Rakell scores 3 in 2nd period to lead Ducks past Oilers

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Carter Rowney (24) and Edmonton Oilers’ Jujhar Khaira (16) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Jacob Larsson (32) is checked by Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

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  • Anaheim Ducks’ goalie John Gibson (36) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Max Jones (49) is stopped by Edmonton Oilers goalie Anthony Stolarz (32) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Devin Shore (29), Sam Carrick (56) and Cam Fowler (4) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Carter Rowney (24) and Edmonton Oilers’ Andrej Sekera (2) skate for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Rickard Rakell took over the game with one big second period for the Anaheim Ducks.

Rakell scored all three of his goals in the middle period for a natural hat trick, powering the Ducks past the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Saturday night.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done that before,” Rakell said. “It’s nice to do that for the first time.”

Corey Perry and Devin Shore also scored for the Ducks, who have won two of their last three — and bounced back from a 6-1 loss to Calgary on Friday night.

“It felt great for our team,” Rakell said. “We were not happy with how we got pretty much dominated by Calgary last night. So when we have a good first period like that, we try to keep it going in the second and when you get a couple of goals, the whole team feels good and it’s much easier to play.”

Edmonton ended John Gibson’s shutout bid with 6:51 left in the game on Sam Gagner’s goal. Gibson finished with 30 saves while sending the Oilers to their second loss in a row.

“There was a long line of guys who didn’t play well,” Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Shortly after Jakob Silfverberg rang a shot off the post, Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen got a piece of Perry’s shot with his glove, only to see it trickle behind him into the net to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead with 4:43 remaining in the opening period.

The Ducks took a two-goal lead 1:21 into the second period when Silfverberg kept the puck in at the line and sent it to Rakell, who scored on a one-timer.

Rakell made it 3-0 at the 8:48 mark when he backhanded in a rebound for his second goal of the night and his sixth in the past five games.

Rakell completed the hat trick with 4:47 left to play in the second. Anthony Stolarz replaced Koskinen in net after that goal.

Anaheim added to its lead 1:29 into the third when Shore scored on a blast off of a faceoff.

“We’re depleted, that’s an understatement,” Perry said about the Ducks’ lengthy list of injuries. “Guys are getting a chance to play bigger roles, bigger minutes, learn what the game is in this league and how to play every single night and they’re getting a great experience for it.”

Ducks defenseman Jake Dotchin was ejected early in the game once it was discovered he had officially been listed as a scratch.

Oilers forward Milan Lucic, who picked up his 500th NHL point, said Edmonton is basically playing for pride.

“Unfortunately, it is going to be a long summer here,” he said. “We have to go out there and play the right way, play for each other and have fun doing it. It’s going to be a long final four games if we play sloppy and careless.”

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Ducks’ Ryan Miller upset about giving up shootout winner to Kings’ Anze Kopitar

  • Anaheim Ducks center Carter Rowney, left, and Los Angeles Kings left wing Austin Wagner reach for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford, right, celebrates his goal as Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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  • Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick sprays himself with water prior to an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, right, celebrates his goal with right wing Dustin Brown during the second period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Carter Rowney, left, and Los Angeles Kings left wing Austin Wagner reach for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Daniel Sprong, left, passes the puck while under pressure from Los Angeles Kings left wing Alex Iafallo during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Kings left wing Austin Wagner, right, passes the puck as Anaheim Ducks center Carter Rowney reaches for it during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Max Jones, center, moves the puck as Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, left, reaches for it while left wing Alex Iafallo chases during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller looks back after a goal by Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Kings center Adrian Kempe, left scuffles with Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford (13) tries to score on Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller, right, as defenseman Hampus Lindholm falls during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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LOS ANGELES — Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller was upset with himself Saturday. He said he should have known better. He’d seen that move before and should have been ready for it when Kings center Anze Kopitar tried in the second round of a shootout at Staples Center.

Kopitar scored the only goal in the shootout with a deft sleight of hand move that surprised Miller and the Kings edged the Ducks 4-3. Kopitar skated toward the net from the red line and then pulled the puck around Miller with his long reach as he skated toward the left goal post.

“He did it in the other direction two years ago,” Miller said. “It’s not impossible. I should know better. I didn’t want him to get ahead of me on the blocker side. The last three or four shootouts he’s had he shot, so obviously he changed it up. I probably should have set up better.”

Miller doesn’t maintain a physical book on the tendencies of opposing shooters, but he keeps it all in his head. He watches games, as most NHL players do, and files away what he sees and how it worked or didn’t work. His memory is impeccable.

“I just kind of know what’s going on,” he said. “I could probably tell you my whole career, honestly. Probably ever guy’s tendency I’ve seen more than once is probably something I can tell you. But it didn’t work the right way tonight.”

In the end, the Ducks were probably fortunate to have been in a shootout Saturday. Miller was superb during the five-minute overtime period, making four saves, including a point-blank denial of Kopitar, to keep the Ducks and Kings deadlocked at 3-3.

