Ducks Vs. Sharks: Anaheim Takes 2-0 Series Lead Back Home

Scott FowlerCorrespondent IApril 20, 2009

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 19:  Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against Patrick Marleau and Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the San Jose Sharks during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 19, 2009 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

San Jose, CA - The San Jose Sharks must be thrilled to be returning to Anaheim.

The Sharks dropped their second consecutive playoff game (and third straight) at home to the "upstart" Anaheim Ducks Sunday, losing 3-2.

Let me first explain that I personally never really considered the Ducks upstarts in this series.

OK, maybe a little.

In all fairness, the Sharks won the President's Trophy with the best regular season record in the NHL.

The Ducks, playing undisciplined, unorganized, unsuccessful hockey for much of the season only made the playoffs eighth seed with a miracle late season surge powered by GM Bob Murrays trade deadline acquisition group.

That said, the Ducks were under performing all season.

This was supposed to be the Sharks year, though.

After years of regular season success followed by playoff futility, the Sharks and their rookie coach Todd McClellan were supposed to exorcise demons of years gone by. Instead, these Sharks, headed up by "No Show" Joe Thorton, look headed for another disastrous playoff exit. 

That said, this series is far from over, and this Sharks team knows how to win. 

Center Joe Thornton is desperate to shed his playoff folding resume, something that has long followed the talented center throughout his playing days in San Jose and Boston.

The Ducks still need stop taking stupid penalties, too.

Not going to comment on the Zebras, though many have, in regards to this series.

The Ducks live and die by the edge of fair vs. foul play, and their reputation didn't just come out of nowhere.

Good teams rise above things like bad calls.

Bad teams crumble and start throwing the blame.

Sunday's game was also great because all three Ducks' goals were scored by players who didn't originally break camp with the team. Rookies Andrew Ebbett, Drew Miller, and phenom-in-training Bobby Ryan combined for all three Ducks goals, demonstrating the depth necessary for a prolonged playoff run.

Goaltender Jonas Hiller, longtime backup to struggling 2003 (corrected thanks to Jason Bruck) Conn Smythe winner J.S. Giguere, has looked the cool, at ease veteran in this series.

Ducks: Put the whining to the officials crap in your back pocket and sit on it.

Let 'em call the stuff they're going to call, serve your two minutes and learn from it. 

The Ducks have 'em on the ropes, but it's up to them to put 'em away.

Ducks in six...


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