Sad to say but the Ducks barely survived in the sea of Sharks in the SAP Arena… The Ducks held on but fell through in the 6 shootout rounds in the game with the Sharks.
The Anaheim Ducks gave John Gibson the night off and so do you know what that means or what time it is? It’s Miller Miller Miller time! The Ducks have goalie Ryan Miller in net for the Ducks vs. Sharks game. The Anaheim Ducks will need to find a way to get pucks past Martin Jones, the starting goalie for the San Jose Sharks.
The Ducks decided to give Francois Beauchemin the night off, I think it is because they don’t want him playing those back-to-back games. This time off gives him some rest time and to get himself prepared for the Ducks vs. Kings game on Tuesday night. One of the Anaheim Ducks rival teams.
If you were to compare the Ducks vs. Predators game with the Ducks vs. Sharks game, there are a few things that the Ducks did differently in the Sharks game. The Ducks were way more competitive, went to the next level of being more physical, and they were much better on the defensive side of the game. I think that they improved very well, although I do think that the Ducks can still improve and get better and better on the offensive side of the game. That way the Ducks will continue to get better and better on both the offensive and defensive side of the game. Also, I think that the Ducks should work on perfecting face-offs so the centers don’t end up having to leave the face-off circle. I’m not a coach, but I have played sports and all my coaches said there is always room for improvement and that is what the Ducks do every time they step on out onto the ice whether it is in a game, practice, or the morning skates.
With about 7 minutes into the game the ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!! IT’S COREY PERRY WITH THE GOAL IN HIS 900TH NHL GAME!!!!! Corey Perry gets a clean breakaway with a pass by Derek Grant and Martin Jones’ five-hole was wide open and there was no way of stopping that puck from going into the net.
With the Anaheim Ducks being more physical in this game that physicality does come with penalties and that is what the Ducks received and there is always the pushing, shoving and hits where the Ducks took it to the next level. Antoine Vermette headed off to the penalty box for holding Joe Pavelski, that call that the officials made was completely ridiculous if you ask me. Thomas Hertl just shoves Bieska pretty hard and wanted to get something started but Kevin Bieska says NO and just simply backs off because he didn’t want to get anything started. Nick Ritchie is sent off to the penalty box for slashing Kevin Labanc.
Ryan Miller was square to the puck and that made him look good and aware of what the general direction of where the puck would be coming from. Ryan Miller had so many amazing glove and pad saves in the period which is why the Ducks head into the locker room with the lead 1-0 Ducks.
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In the second period the Ducks goaltender just looked comfortable and made being a goalie look so simple and easy, but there has to be lots of work put in to be such a good goalie that he is.
The physicality continued in the second, and even Corey Perry showed his physical abilities with a big hit on Brenden Dillon and he just crashes down all the way down to the ice with that one hit from Perry- NO CALL MADE ON THE HIT. Even Logan Shaw takes part in the physical aspect of the game when he mixes things up with Thomas Hertl. It was like rage from a duck that just attacked the sharks and everyone knows that sharks are vicious animals. Kevin Bieska exchanged some words with a very angry shark, Timo Meier.
With Ryan Miller holding the fort down in the Anaheim zone, he denied the Sharks from scoring a goal in the second period. So the Anaheim Ducks head to the locker room in the lead 1-0 Ducks. The San Jose Sharks will probably come into the third hungry and looking for blood to score and maybe win it in the third
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This game is continuing the physicality, and it is a great part of hockey. The shoving and hiting and penalties just keep on flowing throughout the third period. It seemed to all start after the first penalty of the period. Jaycob Megna is on his way to the penalty box for hooking. Kevin Bieska shoves Brent Burns hard into the boards- NO CALL WAS MADE. A few big hits by Nick Ritchie, he has been physical tonight.
Half-way through the third there is a huge pileup in the Anaheim zone right in front of the net, players tring to push the puck in or shoot it away from the net but somehow Ryan Miller found that little puck and covered it up.
Another penalty, but this time it is Dylan DeMelo heading off to the penalty box for a cross-checking Antoine Vermette. Once the Ducks power play ended the San Jose Sharks goal. It’s Joel Ward with the goal with the bad bounce get the puck to go right past Miller.
Game is tied and with time winding down and both goalies doing what they can to stop each puck. This Ducks vs. Sharks game is going into overtime afer 60 minutes of regulation.
Since the Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks were unable to score in overtime it all comes down to the shootout rounds.
Shootouts are always a mystery to me because I am wondering which players that the coaches will choose to take the shot on the goalies in the shootout rounds.
Ducks and Sharks head into the 6 Shootout rounds and here is how it went:
Ducks: Corey Perry- X
Sharks: Joe Pavelski- GOAL- with a five-hole goal
Ducks: Rickard Rakell- GOAL
Sharks: Logan Couture- X
Ducks: Ondrej Kase- X
Sharks: Tim Heed- X
Ducks: Jakob Silverberg- X
Sharks: Brent Burns- X
Ducks: Nick Ritchie- X
Sharks: Kevin Labanc- X
Ducks: Brandon Montour- X
Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks and coaches:
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the game): I thought we were engaged in the game right from the opening face-off. This is a hard building to come into. They really like to come at you in the first five to ten minutes and try to take the momentum. They have a robust fan base that keeps them energized. I thought we did a good job keeping them out of that.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Ryan Miller): He gave us a chance. That’s all you can ask of your goaltender. He was outstanding in net for us. We lost the shootout, but we still got a point off a back-to-back in a really tough situation. We weren’t very proud of our 60 minutes of hockey last night. We only felt we played 40, but tonight I felt we played 60 minutes-plus.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on San Jose’s game-tying goal): They got a fortuitous bounce. It hit the corner of the rink and came back into the middle and it was a play we actually had designed, normally that’s the right play and they got a 2-on-1 out of it. We could have played the 2-on-1 better.
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Thoughts from the San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones:
Martin Jones (on the game): I thought we played really well tonight. If you look at the really high-quality scoring chances I think you can count them on one hand for the ones we gave up. It was a really solid game for us. We could have run away with that one if [Ryan] Miller doesn’t play the way he does.
LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Source: Kyle Shohara-“Recap: Ducks Earn Point in 2-1 Shootout Loss on Milestone Evening”
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Source- Eric Gilmore- “Sharks defeat Ducks in shootout for fourth straight win”