In the shootout, Kopitar was the only one to beat Miller, after Kyle Clifford (power play), Jeff Carter and Carl Grundstrom scored in regulation. Miller made 27 saves in regulation and overtime and was especially sharp in the first two periods, when the Ducks were outshot and outplayed.

Miller rebounded from a shaky performance in his last start, when he saved only 18 of 24 shots in the Ducks’ 6-1 loss March 14 to the Arizona Coyotes. Saturday’s start could be his second-to-last of the season, and perhaps in the 38-year-old’s career.

The Ducks have one more set of games on consecutive nights, when they play the Calgary Flames next Friday and the Edmonton Oilers next Saturday, and they’ll need Miller to spell John Gibson in one of those games. Miller also could start Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks.

After all, he played three seasons with the Canucks before signing a two-year, $4-million contract July 1, 2017 to join the Ducks as a free agent. The 38-year-old is eligible to become a free agent again July 1, and he could re-sign or he could retire after a Hall of Fame-caliber career.

Although 2018-19 has been forgettable in almost every regard, it also was the season Miller passed John Vanbiesbrouck and became the all-time leader in victories by a United States-born goalie with 377. He is 7-6-2 in 18 appearances, his season shortened by a sprained knee.

Like his teammates, he’s been encouraged by the Ducks’ play in the last month or so, or since General Manager Bob Murray fired Randy Carlyle and assumed the coaching duties himself Feb. 10. The Ducks avoided playoff elimination Saturday by gaining one point with their shootout loss.

“There’s been better stretches of hockey,” Miller said. “The system has been better. For whatever reason, it wasn’t there. When a coach gets fired, it’s embarrassing. It’s on the players to play good hockey. Coaches can only tell you what to do, no matter what the situation.

“I thought for the most part, Bob has handled it pretty well. He’s going to be on the bench. Every game is going to be a tryout. Show me what you’ve got. There’s been guys playing better hockey and stepping up, so it’s been good.”

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Whicker: Only bright spot for Ducks is glare from Chicago’s stars

ANAHEIM — The Ducks moved one game closer Wednesday night to getting the type of player who beat them Wednesday night.

Their loss to Chicago improved their meager chances of getting a turnkey star in the 2019 draft.

That’s not what they planned, of course, especially since they turned a 3-2 lead into a 4-3 defeat. The probabilities of actually being in position to draft Michigan’s Jack Hughes or Finland’s Kaapo Kakko aren’t high enough to justify a four-game losing streak, or scrape the mold off the sensation. But as the Ducks play their first meaningless games since the spring of 2012, there has to be a pony in there somewhere.

Patrick Kane flashed up the right side and casually accepted Brandon Saad’s pass and fired it past Ryan Miller. It was his 40th goal of the season. It also broke the tie with 17 seconds left and appeared about as strenuous for him as hitting range balls.

The Ducks do not score like that. They busily chop wood until something materializes, not that it always does. They actually did that very well in this game, controlling much of the play. But Kane did his thing, 4:37 after Jonathan Toews did his, and that’s why your stars have to come out.

Toews has done a lot of damage on the east end of Honda Center over the years, normally in playoff games. Here, the Blackhawks’ captain circled the net and gunned a pass to Alex DeBrincat on the left side, just a tick before Hampus Lindholm could get his stick down. DeBrincat zipped it past Miller to tie it. It was his second goal Wednesday, the 36th of his sophomore NHL season.

Kane’s goal came after Ducks center Derek Grant had a chance in the slot and couldn’t get it past Corey Crawford.

“It was point-blank,” said assistant coach Mark Morrison, doing the postgame instead of General Manager/interim coach Bob Murray.

Emphasis on blank. Saad got loose and came down the left side, and Josh Manson came over to help Lindholm, leaving generous ice in front of Kane.

Toews and Kane haven’t been enough to keep Chicago over the playoff line this season, or last season either. Their contracts, and others, have forced the Blackhawks to water down a roster that went to the Cup Final in 2014 and won it in 2015. But just like Alex Ovechkin and Johnny Gaudreau and Sidney Crosby show on a regular basis, they can tip the scales of a balanced game. That is the problem for both the Ducks and Kings. The things that both teams do well don’t always earn points.

Morrison thought the Ducks played much better in most areas, and he was right. This was only the third time since Feb. 2 that they scored three goals.

Manson triggered the first one with a nice breakout pass that created a 2-on-2, and Devin Shore shot it past Crawford when his first shot was deflected back to him. Carter Rowney went into the left corner to win a puck and then camped in front of Crawford, to be rewarded by Ryan Kesler’s precise pass. Rowney’s score made it 2-2 late in the second period.

Anaheim took a 3-2 lead early in the third. Crawford, in his first game since a Dec. 16 concussion, was behind the net trying to neutralize the puck, and Grant ambushed him, then threw out a no-look pass.

“It landed right on my tape,” said Troy Terry, who saw Crawford flailing to recover and drilled the puck into the top left corner.

