Logan Couture returned from flu-like symptoms on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to get the Sharks back in the win column as they completed a two-game road trip to Southern California with a winless record, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks.
By earning a single point, the Sharks moved to within four points of the Calgary Flames for first place in the Western Conference.
Sharks lose to Ducks in overtime but gain point in Pacific
The Ducks opened the scoring at 7:58 of the first, capitalizing on a Brent Burns turnover in the neutral zone. Ryan Getzlaf stripped the puck from Burns as he attempted to dance through the Ducks defense, leading to an odd-man rush and a goal from Rickard Rakell, who ripped a 30-foot shot into the top-left corner.
The Sharks tied it up at 2:29 of the second when Kevin Labanc scored his 14th of the season by picking the top-right corner from the lower-left circle. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Marcus Sorensen picked up assists on the play.
The interstate rivals traded power play goals in the third. First, Adam Henrique snuck a one timer from Troy Terry through Aaron Dell’s five hole at 2:41. The Sharks tied it at 6:29, scoring just their third power play goal in 24 tries over a 10-game span. Timo Meier scored the equalizer, tapping in a Joe Thornton shot that squeaked through John Gibson’s pads.
With the secondary assists, Burns earned his 77th point of the season, setting a single-season franchise record for points by a defenseman.
The Ducks took a 3-2 lead at 15:05 of the third when Rackell scored his second of the game by firing in a shot from above the left circle on a Sharks power play. But Justin Braun made his 600th NHL game extra special, tying it up with 2:40 left in regulation, blasting in a rebound off the end boards for his second goal of the season.
Labanc evened it 2:29 into the second period with a wrist shot from just inside the left faceoff circle that Gibson was unable to get his glove on. The goal was Labancs 14th, and his 50th point of the season.
The Sharks will return to action at SAP Center on Monday, opening up a four-game homestand against the Detroit Red Wings.
Rakell had his first multi-point game of the season with two goals and an assist. Adam Henrique also scored a goal, while Troy Terry and Cam Fowler each had two assists. John Gibson stopped 23 shots.
Share Share Sharks 3 Ducks 4: Sharks force overtime but fall to fifth loss tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports The Sharks came back twice in the final period to force overtime, but fell just over half a minute into bonus hockey.
Penalties were the deciding factor in this one. The Sharks drew five power play opportunities and only scored on one. Their power play definitely got stronger over the course of the game. Thats something good.
Now for something bad. The Ducks had three power play opportunities and scored twice, both in the third period.
We cant know how this game would have turned out if not for those power-play goals. But those goals put the Sharks in a chasing position twice in the final 20 minutes, which is not good preparation for the playoffs.
The second period was the bright spot of the game for the Sharks. They got a goal from a bottom-six player and allowed the Ducks only four shots in the period.
I wrote after the second period that if the Sharks could limit the Ducks shots in the final 20 minutes, theyd have a chance to win. The Sharks didnt exactly do that (Anaheim took nine shots in the final 20+), but I had also failed to take into account Aaron Dells sub-.900 save percentage.
“Were starting to work together more and play a little bit more loose. Our mentality is just to go out there and help each other,” Rakell said.
Justin Braun played in his 600th career NHL game, and scored the Sharks last goal to get them into overtime. It was his first goal in over 40 games.
Video: Rakell scores twice, Silfverberg wins it in OT
Gustav Nyquist assisted on Brauns goal, his 55th point of the season which is a career high for him.
Kevin Labanc, Timo Meier and Justin Braun scored for the Sharks, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic had two assists. Dell made 16 saves.
Brent Burns also had an assist, on Timo Meiers power-play goal, to reach 77 points, a career high.
The Ducks power play has struggled, but they scored twice with the man advantage for only the sixth time this season.
Meiers goal was his 28th of the season, extending his career-high. Meier is easily within reach of scoring 30 goals in only his third NHL season.
Bruan scored the 266th goal of the season for San Jose, breaking the team record set in 2005-06. … The last time the Ducks played beyond regulation was a 4-3 overtime loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 13. … Silfverbergs game-winner was his 23rd goal of the season, tying his NHL career high (2016-17). He has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in the past 11 games. … Getzlaf has eight points (two goals, six assists) in the past seven games.
The Sharks have the weekend off before playing the Detroit Red Wings at home Monday. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. PT and is the NHL TV Free Game of the Week. The game will also be broadcast in Spanish thanks to the Sharks partnership with Tico Sports.
Logan Couture will play tonight. Michael Haley will not. We havent dropped the puck yet and the game is already off to a good start.
18:37: Joakim Ryan gets so preoccupied with pressing the puck he over-commits to Jakob Silfverberg behind the net, leaving the trailer open. Very lucky for the Sharks that Dell was in position.
