The Anaheim Ducks won in a shootout in the Shark Tank when they faced the San Jose Sharks. This was the second time in this season that these two teams meet, there are 2 remaining games in the season where the Ducks take on the Sharks, they will meet again in the pond of Ducks on January 21, 2018.
With this being a back-to-back game coach Randy Carlyle to give Gibson a break which means Reto Berra, the Anaheim Ducks call Berra “Yogi” gets his first NHL career start in net for the Ducks.
According to the Anaheim Ducks. “In his first start as a Duck, veteran goaltender Reto Berra answered the bell with 40 saves through regulation and overtime and stopped six of nine in a thrilling nine-round shootout the give the Ducks their first three-game winning streak of the season.
As we all know Cam Fowler expected to play in a game was this week and he started off his week with being one of the defenders in the lineup when the Anaheim Ducks took on the San Jose Sharks.
It normally is brutal for the Ducks when they play at SAP Arena but there is one Duck that loves playing in this building and that is no other than Corey Perry. He is the player on the Anaheim Ducks that gets “booed” a lot, apparently he is a well hated player to the Sharks but Perry loves it and it is more of a motivation for him and that paid off for the Ducks tonight.
The Ducks start the game in the tank on a bumpy not so good start. San Jose Sharks Goal. It’s Joonas Donskoi with the goal, he got a breakaway when Dennis Rasmussen turned over the puck.
Click here to watch the Sharks goal: Shark’s five-hole goal
Dun… dun… dun… And the Ducks are on a power-play thanks to Justin Brown, he is off to the penalty box for holding Rickard Rakell. Bummer. The Sharks killed their first penalty kill of the night.
The Ducks head into the locker room trailing by 1. The Sharks are in the lead 1-0. The Ducks need to come into the second period motivated and ready for the “boos” come rolling in on the Ducks and especially on Corey Perry who loves that sound whenever the Ducks are at SAP Arena.
Almost every time that Corey Perry stepped out on the ice or did a certain thing he got ‘booed’ continually throughout the period, I’m sure he was loving every second of it.
Dun… Dun… Dun… The ‘boos’ just got really loud…What does that mean? ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!! SCORED BY THE #10 COREY PERRY!!!!
Reto Berra or Yogi as the team likes to call him, he has been making some incredible saves to help keep us in the game. Rock solid saves.
The Ducks go on the power-play again with Kevin Labanc heading to the penalty box for hooking Hampus Lindholm. It wasn’t until the power-play expired was when ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!!!!!! Assisted by #10 Corey Perry and #26 Brandon Montour!!!!!!!
Click here to see the Goal by Rakell: Rakell Capitalizes from a rebound
The San Jose Sharks go on their first power-play of the night when Josh Manson is sent to the penalty box for hooking Joonas Donskoi. Penalty Killed. Nothing happened during that power-play, the Ducks made sure of that.
With just 4 minutes remaining in the period, the San Jose Sharks go on another power play. Chris Wagner is off to the penalty box for tripping Timo Meier. Penalty Killed. The Ducks have denied the Sharks from capitalizing on the power play.
Looking much better as the Ducks head to the locker room with the 2-1 lead over the San Jose Shark who now are the ones that are trailing by 1.
After almost 8 minutes of skating and generating shots on goal, neither team capitalized on. Jakob Silverberg is sent to the penalty box for slashing Joe Thorton. Another penalty killed by the Anaheim Ducks.
Dun… Dun… Dun… San Jose Sharks Goal. It’s Joonas Donskoi with the goal. He made a way for the bouncing puck to make it to the back of the net.
Click to see the Sharks tie game goal: Donskoi’s 2nd goal
Due to this being a back-to-back game the Ducks were failing to clear the zone which means that a large portion of the period was indeed spent in the Anaheim zone.
With the clock winding down and still tied at 2-2, the Ducks and Sharks will go into a 5 minute 3-on-3 overtime period.
With just a few minutes the Ducks head to the bench to come up with a game plan to capitalize in overtime or to just find a way to get it to overtime.