Long before that, the Ducks lost Rickard Rakell for the game when he boarded Blake Caggiula and left him sprawled on the ice for an uncomfortable period of time. Rakell was given a 5-minute major and the rest of the night off.

It wasn’t long ago that Rakell could score the do-it-yourself goals that rewarded his team’s skating and sweat. He had 34 goals last season, 33 the season before that. With 18 games left, he has nine.

“This one stings,” Shore said.

Since Ottawa has stripped itself down to the axles, and since the Kings have not won since Feb. 8, the Ducks will need considerable lottery luck to get a Top Two player. You can find greatness below that, of course, and the Ducks’ drafters have done that. And at least they are no longer playing as if nothing makes a difference.

But they remain a long way from finding a player, or two, who does.

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Crosby, Lundqvist lead Metropolitan to NHL All-Star victory

  • Central Division’s Devan Dubnyk, left, of the Minnesota Wild, defends against Metropolitan Division’s Mathew Barzal (13), of the New York Islanders, during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Claude Giroux, right, of the Philadelphia Flyers, scores a goal against Central Division’s Devan Dubnyk, of the Minnesota Wild, during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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  • Metropolitan Division’s Sidney Crosby, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, scores a goal past Central Division’s Devan Dubnyk, of the Minnesota Wild, during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Central Division’s Pekka Rinne, of the Nashville Predators, left, congratulates Metropolitan Division’s Seth Jones (3), of the Columbus Blue Jackets, after the Metropolitan Division won the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Claude Giroux (28), of the Philadelphia Flyers, is congratulated by Mathew Barzal, center, of the New York Islanders, and Sidney Crosby, right, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, after scoring a goal against the Central Division during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Sidney Crosby, left, smiles next to Kris Letang, both of the Pittsburgh Penguins, during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final against the Central Division in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Cam Atkinson, right, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, scores against Central Division’s Pekka Rinne, of the Nashville Predators, during the second half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Metropolitan Division won 10-5. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Henrik Lundqvist, of the New York Rangers, defends the goal against the Central Division during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Braden Holtby, left, celebrates with John Carlson, both of the Washington Capitals, after their division defeated the Central Division in the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Kris Letang, left, and Sidney Crosby, both of the Pittsburgh Penguins, celebrate after Letang scored against the Central Division during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Braden Holtby, left, of the Washington Capitals, defends against a shot by Central Division’s Patrick Kane, of the Chicago Blackhawks, during the second half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Cam Atkinson, left, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, shoots next to Central Division’s Mikko Rantanen, of the Colorado Avalanche, to score a goal during the second half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Metropolitan Division won 10-5. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Sidney Crosby, right, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is congratulated by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly after being named the Most Valuable Player of the NHL hockey All-Star Game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Metropolitan Division defeated the Central Division 10-5 in the final. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Sidney Crosby, center, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, celebrates with Cam Atkinson, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, after the Metropolitan Division defeated the Central Division 10-5 in the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division players pose for photos after defeating the Central Division in the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Metropolitan Division won 10-5. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Central Division’s Devan Dubnyk, right, of the Minnesota Wild, defends on a shot by Pacific Division’s Joe Pavelski, of the San Jose Sharks, during an NHL hockey All-Star game semifinal in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Mathew Barzal, foreground, of the New York Islanders, skates in front of Central Division’s Patrick Kane, of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Roman Josi, of the Nashville Predators, during the second half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Seth Jones (3), of the Columbus Blue Jackets, scores a goal past Atlantic Division’s Andrei Vasilevskiy, right, of the Tampa Bay Lightning, during the first half of an NHL hockey All-Star Game semifinal in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division coach Todd Reirden, of the Washington Capitals, smiles during the second half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final against the Central Division in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Metropolitan Division won 10-5. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Sidney Crosby, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, shoots against Atlantic Division’s Andrei Vasilevskiy, of the Tampa Bay Lightning, during an NHL hockey All-Star semifinal in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Sidney Crosby now has one more reason to have good memories of the Shark Tank.

Crosby had two goals and three assists to win the All-Star MVP, and Henrik Lundqvist pitched a first-half shutout to lead the Metropolitan Division to a 10-5 victory over the Central Division in the championship round of the NHL All-Star game Saturday night.

Crosby finished the night with four goals and four assists in two games on the same ice where he won the Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup three years ago for Pittsburgh.

“I have some great memories here for sure,” he said. “It’s always been a tough place to play. Obviously, when you win in a rink and have those memories, it’s something you think about every time you go there. Being in that dressing room, it’s automatic to bring you back to some of those moments.”

The memories aren’t nearly as sweet for the Sharks fans, who booed Crosby when he won the award, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Joe Sakic and Jean Beliveau as the only players to win the Conn Smyth, the Hart Trophy and All-Star MVP.

“It’s cool,” Crosby said. “You play and you watch as a kid growing up and you see that presentation so it’s pretty cool. I had a lot of fun today.”

Lundqvist stopped 11 of 13 shots in his two games to give the Metropolitan Division its second title in four years of the three-on-three All-Star format and the $1 million prize shared by the winners of the four-team divisional tournament.

Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders added two goals and three assists in the final game.

Mikko Rantanen had two goals and Colorado teammate Gabriel Landeskog added one for the Central. Landeskog finished with four goals and three assists, while Rantanen had four goals and two assists.

“There’s more pace obviously when it’s the final and there’s a million dollars on the line. A lot of guy were going a little bit harder but it’s good for the fans,” Rantanen said. “Just too bad that we were not that ready to play.”

Crosby assisted on Barzal’s goal against Devan Dubnyk just 22 seconds into the championship game and then made it 5-0 in the closing seconds of the first half off a pass from Barzal. Crosby also assisted on Pittsburgh teammate Kris Letang’s goal in the first half and then helped seal the game with a goal in the second half that made it 6-2.

Lundqvist made big saves against Landeskog and Claude Giroux in the period one night after winning the save streak competition in the skills challenge.

“It was good defense, good structure,” Lundqvist said. “That helps, especially three on three. Honestly, I thought we had pretty good structure, so much skill up front, so many goals. You don’t get surprised, you get impressed.”

The first time the All-Star game came to San Jose in 1997, hometown favorite Owen Nolan capped the night by calling his shot and pointing to the spot where he completed a hat trick that delighted the Shark Tank.

Sharks fans didn’t have as much to cheer for in the return, even though their three All-Stars started the night on the ice together for the Pacific. The Central blitzed the Pacific early for its first win in four years in this format, scoring seven goals on nine shots against John Gibson in the first half of the period in a 10-4 victory.

Gibson, who plays for the rival Anaheim Ducks, drew derisive chants from the fans who later called for Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury to take over.

“Anytime you play it’s a rivalry and the fans take it personally. That’s what makes it fun,” Gibson said. “You’re still at All-Star game and you’re out there with some of the best players in the league. Stuff’s going to happen.”

Landeskog had a hat trick and an assist and Roman Josi had three assists and a goal for the Central.

Pekka Rinne and Dubnyk combined to stop 23 of 27 shots with Dubnyk providing one of the biggest highlights with a glove save that robbed Connor McDavid on a breakaway.

The Metropolitan Division won the second semifinal 7-4 thanks to a tiebreaking goal by Letang with 3:38 to play. Sebastian Aho added an insurance goal seconds after Braden Holtby stopped John Tavares in close.

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Ducks reacquire Derek Grant, add Michael Del Zotto in separate trades

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ducks general manager Bob Murray worked the late shift Wednesday night, re-acquiring Derek Grant from the Pittsburgh Penguins and adding Michael Del Zotto from the Vancouver Canucks in separate trades as he continued to alter the course of the struggling team.

Murray sent center Joseph Blandisi, 24, to the Penguins to get Grant, 28, who had a breakout season with the Ducks in 2017-18 before signing with the Penguins as a free agent last summer. Blandisi had been playing with the San Diego Gulls, the Ducks’ AHL team.

Grant, a well-traveled center, set career highs last season with the Ducks with 12 goals, 12 assists, 24 points and 66 games. He had two goals and five points in 25 games this season for the Penguins, who signed him to a one-season, $650,000 contract last July 19.

In addition, Murray acquired Del Zotto from the Canucks in exchange for defenseman Luke Schenn, 29, who also had been playing with the Gulls. Del Zotto, a 28-year-old defenseman, has played 589 games in the NHL with the Canucks, Rangers, Predators and Flyers.

The Ducks also sent a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft to Vancouver.

Earlier in the evening, Murray sent left wing Pontus Aberg to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center Justin Kloos, a 25-year-old prospect who scored 30 points in 34 games in the AHL this season.

On Monday, the Ducks traded iron man left wing Andrew Cogliano, 31, to the Dallas Stars in exchange for center Devin Shore, 24.

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GM Bob Murray says Ducks have to get faster to compete

ANAHEIM – Bob Murray sees where the NHL is going and where the Ducks are at within it – and where his coach fits with their need to adapt.

The Ducks have to get faster and Murray, who just wrapped up his 10th season as their general manager, saw their current level of team speed wasn’t nearly good enough in grim fashion in a four-game sweep by San Jose.

“We just played a team that was way faster than us,” Murray said Saturday, where the Ducks cleaned out their lockers at Honda Center earlier than they imagined. “And they played the game faster than us.”

And there is a large part of why their Stanley Cup run never got off the ground. With that established, Murray delved into how they will go about getting faster. Pure speed matters and the Ducks’ GM didn’t question that. But, in his mind, it’s about much more.

“Are Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski really fast skaters? Are they?” Murray asked, bringing up the Sharks’ stars. “I had one of them in Team Canada. No. They’re good hockey players. But if your team plays fast, you can make players faster. And that’s the first thing that has to be addressed around here.”

Very much in place as the organization’s top decision-maker when it comes to the on-ice product, Murray is sticking with Randy Carlyle as his coach. His confidence remains in him even with the franchise’s first failure to win a game in postseason play since 1999.

