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VIDEO: Ducks Sink Sharks In Shootout
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks traveled to NoCal to face the San Jose Sharks. Head Coach Dallas Eakins went back to the traditional 12 forward/6 defensemen lineup. Anthony Stolarz got the start in net against Kaapo Kahkonen.
The Sharks would answer right back with a goal by Erik Karlsson. He would then score again on a deflection to make it 2-1 San Jose in a matter of 23 seconds.
Anaheim would then respond back. Isac Lundestrom took the puck behind the San Jose net and then skated around on the other side until he spotted a streaking Frank Vatrano, who hammered the pass home for the tying score.
Henrique wasn’t done in the period as he scored in the final seconds. Trevor Zegras got the puck to Henrique, who did the rest beating the defender to the net and then capping the rush off with a backhand shot just under the cross bar for the goal.
Max Jones was called for a penalty early in the second period and the Sharks scored with the extra man to tie things up at three.
Then an unlucky thing happened. Jakob Silfverberg knocked the puck away from Timo Meier, but it went in on net and past Stolarz. The teams headed to the third period all tied up at four.
San Jose pulled the goalie with about three minutes to go and Karlsson scored to tie the game with 2:12 left in the game. Bonus hockey would be needed to determine a winner.
Overtime and Shootout
The Ducks had a power play in the extra session, but they couldn’t score to end the game. In the shootout, Zegras and Terry both made nice moves to fake out Kahkonen and score. Logan Couture scored the loan goal in the shootout for the Sharks. Ducks took the shootout and the game 6-5.
It was a wild start to this game as the Ducks took the early lead, but then saw it disappear in a matter of seconds. Then Henrique took the team on his back and scored twice to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead at the end of the period.
The teams exchanged goals in the second and it looked like the Ducks might go to the locker up 4-3, but then an unlucky break happened. Silfverberg tried to make a defensive play and accidentally shot the puck into the Anaheim net. The Ducks nearly earned their first relegation win as they were up by one with a few minutes left in the game, but Karlsson scored to force overtime.
The Ducks have put two wins together and continue to make small steps in the right direction. It was great to see Henrique and Comtois score as they both has been quit offensively so far this season. Karlsson did run free in this game and earned a hat trick, but the Ducks were still able to over come that and earn the two points in the shootout.
The Ducks face the Canucks in Vancouver at 7 PM.
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November 2nd, 2022