A SWEDE Night at Honda Center as Ducks Spoil Sharks with the 4-3 OT Victory

2- Ducks vs Sharks Photo by NHL

It’s always a good time at Honda Center when the Ducks take on their rival up north. That’s right the Ducks look to continue play the role as spoilers and keep the San Jose on a losing streak.

Just as the Ducks have dealt with all season the Sharks have big key players out of the lineup due to injury (Joe Pavelski, Erik Karlsson, and Radim Simek) are all on the IR. There is one Shark (Logan Couture) who is a game time decision and got the nod to see if will get the chance to dine on some Ducks tonight.

The Sharks are not the only ones with injuries, Jacob Larsson (Charley horse), Brendan Guhle (upper-body) and Ryan Kesler (hip) who is most likely the one out of 3 players that won’t play in the last remaining games of the season.

With the injury to defensemen Larsson and Guhle the Ducks recalled defenseman Andy Welinski up from the San Diego Gulls while they are injured and will most likely go back to the Gulls when one of them draws back into the lineup.

As Murray is behind the bench evaluating the team he made a change that is very effective. He moved Silfverberg up to the top line with Rakell and Getzlaf, that’s right during the game there could be 3 Swedish players out on the ice and that sounds like some Swed magic out on the ice if you ask me.

Some keys to the game (provided by Guy Hubert and Kendell Coyne):

The up and coming rookies Troy Terry and Max Jones are noticeable with Jones’ speed and getting into any area to get the scoring chance. Max Jones is what I would call a young Corey Perry in the making. Terry’s becoming noticeable in a different way, he has good vision and can make good smart plays for the Ducks to capitalize on. Troy Terry is what I would call a young Ryan Getzlaf in the making. Over the years we have seen the matchup of Getzlaf and Perry and what they are capable of, now we have a young version of them and will most likely become a regular in the future of the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks are taking on the dangerous Brent Burns so the Ducks will need to stay on him and shutdown his scoring chances.

The Sharks played last night so the Ducks need to ware them down and get physical, play smart in front of the goalie and limit the second chances for them to score off of.

Speaking of physicality and protecting the net and pressuring the Sharks…

What time is it, who will be in net to take on and spoil the Sharks of getting the needed points for a playoff spot in the Pacific Division? There he is making his way to the Anaheim crease.

GIBBY- Knights on Ice Photo by Anaheim Ducks

That’s right it’s GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson is in net to spoil the Sharks chance of getting the 2 points. Even though the Ducks are out of the playoffs Gibson seems to have a good time with ruining other teams race to get into the playoffs. Gibson isn’t going to make it an easy win for them, he is going to make them work hard and even challenging to get on the board.

Game Highlights:

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The puck is dropped and the first period is underway…

The Ducks start this one on GIBBY TIME… John Gibson quickly gets across his crease to make a strong save and DENY Logan Couture of a real good scoring opportunity.

Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’s save on Couture

About 8 minutes into this one of the Swedes show the Swede side of life in Anaheim when… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! Jakob Silfverberg feeds the puck to Rickard Rakell, who roofs a quick shot over Aaron Dell, didn’t stand a chance to deny that Swed shot. The Sweds get the Ducks on the board first, it’s 1-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: SWED GOAL- Rakell goes top-shelf

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Josh Manson off to the penalty box for interference on Joonas Donskoi. He doesn’t like it but it was a good call. The Ducks stayed strong defended and pressuring the Sharks. Since it’s GIBBY TIME John Gibson DENIED every puck and chance that came his way… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

Less then 5 minutes remaining in the period the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Nick Ritchie off to the penalty box for hooking Melker Karlsson. The Sharks were attacking the net but each shot they fired was DENIED by John Gibson… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY just :20.1 seconds remaining in the period. It’s Brent Burns off to the penalty box for tripping Jakob Silfverberg. The horn sounds but the Ducks will be starting the second period with 1:40 remaining on their JMG POWER PLAY!!!

The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room with the 1-0 lead over the San Jose Sharks after 1 period of play. The Ducks with a strong start and Gibson playing on GIBBY TIME and being technically sound in net is why the Sharks are scoreless at the end of the first period. The Ducks were strong defending and applying pressure and playing smart in front of Gibson. The Ducks need to continue to play in the offensive zone and need to start the period that way since they have 1:40 remaining of a power play time.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…

The Anaheim Ducks start the period with 1:40 of a JMG POWER PLAY!!! With Burns in the box serving a tripping penalty on Silfverberg the Sharks will have to kill the penalty without the dangerous Brent Burns on the ice. The Sharks got one good chance but Melker Karlsson is DENIED by Gibson who comes up big to keep it out. The Ducks got shots generated but they couldn’t get past Dell and into the back of the net… penalty killed and the Sharks are back to full strength.

The Sharks are looking hungry 3 minutes into the middle frame and they go into attack mode to get on the board and with a good play they do just that… The San Jose Sharks Goal, it’s Kevin Labanc with the goal. Labanc get the puck from Marc-Edouard Vlasic and fires a wrist shot into the back of the net. There wasn’t much that Gibson could do about keeping that one out. Sharks tie is early in the second, it’s tied 1-1.