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Some of the confidence stems from the Ducks remaining in position to make a second-half push after surviving an unprecedented spate of injuries to many of their top players. The two, though, are to meet in the coming weeks to discuss how they must evolve to keep pace and not fall further behind.

“I have no issues with how he did,” Murray said. “I think it’s remarkable that we made the playoffs. But in making the playoffs, did we screw up some other things? That’s where I’m trying to get my head around. Sometimes it’s better to miss (the playoffs).

“I talked to (Florida GM Dale Tallon) this morning and he says look at you and look at me. My pick’s a lot better than yours right now. I said, ‘You’re bloody right it is.’ Those are the things that you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. It’s just the way the game is. I’m confident in Randy.”

The early playoff exit chafed at Murray but it also served as a stamp about the stark reality they face. Worse yet, the stunning sweep didn’t blindside him. “It wasn’t as shocking to me as to a lot of other people, from reading things,” he said.

“As I said during the year, I didn’t really think our team play was that great this year,” Murray continued. “What are the reasons for that? Well, obviously we were in survival mode for half the year. We got the rest of the guys back and we were trying to make the playoffs. So there were a lot of things with our team play that were just not good enough.

“Good goaltending tends to cover up a lot of crap. And it did a good job of that.”

Carlyle contends some changes have taken place to adjust to higher tempo that teams are playing at. “It’s almost Pong at times, where the puck comes back and it’s just thrown out and people are trying to get underneath the puck out off the boards,” he said.

“I’ve think we’ve asked, and we’ve stressed, some of the things that happened against us are the things that we had to try to do, and we know that,” Carlyle added. “There’s a template that teams are playing and the things they are doing are the things we’re trying to get our group to do, and we didn’t do it on a consistent enough basis.”

Their system and emphasis on being heavy will come under the microscope and Murray bluntly said “we have some things we have to fix.” He pointed to his distaste for defensemen passing the puck to each other and back before heading up ice to get the puck to forwards, who were often too stationary.

Too much work to get the puck out of their own end occurred and allowed opposing teams to forecheck them into turning it over. It appears Carlyle – who has another year left on his contract along with a team option for 2019-20 – will be entrusted with making those changes.

Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle walks off the ice after the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle walks off the ice after the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

“I think he knows,” Murray said. “We had enough talks late in the year. We knew where we were halfway through the year and we knew we couldn’t do certain things this year. And that’s just because of the situation we were in.

“I know he definitely knows some things have to change. Hopefully I can give him a healthy hockey team to start the year to see if they will change.”

Murray doesn’t see any players needing surgeries like last summer. There is a greater belief that winger Patrick Eaves will get back on the ice next season. He revealed that Eaves underwent shoulder surgery in March to fix a torn labrum suffered while doing rehab work. Eaves’s potential timetable is October.

Eaves played in two games before being diagnosed with  Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder where his immune system was attacking the peripheral nervous system. “He’s ahead of schedule now but that means nothing, it’s so early in it,” Murray said.

The roster is expected to skew more toward youth. They’re expected to jettison older free agents such as Kevin Bieksa, Antoine Vermette, Jason Chimera and Chris Kelly. Murray did rave the work of fourth-line center Derek Grant and would like to re-sign him.

Bieksa played with a torn tendon in his finger that was suffered during his fight with Philadelphia’s Radko Gudas in October and said he opted to put off surgery until March because the recovery period would have taken months instead of weeks.

But the veteran defenseman also felt the March procedure made it easier for Carlyle to play youngster Andy Welinski in three of the four games against San Jose. His dissatisfaction was thinly veiled.

“It kept me out of a lot of games down the stretch, which I’m sure factored in to the decision not to play me as much in the playoffs,” Bieksa said. “Which is very disappointing. And didn’t turn out to be a good-looking decision. But you have to accept those sometimes.”

A few Ducks will continue playing hockey. Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell will play for Sweden in the upcoming IIHF World Championships next month, while Korbinian Holzer will participate for Germany.

Murray said Montour and Kase were asked by Canada and the Czech Republic but will not participate given their uncertain contract status. Jakob Silfverberg will not play for Sweden as the winger and his wife, Clara, are expecting their first child.

Others will be left to try to put a wholly disappointing end to a season full of adversity behind them. The shock of a swift exit after pushing to make the playoffs and gain home-ice advantage is only starting to wear off.

“It’s kind of a numbness that’s subsiding now,” Carlyle said.