“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.” — Sharks defenseman Justin Braun
12:02: The Sharks turn the puck over in the middle of the ice and the Ducks rush back into their attacking zone with numbers. Rickard Rackell receives the pass and shoots over Aaron Dells shoulder.
6:03: Gustav Nyquist nearly tips the puck into the net. Timo Meier made that play possible by keeping the puck in at the blueline and throwing it to Logan Couture on the right side.
4:14: The Sharks will be on the power play after this commercial break. Sounds familiar. Almost like stoppages around each quarter-mark of the period will go to commercial.
3:43: The first 30 seconds of the power play were eventful! Aaron Dell came out of the net to play the cleared puck, where he was toppled by a forechecking Duck. Luckily he was the only Anaheim in the zone…but he still picked the puck away from the Sharks a few moments later.
0:20.1: Brent Burns goes to the box. He yanked Jakob Silfverberg down right in front of the net. And also in front of the referee.
The power plays have been bad for the Sharks so far. Both dudes on the top pairing have made big errors by the net—Joakim Ryan to start the period, and Brent Burns to end it. The Ducks have over a minute and a half of power play time to potentially make Burns error count on the scoreboard.
“I thought the guys that dressed tonight gave us everything they had,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. “Showed up, played hard, played well defensively, and created enough opportunities to win a game.”
Timo Meier has looked really good, and Logan Couture is playing rather well for just having had the flu.
Well that was most exciting in the final minute of the period. We got some track meet hockey there as both teams attempted to get a momentum-generating goal.
The Sharks held the Ducks to only four shots that period, and 12 so far in the game. If they can keep the Ducks chances low, that will push the chances to win in their favor. On the offensive side, Timo Meier and Logan Couture have been super close a couple times. All it might take is one more good chance for them to give the Sharks the lead.
17:19: Troy Terry flips the puck up toward the corner to enter the zone. It gets to Adam Henrique driving the center of the slot, and he scores. 2-1 Ducks but with plenty of time.
13:31: It sure is the time. Timo Time, in fact! Joe Thornton takes a shot on the power play and Timo Meier pushes it home from the crease. Brent Burns gets the second assist for his career-high 77th point of the year.
“Were doing a good job of getting pucks to nets, and bodies. Were getting rewarded and its creating confidence within the team.” — Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg
7:16: Tomas Hertl creates one of the best scoring chances of the game with a poke check in the defensive zone. The puck gets to Evander Kane, who rushes it up the right wing before losing it at the offensive blue line; Hertl skates in from behind and drives the net, ultimately shooting the puck off the side of the net.
4:55: Rickard Rackell scores his second goal of the game. The Ducks are now two-of-three on the power play.
2:40: Justin Braun ties the game at 3, picking up a rebound from the boards! Good way to celebrate a 600th career game.
The Sharks come back twice to force overtime. Im not sure who will have the edge in three-on-three; both team has shown possession but also mistakes.
Brent Burns assisted on the goal, giving him an NHL career-high 77 points and breaking his team record for points by a defenseman set in 2016-17.
The San Jose Sharks have clinched a spot in the playoffs, through no work of their own, and are struggling to play like a playoff team. Theyre currently in a four-game losing streak, which started last week against the Florida Panthers. The Sharks lost last night to Los Angeles, the second-worst team in the NHL. Thats not a performance befitting a team that will officially contend for the Stanley Cup.
The Anaheim Ducks have won two of their last three games, and have been successful against two teams the Sharks lost to in the last week. However, their last game was a shutout loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
Earlier today, Ducks Vice President/General Manager and Interim Head Coach Bob Murray gave an update on the health of both Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves. Both are expected to be done for the season.
The Sharks and Ducks last met … in December? Thats a long time to go without seeing a division rival. The Sharks won 4-2 with goals from Melker Karlsson, Marcus Sorensen, Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl (empty-netter).
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These lines are different from the ones the Sharks tweeted out, and are almost certainly going to be different from the ones that actually take the ice. Joe Pavelski is still sidelined, Logan Couture sat last night, the Sharks recalled Dylan Gambrell and Nick DeSimone (while sending down Jacob Middleton in a corresponding move) and Erik Karlsson is on the trip.
Expected Scratches: Joe Pavelski (lower body), Logan Couture? (ill), Erik Karlsson (groin), Radim Simek (knee), Lukas Radil, Dylan Gambrell, Nick DeSimone
Nick Ritchie — Ryan Getzlaf — Daniel SprongRickard Rakell — Devin Shore — Jakob SilfverbergCorey Perry — Adam Henrique — Troy TerryMax Jones — Derek Grant — Carter Rowney
When the game starts in Orange County, you can watch on NBCS California in the Bay Area, FS-W in Anaheim, SportsNet in Canada or on NHL Network. Radio fans can listen to 98.5 KFOX with the Sharks App.