Click here to see: Sharks Goal #1

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Korbinian Holzer off to the penalty box for slashing Marcus Sorensen. Holzer doesn’t like the call because it didn’t look like anything on the replay. The Ducks applied a ton of pressure which limited the Sharks chances at Gibson and in fact they weren’t able to take a single shot on goal because of the Ducks having good control of the puck… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

It is known that Corey Perry is one of the most hated players and Justin Braun delivered a hit on Perry that shows hated players get what they deserve. Braun crushes Perry in front of the Ducks bench on the curved piece of glass and that hit probably felt like being hit hard or sandwiched by 2 Sharks players.

The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room tied 1-1 to the San Jose Sharks after 2 periods of play. This was a solid period and the Ducks just need to keep it up and get one past Dell to take the lead and taking away the points that the Sharks desperately need. The Ducks did well shutting down Brent Burns since he was only allowed one real good chance. It’s GIBBY TIME and John Gibson is technically sound and the crazy athletic saves and that will only continue though the rest of the game.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The is dropped and the third period is underway…

Minutes into the period then Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Joakim Ryan off to the penalty box for holding Rickard Rakell. The Ducks got to work on the power play and with a beautiful play made by the rookie… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!! A JMG POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #61 TROY TERRY!!! ASSISTED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! Troy Terry slides a pass to Adam Henrique, who taps the puck through the legs of Aaron Dell for a power-play goal. The Anaheim Ducks take the lead over the Sharks, it’s 2-1 Ducks.

Click here to see: POWER PLAY GOAL- Henrique taps in PPG

With the power play goal from Henrique the Sharks were unsuccessful in killing off the penalty to Ryan. The penalty has expired and the Sharks are back to full strength.

Now the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Devin Shore is off to the penalty box for slashing Joakim Ryan. That penalty turned to be a costly one for the Ducks… The San Jose Sharks Goal. It’s Joe Thornton who unleashes a shot that sneaks past John Gibson and it is swiped into the back of the net by Timo Meier past Gibson who wasn’t positioned to deny the rebound. The Sharks tie it, it’s tied 2-2.

Click here to see: Sharks Goal #2

The Ducks were unable to kill off that penalty since Thorton and Meier were in attack mode and they converted on their power play. The penalty has expired and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Hampus Lindholm is off to the penalty box for interference on Timo Meier. Lindholm cross-checked Meier who gets completely rocked with the hit by Lindholm. The Ducks stayed strong as one of the Beasts of the Anaheim Ducks sits in the box. The Ducks pressure and Gibson stands strong… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

With a little under 6-minutes to go in the period, the Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Melker Karlsson off to the penalty box for holding Adam Henrique. The Ducks made the Sharks feel the BURN as the Swed got to work on the power play… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! A JMG POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! ASSISTED BY THE #61 TROY TERRY!!! Henrique was in front with the screen that Dell didn’t even attempt to try to look around Henrique is a big part of Rickard Rakell getting it in off of Cam Fowler’s shot from up top and it’s hammered home. There was nothing Dell could do about that one. The Ducks take the lead once more, it’s 3-2 Ducks.

Click here to see: SWED GOAL- RickRakAttack with the PPG

The Swede converts on the power play to get his second goal of the game on the power play that the Sharks were unsuccessful in killing. The penalty to Karlsson has expired and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Sharks are in attack mode and showing that they are desperate for getting points out of this one and the Ducks are in attack mode having fun in doing everything to spoil the Sharks climbing up in the playoff race.

The Sharks being on attack mode paid off with 2:40 remaining in regulation because the San Jose Sharks Goal, it’s Justin Braun with the goal. Marc-Edouard Vlasic wires a shot that goes wide, but Justin Braun buries the carom off the boards to tie. The Sharks get another one in to tie it once again, it’s tied at 3-3

Click here to see: Sharks Goal #3

Both the Sharks and Ducks continue attacking but the chances and shots DID NOT get past John Gibson and Aaron Dell.

The horn sounds at the end of regulation tied 3-3. In this one the Ducks lead by a goal and the Sharks were only able to tie. The Sharks never had a lead in this one. Let’s see what happens next and who gets the second point in the sudden death overtime 5-minute period.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The puck is dropped and the 5-minute3-on-3 overtime period is underway…

It didn’t take long to see what team would take the all important extra point that the Sharks needed but the two Swedes on the ice had another plan… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! Jakob Silfverberg rips a shot from the slot that finds the back of the net 38 seconds into overtime to seal the Ducks’ win 4-3 over the Sharks.

Click here to see: SWED GOAL in OT- Silfverberg with the GWG

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The San Jose Sharks losing streak continues to a 6-game losing streak and the Ducks continue to have fun having fun with spoiling and robbing teams that are needing points to get into the playoffs or farther up in the standings.


Postgame Notes and RECORDS MADE

Anaheim concluded its penultimate homestand of the 2018-19 regular season with a 4-3 overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. The Ducks improved to 7-4-0 in their last 11 games and have won four of their last six home games (4-2-0). Anaheim scored two PPG for the sixth time this season and second time against San Jose.

