Sharks-Ducks: Anaheim Perseveres, Beats San Jose 4-1 for Series Clincher
The tone for this one was set early.
Sharks center Joe Thornton, perhaps miffed from previous battles with his Ducks counterpart Ryan Getzlaf, or perhaps tired of reading how "No Show" Joe disappears in the playoffs, or a little bit of both, started this game with a flurry of fisticuffs.
The second the puck was dropped for the opening faceoff, Thornton and Getzlaf were at it. The puck hit the ice, the gloves flew off, and they tangoed the night away, both landing significant lefts and rights, though Thornton probably won the battle.
He lost the war, though.
The Sharks scored first, during a power play, and looked to continue the streak that has seen every team to score first during this series go on to win the game.
The Ducks really weren't feeling that, though, this time.
The Ducks pulled even with a goal of their own from Corey Perry, tying the game at one.
That was it for the Sharks.
The Ducks then scored on a wacky rebound, created when Anaheim's veteran Teemu Selanne threw a puck into the crease and had it bang off a Sharks player's stick for the goal.
Francois Beauchemin got a similar bounce off an opposing stick on his blue-line bomb for a 3-1 lead in the second.
With less than three minutes remaining, Getzlaf completed the Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight) by scoring again for a final score of 4-1.
Next up for the Ducks, the defending Stanley Cup Champions Detroit Red Wings.
The Ducks lost the season series to the Wings this year, but that's no surprise.
They also lost the series to the top-ranked, top-seeded, Presidents trophy-winning Sharks.
This series is too tough to call, but since we're a Ducks fan site...
Ducks in six!
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