Time for Overtime:
Basically, the 5-minute overtime period was a lot of skating, turning the puck over way too many times, and shots on goal that were fired wide, fired too high and shots that got swallowed up by goaltenders Reto Berra and Max Jones. With both teams unable to score in overtime, it is up to the netminders now because it is now time to start the shootout rounds. The big question always is who is going to be selected to take the shot.
The Anaheim Ducks won the game, but they did have to go through 9 shootout rounds to get the win and the 2 points.
Here is how the Shootout went:
Sharks: Logan Couture- X
Ducks: Corey Perry- GOAL!!!!
Sharks: Joe Pavelski- X
Ducks: Rickard Rakell- X
Sharks: Joonas Donskoi- GOAL
Ducks: Jakob Silverberg- X
Sharks: Brent Burns- GOAL
Ducks: Cam Fowler- GOAL
Sharks: Kevin Labanc- X
Ducks: Kevin Roy- X
Sharks: Tim Heed- GOAL
Ducks: Brandon Montour- GOAL
Sharks: Daniel O’Regan- X
Ducks: Logan Shaw- X
Sharks: Chris Tierney- X
Ducks: Josh Manson- X
Sharks: Thomas Hertl- X
Ducks: Antoine Vermette- GOAL
Click here to see Antoine Vermette’s Game Winning Goal: Vermette scores in shootout-GWG
Antoine Vermette has the Game Winning Goal in the ninth round of shootouts the Anaheim Ducks defeat the vicious Sharks at the SAP arena. With that goal, Vermette single handedly gave the Ducks the 3-game consecutive winning streak
Thanks to Antoine Vermette the Anaheim Ducks came out of the Shark Tank alive and well and with a 3-2 game win. The Ducks had to go all the to a shootout to win this one at SAP Arena.
Thoughts on the game from Anaheim Ducks players and coaches:
Antoine Vermette (on shootout game-winning goal): I started a little quicker and then I slowed down, changed sides and saw how he was going to react.
Reto Berra (on the game): I’m really happy. At the end, that’s a big two points here. I feel really welcomed here in this group. The guys are awesome, helped me a lot to stay positive. It was a tough start and a good chance that they scored on , but after that I get better and better into the game. I stayed calm, I stayed big.
Reto Berra (on the 9 shootout rounds): It was a long one. I just tried to stay with it, even if they scored. They scored on the same move all the time, but it doesn’t matter. I just kept going, tried to get a read, tried to be big and patient, and it worked out at the end.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Ret Berra and the organization): That’s the depth of your organization. Goaltending, people would say it’s the most critical one. You don’t know how important it is until you don’t have it. Reto tonight stood tall for us, earned us the extra point. Again, good person, he’s worked hard. It’s good to see. He’s a good teammate. It’s good to see those kind of things happen for him. We sure are thankful he’s part of our organization.
Photo by San Jose Sharks
Thoughts on the game from San Jose Sharks players and coaches:
Joe Pavelski (on Joonas Donskoi’s performance): He’s one of the guys who has driven our team and stepped up. Tonight was a huge game by him. You could see it right from the start. He had legs, he wanted to play the puck, and it continued all night
Joonas Donskoi (on the game): We’ve got a lot of good players in this room. After last year, I was really looking to bounce back. We have a lot of young guys who have a chance to play a bigger role.
Head Coach Peter DeBoer (on Donskoi’s bounce-back season): It’s great to have him back. We missed him last year. That’s the guy we saw two years ago.
The Ducks will return to Honda Center with a victory and their first 3-game winning streak that they will take into when the Ducks play the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, this will be the first game of the regular season that these two teams will meet.
I would like for the Ducks to continue their winning streak and give the Golden Knights everything that they got to come out on top. Anaheim Ducks vs. Vegas Golden Knights coming up next…
LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Source: Kyle Shohara- “Recap: Berra Shines in Thrilling 3-2 Shootout Victory in San Jose”
Source: Eric Gilmore- “Ducks Defeat Sharks in nine-round shootout”
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