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  • San Jose Sharks fans are surrounded by “Lets Go Ducks” towels prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks fans are surrounded by “Lets Go Ducks” towels prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones heads onto the ice prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones heads onto the ice prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • 11 month old Morrison Hart with Calab Hart prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    11 month old Morrison Hart with Calab Hart prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr tosses a puck into the stands prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr tosses a puck into the stands prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks fans with a shark teeth cut out prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks fans with a shark teeth cut out prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The National Anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    The National Anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammate center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammate center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks fan cheer against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks fan cheer against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones looks on after giving up a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones looks on after giving up a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks fans cheer after a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks fans cheer after a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson blocks a San Jose Sharks shot in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson blocks a San Jose Sharks shot in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) fights for the puck against San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) fights for the puck against San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks left wing Marcus Sorensen (20) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks left wing Marcus Sorensen (20) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson looks toward the scoreboard after giving up a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson looks toward the scoreboard after giving up a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring on a power play as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) looks away in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring on a power play as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) looks away in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., onSaturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., onSaturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) celebrates after scoring past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) celebrates after scoring past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • ]San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) yes a shot by the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    ]San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) yes a shot by the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson is treated by medical staff after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson is treated by medical staff after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson sits alone on the ice after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson sits alone on the ice after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM — It’s a 3-2 league, as Darryl Sutter used to say.

The Ducks had the “two” Saturday night, on a game-opening shot by Jakob Silfverberg that hit a stick and fluttered past Martin Jones, and an indefensible power-play blast into the top right corner by Hampus Lindholm.

Otherwise, scoring goals was like pulling a camel through the eye of a needle. Winning this Western Conference first-round series will be approximately as hard.

This Game 2 loss to San Jose, which dealt the Ducks an 0-2 series deficit,  featured hot effort and cold hard truth. There will always be games like this in the playoffs, when you do almost all you can, and Anaheim did that for most of the second and third period.

But there will periodically be losses in those games, because playoff games are so competitive. Therefore, you can’t afford a no-show like Game One, and now the Ducks have to win four out of five against a team they’ve only beaten once all season.

“We played okay, but it wasn’t good enough to win, and we’re down 2-nothing,” Andrew Cogliano said glumly. “They do a good job defensively, especially around the net, but then they always have.

“We could look at certain plays, but the reality is that you have to make those plays in your own building. We have a team that’s been in these situations before, but we know it’s going to be tough.There are types of goals that go in this time of the year, and we were on the wrong end of that tonight. You’ve got to put the puck in and you’ve got to make a difference that way.”

Cogliano essentially said the same things 11 months ago when the Ducks were feeling the burn of a Game 6, season-ending loss at Nashville. They peppered Pekka Rinne with puck after puck, to no avail.

Of the 16 playoff teams this season, no one scored fewer goals than the Ducks, who ranked 19th in the league in scoring, 23rtd in power play percentage and 30th in power play opportunities.

If you watched the NHL Saturday afternoon, you saw Nashville’s Victor Arvidsson streak from coast to coast and, at full speed, slap a goal past Colorado goalie Jonathan Bernier (who, ironically, was the Ducks’ losing goaltender in that Game 6 loss at Nashville last year). The Ducks rarely do that. It’s much harder work for them. They probably burn more calories per goal than any team in hockey.

Corey Perry used to stand in front of the net and knock in pucks as if it was the county fair.  Here he skated in on Jones and doinked the post.

It’s been a while now, but Teemu Selanne used to spin goals out of nothing. Bobby Ryan, too. Rickard Rakell has that gift but had one shot on goal Saturday.

Nobody’s saying Ryan should still be here, and nobody’s picking apart the deals that sent William Karlsson to Columbus and then Las Vegas, or Kyle Palmieri to New Jersey. But the Ducks need several pairs of hands that work like those do. Without them, it reduces the margin for error.

The Ducks had 11 shots on goal in Period 2 and again in Period 3. They had 30 overall, and the Sharks blocked 16 and 15 others missed the net. Chief among those was a Brandon Montour howler that sailed over Jones’ right shoulder and onto the glass. Montour was running a 2-on-1 at the time, a rare luxury against a defensive team like San Jose.

Ryan Getzlaf, centering a line with Rakell and Ondrej Kase, supervised a hard-working shift that ended when the puck dribbled off Kase’s stick. San Jose jumped on it, and Gibson had to make an all-world save with his blocker against Chris Tierney.

No doubt Cam Fowler would allow the Ducks to escape their zone better. They seemed imprisoned there for the longest time in the second period, trailing 3-1, when San Jose’s Paul Martin bailed them out with a slashing penalty. Lindholm, from Getzlaf, beat Jones and cut the lead to one. It didn’t move from there.

“You can’t give up three goals and expect to win,” Lindholm said. “We can’t let that happen every game.”

And no doubt Fowler would help the Ducks navigate the neutral zone better. But the Sharks don’t have Joe Thornton or Joel Ward either. The injuries were worth mentioning in the first half of the season, not now.

Some remembered that the Ducks trailed Edmonton 2-0 last year in the second round, also losing Games 1-2 at home. They won in seven games, but it took the Komeback on Katella (cq) to pull out Game 5.

“Sure, we can draw on that,” Lindholm said. “People have not been believing in us all year but we know what we’re capable of.”

Lindholm had his hands all over this game, from the moment he jammed Evander Kane in the mouth and started the Ducks’ hitting game. Pretty soon Francois Beauchemin was wiping out Kevin Labanc, and Nick Ritchie was coming from behind to spill Dylan DeMelo, practically in Labanc’s lap.

