Ducks-Sharks: Mighty Indeed! Anaheim Takes 2-0 Lead at San Jose

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IApril 20, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 10:  James Wisniewski #34 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the Dallas Stars at the Honda Center on April 10, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Stars 4-3 in a shootout.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

So much for home-ice advantage.

And so much for seeds meaning anything.

The San Jose Sharks, who finished the regular season with the league's best record, have lost consecutive home games for the first time since March 3-5. Those games meant little to the Western Conference playoff picture; these two could have spelled the end for the sinking Sharks.

Anaheim now returns to southern California looking to put away the top seed and eye the winner of the Chicago-Calgary series.

On Sunday night, the Sharks outplayed the Ducks on paper just as they did in the first game of the series. Through two games, the Sharks have outshot the Ducks 79-43, and yet they have been outscored 5-2. The Sharks are, however, 0-12 on the power play after two contests.

Credit should be given to someone with a name you would assume to be associated with Disney somehow: Jonas Hiller. This "Jonas Brother" has been spectacular in both games against the top-seeded Sharks, keeping Jean-Sebastian Giguere on the bench.

The question now is, if the Ducks continue to dominate the Sharks, will they become the Los Angeles Mighty Ducks of Anaheim?


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