Smoked Duck: Sharks rout rivals, move to within one win of advancing

SAN JOSE — The Sharks showed poise and more than a little bit of resiliency in bringing back to SAP Center a 2-0 lead in their opening round NHL playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks.

Game 3 showed one thing above everything else, though. That the Sharks are simply too much right now for their Southern California rivals.

The Sharks blew open a tie game with four goals in the second period and pushed the Ducks to the brink of elimination with an 8-1 win in front of a boisterous sold-out crowd.

Logan Couture had a goal and two assists and goalie Martin Jones set a new career playoff-high with 45 saves as the Sharks gave themselves a chance to earn a first round sweep of the Ducks with a win in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

Marcus Sorensen, Joonas Donskoi, Joe Pavelski all had a goal and an assist in the first two-and-a-half periods as the Sharks earned their most lopsided win over the Ducks in recent memory.

Donskoi and Sorensen scored goals 2:26 apart in the second period to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead. Eric Fehr added his first goal of the postseason with 6:17 to go in the second on a nifty individual effort, and Tomas Hertl capped the dizzying 20 minutes with a power play goal with 3:11 to go.

The Sharks might have needed to grind out a 3-2 win over the Ducks in Game 2 of their opening round playoff series. Not in Game 3, when it became perfectly obvious that the Sharks were way too fast for Anaheim.

Asked after Game 1 if it had already been demonstrated that the Sharks were the faster team, coach Pete DeBoer said, “Are we faster than them? I don’t think one game tells you that. I liked our team speed, I liked …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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