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Game 2: Ducks Look To Tie Up Series
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks square off with the San Jose Sharks tonight for Game 2 at 7:30 PM PT at Honda Center.
The Ducks dropped Game 1 as they were blanked by the Sharks. Penalties proved to be costly in the second period as the Ducks took two within about 15 seconds apart to give the Sharks a 5-on-3 power play. San Jose would convert on that power play and eventually build a 3-0 lead in the middle frame. The Ducks only had 13 shots through two periods and tried to turn up the heat in the third, but couldn’t get on the board.
Keys To The Game
The Ducks need to have a better start in this game. In the opening game, Anaheim only had four shots on net in the first period. The Sharks played a good defensive system blocking 20 shots by the Ducks. Anaheim needs to establish the forecheck and create better scoring opportunities. The Ducks also need to avoid the penalty box and play more discipline or it could be another long night.
Anaheim’s Projected Lineup:
John Gibson, 0-1-0, GAA 3.00, SV% .912 (Probable)
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San Jose’s Outlook:
The Sharks played a solid opening contest and were able to already steal one game on the road. A big second period provided all the scoring they needed as they beat the Ducks 3-0. Peter DeBoer must be a Stars Wars fan because he tried to play a Jedi mind trick during the warmups of Game 1 when he had Joe Thornton take the ice. Thornton didn’t play as expected, but DeBoer definitely caught the attention of the Ducks.
Keys To The Game
There isn’t much for San Jose to change to their script heading into Game 2. If San Jose can stick to their defensive system, then they could make life difficult again for Anaheim in this contest. They should, however, expect the Ducks to come out stronger and play better tonight.
San Jose’s Projected Lineup:
Martin Jones 1-0-0, GAA 0.00, SV% 1.000 (Probable)
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April 14th, 2018