San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Live Blog: Instant Analysis and Reactions
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This will be the second matchup between the Sharks and the Ducks in four nights and the second head-to-head in three games for both teams.
The Pacific division is looking to be the elite division in the NHL again and there is a lot at stake early in the season for both teams as the Sharks look to even up the season series with a win apiece.
Dan Ellis makes 41 saves and Anaheim takes four straight games including one in Europe.
On the second end of a back to back for Anaheim, they sucked it up and held the lead against the Sharks.
Despite the scheduling disadvantage, the Ducks were up to the challenge which is the difference between a winning team like the Ducks so far this year and a losing team like the Sharks.
Overall, despite the high shot count, another pathetic effort overall turned in by the Sharks early in this season.
Dan Ellis is the player of the game thus far.
He robs Couture right in front.
Boyle shows some heart on a shift in his defensive zone muscling Bobby ryan off the puck.
Ducks kill off the rest of the penalty.
Brent Burns SCORES on a one timer!
A beautiful shot hammered a foot and a half off the ice just off the inside of the left post!
3-2 Ducks with a minuute still on a 5-4 penalty.
After Beauchemin gets hit in the face, another delay of game on the Ducks and the Sharks on a 5-3 need a goal here.
Sbiza does what Desjardins did in the first period by sending the puck over the glass at the end of a penalty kill.
See if the Sharks can capitalize as the Ducks did on Selanne's tally.
Sharks back on the power play with the second unit on the ice.
The Sharks are flying now until Francois Beauchemin decks Joe Pavelski just accross the blue line.
The Sharks lead in hits, the Ducks lead in key #3 however, be brutal.
This leads to Corey Perry's first goal of the year. 3-1 Ducks.
The Sharks come out of the break and Burns has problems breaking out the puck.
This will be key to the Ducks' strategy and Burns and Boyle will have to have clean breakouts the rest of the game.
The bad breakout was followed by an icing.
Second period recap:
A much better period for the Sharks, although nothing stunning.
The Sharks moved their feet better but are going to have to find another gear to win this game.
There's a few times in this game where the Sharks look like they don't know what they want to do with the puck when they have it.
This has resulted in a turnover each time as the Sharks are caught in limbo.
HUGE save by Ellis on Pavelski!
The power play is moving much better.
The Ducks PK was gassed and couldn't pressure.
Penalty on the Ducks puts the Sharks on the PP in a one goal game.
The Sharks are moving their feet a lot better right now and it led to a lucky goal by Vlasic on a riccochet.
These are the kind of goals Mclellan wants, as goals of this kind are a sign of hustle.
First period recap: The Sharks are terrible!
This is the Ducks second game in two nights and they're walking all over the Sharks.
The Sharks aren't hitting, aren't scoring, and aren't working hard enough to get it done.
This is last season all over again.
I've heard disgusting suggestions that the Sharks bad play has something to do with the scheduling.
The Ducks came from Europe and had the same layoff as the Sharks, played last night, and are on the verge of winning their third straight game since Friday night.
The Sharks efforts just isn't there and there's really nothing else to say about this game until the Sharks start playing like they care.
Teemu Selanne strikes again on a fat rebound from Niemi.
Could be rust from Niemi, but no one was picking up Selanne.
FIGHT!!! Matt Beleskey beats the crap out of Desjardins
So much for key #3, Be Brutal. Anaheim is winning that early.
So far two of the three keys are shot and Desjardins gets an extra 10 minute misconduct for throwing a late punch after the fight.
Desjardins if playing goat early in the game.
Antti Niemi coming up huge on the penalty kill!
He may have been the missing link on the penalty kill from game 1.
The Sharks successfully kill over three minutes of penalty time including a 5 on 3 before Desjardins gets a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass.
Selanne buries a power play goal to put the Ducks up by one.
5 on 3 now for :55 as Boyle gets a roughing call.
Sharks will go on the Penalty Kill now.
Anaheim's first line will look for their first goal of the season while the Sharks see if they're first key to the game can be successful early.
Anaheim is putting on a hit parade so far, winning key No. 3 for the game.
The Sharks still look out of sync on the power play.
Their not really moving their feet and unable to get set-up.
High sticking against The Ducks.
The Sharks will see if they can get on the board against the Ducks.
Look for the Ducks to pressure on the PK.
Big goalie news:
Antti Niemi in the net for the Sharks making his first start of the season coming off a surgery to remove a cyst.
Dan Ellis makes his first start of the year as well for the Ducks which means the Sharks won't face Jonas Hiller who shut the Sharks out last time the two teams played.
Fantastic news for Sharks fans on both fronts!
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