“We don’t hit just to hit,” Lindholm said tartly. “We hit to get the puck in our zone and get our offense started.”

“I liked the way we handled that,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “I loved our resolve and our pushback. We didn’t ask the referees to take care of it and we stood in there and came out of that period ahead 2-1.”

The Sharks also got Logan Couture’s power play goal after an undetectable hooking penalty called on Montour, but Gibson could have played that better. Same goes for Tomas Hertl’s foray through the Ducks’ defense, as Hertl imitated Mikalea Shiffrin and flipped a backhand shot over Gibson’s shoulder. Hertl is also 26-15 in faceoffs in two games.

The Ducks needed all the chances they could get, and when Perry shouldered Melker Karlsson to the ice with 3:43 left and got an interference penalty, there went two minutes of attack time.

It is not yet time to be reminded that the Ducks haven’t been swept in a playoff series since Detroit in 1999. “We won’t go up there and lay down,” Carlyle said, although maybe they should try scoring that way.

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  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson blocks a San Jose Sharks shot in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson blocks a San Jose Sharks shot in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones heads onto the ice prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones heads onto the ice prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • 11 month old Morrison Hart with Calab Hart prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    11 month old Morrison Hart with Calab Hart prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr tosses a puck into the stands prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr tosses a puck into the stands prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks fans with a shark teeth cut out prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks fans with a shark teeth cut out prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The National Anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    The National Anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammate center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammate center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks fan cheer against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks fan cheer against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones looks on after giving up a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones looks on after giving up a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks fans cheer after a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks fans cheer after a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks fans are surrounded by “Lets Go Ducks” towels prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks fans are surrounded by “Lets Go Ducks” towels prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) fights for the puck against San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) fights for the puck against San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks left wing Marcus Sorensen (20) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks left wing Marcus Sorensen (20) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson looks toward the scoreboard after giving up a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson looks toward the scoreboard after giving up a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring on a power play as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) looks away in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring on a power play as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) looks away in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., onSaturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., onSaturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) celebrates after scoring past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) celebrates after scoring past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • ]San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) yes a shot by the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    ]San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) yes a shot by the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson is treated by medical staff after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson is treated by medical staff after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson sits alone on the ice after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson sits alone on the ice after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM – The Ducks were better in Game 2 but that was to be expected after a dismal Game 1. Much better. Far better. But not completely better.

Hence, the problem the Ducks have been unable to shake. San Jose stayed better. And the Sharks are heading home with a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 Western Conference first-round series.

Martin Jones followed up his Game 1 shutout with a 28-save effort Saturday night and San Jose made a two-goal lead stand up in a 3-2 victory over the Ducks in front of an overflow crowd of 17,430 at Honda Center.

The Ducks are dealing with a 2-0 series deficit for the second straight postseason. They faced that against Edmonton in the second round after losing two home games to open it but rallied and won Game 7 to capture their first playoff round after dropping the first two games.

They’ll need to pull off some similar heroics to advance.  Jakob Silfverberg and Hampus Lindholm scored goals in a decisive improved effort for Game 2 but they weren’t enough. Jones outdueled Ducks goalie John Gibson, who made 32 stops. Game 3 is Monday in San Jose.

“It’s a different team,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “Different group of players. I know the resolve in our room is one that I guarantee you we’re not going to lay down.”

Teams that have taken 2-0 series leads went on to win them 78.7 percent of the time, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Ducks defied those odds but they’ve also lost the opening two games at home in three of their last five series.

“We have to go out there and outwork them,” defenseman Hampus Lindholm said. “Get those wins that are going to be huge for us. All year people have been counting us out a lot of times. We’ve been stepping up when we needed the most. I believe in this group here.”

Brandon Montour also put up a brave front. “We’ve been down two before,” Montour said. “They got to win four. The series isn’t over. It’s tough to lose two at home here but it’s a series. We’ll come back and play hard for next game.”

The message after a 3-0 Game 1 trouncing was that the Ducks had to skate harder and get in position to deliver the physical edge to their game. It was heeded with emphasis in the early going.

Nick Ritchie put a big hit on San Jose’s Paul Martin in the opening minutes. Lindholm dropped Sharks forward Evander Kane, who had two goals in Game 1, with a clean open-ice hit. Francois Beauchemin crushed San Jose winger Kevin Labanc with a hit that knocked his helmet off.

There was energy that they played with. Silfverberg provided that jolt just 40 seconds in with the game’s first shot, a hard wrist try from distance that Jones didn’t get a good read on and watched sail through him for the Ducks’ first goal of the series and initial lead.

And the Ducks stayed engaged. San Jose went about withstanding the expected surge and forged a tie game. The Sharks did it by taking advantage of Anaheim’s third defensive pairing, with Kevin Bieksa making his series debut and playing his first game since March 16.

