redirected the puck which took a short hop and ended up getting past Gibson. Sharks led 2-1 after two periods.
The Ducks would eventually tie the game with a little over six minutes to go. Ryan Kesler took a shot just inside the blueline which was deflected and came right to Jakob Silfverberg, who redirected between Jones’ leg pads for the five-hole score. The score was tied at two and remained that way after 60 minutes of play.
In the extra session, Ryan Getzlaf tried to make a pass that didn’t connect and sprung the Sharks on the counter account. Brent Burns would get the puck in front and beat Gibson for the game winner. The Ducks remain winless in overtime with a record of 0-6. They are 1-1 in shootouts this season.
The Ducks go on the road to Calgary to face the Flames on Thursday at 6 PM PT.
Click below for all the highlights of the game.
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December 28, 2016