The Ducks reached overtime for the first time in 30 games with the last such contest taking place on Jan. 13 at Winnipeg. Anaheim also earned its first overtime victory since a 2-1 win on Dec. 15 at Columbus.

Jakob Silfverberg registered a season-tying three points (1-2=3), which included his second career overtime goal (last: Mar. 20, 2016 at Winnipeg). Silfverberg has gained points in nine of his last 11 games (7-6=13).

Rickard Rakell collected his first multi-goal game of the season (2-1=3). Rakell’s second goal of the game was his fourth PPG and 13th goal of 2018-19. The Anaheim winger’s three points surpassed Andrew Cogliano (233) for sole possession of 10th on the all-time franchise points list.

John Gibson earned his 23rd win of 2018-19 and his fifth win in his last six starts. The Anaheim goalkeeper stopped 23-of-26 shots in the overtime victory.

Troy Terry earned his third career multi-assist game (0-2=2) in the contest.

Cam Fowler posted his second multi-assist game of 2018-19 (0-2=2). The Anaheim defenseman has 0-4=4 assists in his last four games.

Adam Henrique set a career high with his eighth PPG of the season at 2:41 of the third period. His 18th goal of 2018-19 gave him points in three of his last four games (2-1=3).

Ryan Getzlaf collected his team-leading 34th assist on the Rakell tally, his eighth point (2-6=8) in his last seven games.


Postgame Quotes

25th Anniversary logo- Anaheim Ducks Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

Rickard Rakell (on the game): It feels good when you get to score pretty early in the game. After that, we kept coming throughout the whole game. We created scoring chances and put pressure on them. We took a few too many penalties in this game, but at the same time, most of the time, our PK units weren’t giving them anything. Feels good to beat them.

Rickard Rakell (on the team’s approach): We’re starting to work together more and play a little bit more loose. Our mentality is just to go out there and help each other.

Jakob Silfverberg (on his overtime goal): Ricky [Rakell] made a great play at the line. I was just crossing behind him, and he had them looking at him. I got my skates moving towards the net. Figured I might as well try. I put a lot on it, and it went in. It was a good feeling, but Ricky was the one who made the initial play and gave me that room.

Jakob Silfverberg (on beating the Sharks): It feels good, especially after last year in the playoffs. There is some payback there. It was a tough series, getting swept. It’s always nice beating those guys.

Assistant Coach Marty Wilford (on beating the Sharks): I know they wanted it. You could feel it on the bench. There was a lot of emotion. They were engaged in the game. The power play scored a couple big goals. They deserved to win this game.

Assistant Coach Marty Wilford (on the penalty kill): I thought they didn’t really give them any free sets. Overall, they did a good job. They didn’t give them much time to make their plays. That’s what you have to do against good power plays.

1- San Jose Sharks Photo by San Jose Sharks

Thoughts on the game from the San Jose Sharks players and coaches

Logan Couture (on tonight’s game): I thought we worked hard. I thought it was there for us. I thought we could have done a little bit more on the power play to score some goals. Obviously, we would have liked to get a couple of those [penalty] kills.

Logan Couture (on if this game was theirs for the taking): Yeah, we were in it the whole game, I thought. A few plays here or there, a few chances we could have scored on when we had the opportunity and it would have been a different story.

Justin Braun (on tonight’s game): The one point is huge, but I thought we played well enough to get the two. They were opportunistic and buried a few of their chances, and you come away with just one.

Justin Braun (on limiting the Ducks 5-on-5): Yeah for sure, I thought we were great 5-on-5 tonight. We got the puck deep and we were grinding. That fourth line, I think they were in their zone the whole night. We need more of that going forward and we can dominate teams down low.

Head Coach Peter DeBoer (on what the difference was tonight): I don’t know much difference. Close game going into the third. Pretty similar games. I thought that we were a little tighter tonight, defensively, I didn’t think we gave them very much. The chances they got, they stuck in the net though.

Head Coach Peter DeBoer (on if they can build off battling and getting one point): Yeah, sure. I mean, like I said, I thought the guys that dressed tonight gave us everything they had. Showed up, played hard, played well defensively, and created enough opportunities to win a game. So, they did everything we asked them to do.


Blog post coming up next… Game posts, updates and news

This season marks the 25th Anniversary of the Anaheim Ducks franchise. It is going to be a season filled with many surprises and who knows what or how the Ducks are playing spoiler for the teams that fighting to get to or get in to the Stanley Cup Playoffs!!!!

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Sources: Anaheim Ducks Player News- Ducks Daily and Twitter @AnaheimDucks

Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/ anaheimducks.com

Source Adam Brady- Recap: Silfverberg Wins It in Overtime as Ducks Down Sharks, 4-3

Source: Dan Arritt- Sharks lose to Ducks in overtime but gain point in Pacific

Source: Anaheim Ducks- Postgame Notes and Quotes – March 22 vs. San Jose

Video source: YouTube posted by NHL

Photos by The Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, NHL


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