Sidelined for a month in order to have surgery on his left hand, Bieksa couldn’t keep San Jose’s Marcus Sorensen from keeping the puck and getting a pass back to Brenden Dillon back at the point. Dillon threw it behind the Ducks’ net for a designed carom and Sorensen read it, getting to the net.

With Gibson up in the crease, it left enough room for Sorensen to easily tap it in for a 1-1 tie. The Sharks were back on even footing and went about seizing some control.

“They came out physical,” San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. “We knew they were going to play their best game tonight. Especially early. We were prepared for that. I loved our resolve.”

Two dazzling plays had them grabbing a two-goal lead. First, Labanc survived his hit from Beauchemin and hit Logan Couture with a pass, which Couture took and then made a move to his backhand on the sprawling Gibson and put a shot by him for a power-play conversion. Carlyle felt this one “was a little bit more damaging.”

“You have to find a way to continue to push and create momentum,” Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano said. “It seemed like they took it away from us right away with that goal. And those hurt. When you get a goal early, it’s huge in the playoffs.

“We got to find a way to continue to push. you see other teams around the league, they get the second and third one right at the beginning. That’s what we needed to do tonight. It seemed like they did a good job of pressing back early.”

The Ducks could feel salty about San Jose getting a man advantage in the first place with referee Francois Charron calling a questionable hooking penalty on Montour but not getting a power play earlier when Ondrej Kase was tripped by the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl.

But they couldn’t kill off the Montour minor. Brent Burns factored into that, intercepting an attempted Ducks clear allowed the scoring play to start. Hertl made a play all on his own to lift the Sharks into a 3-1 lead.

With Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf trailing the play, Hertl moved into the offensive zone and backed off Montour and Beauchemin enough to cut through the two and then beat Gibson cleanly with a shot on a play that all three could have played better.

“Obviously they made a nice play in the neutral zone there,” Montour said. “Beauch tried to slap it away. They got to the puck first. For me, it was kind of a tough play because I was pretty far back and he was coming with lots of speed.

“You have to tip your hat. It was a nice goal. For me, it was one of those where I just tried to get as much body position as I could. He luckily enough flipped it over and it went in. 3-1. It’s tough to go from that. The guys worked hard. We had our chances. It just didn’t go our way.”

Added Carlyle: “When you gift things in the playoffs, usually you’re going to end up on the wrong side of the score.”

From that moment, Gibson was lights out. The Ducks stayed in the game because their netminder kept them in it, making several do-or-die saves. Joe Pavelski and Timo Meier were stopped on strong back-to-back chances in the second and Chris Tierney had a grade-A chance stolen away in the third.

Those helped the Ducks have a look at this one after being totally shut down in Game 1. Lindholm got them close at 7:51 in the second with a pinpoint power-play wrist shot that beat Jones after the defenseman got a feed from Getzlaf.

Flush with momentum, Corey Perry had a tie game on his stick after a terrific pass from Montour. The winger made a move on Jones to get him off his skates but put his shot off the post and the Sharks managed to clear the puck away.

Jones was tested more than Game 1. His steadiness behind the Sharks’ tight system has given him the edge over Gibson’s occasional brilliance needed to erase mistakes from his teammates.

“He was excellent and I thought both goalies were excellent,” DeBoer said. “We had four or five grade-A chances to extend the lead at different points in the second and third and I thought Gibson made some big saves too. Jonesy has been a rock for us in this time of the year.”

 

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Everything but the goal: Ducks can’t finish in a 3-2 loss to Sharks

  • San Jose Sharks fans are surrounded by “Lets Go Ducks” towels prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks fans are surrounded by “Lets Go Ducks” towels prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones heads onto the ice prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones heads onto the ice prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • 11 month old Morrison Hart with Calab Hart prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    11 month old Morrison Hart with Calab Hart prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr tosses a puck into the stands prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr tosses a puck into the stands prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks fans with a shark teeth cut out prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks fans with a shark teeth cut out prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The National Anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    The National Anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammate center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammate center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks fan cheer against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks fan cheer against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones looks on after giving up a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones looks on after giving up a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks fans cheer after a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks fans cheer after a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson blocks a San Jose Sharks shot in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson blocks a San Jose Sharks shot in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) fights for the puck against San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) fights for the puck against San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks left wing Marcus Sorensen (20) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks left wing Marcus Sorensen (20) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson looks toward the scoreboard after giving up a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson looks toward the scoreboard after giving up a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring on a power play as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) looks away in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring on a power play as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) looks away in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., onSaturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., onSaturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) celebrates after scoring past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) celebrates after scoring past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • ]San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) yes a shot by the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    ]San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) yes a shot by the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson is treated by medical staff after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson is treated by medical staff after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson sits alone on the ice after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson sits alone on the ice after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM — It’s a 3-2 league, as Darryl Sutter used to say.

The Ducks had the “two” Saturday night, on a game-opening shot by Jakob Silfverberg that hit a stick and fluttered past Martin Jones, and an indefensible power-play blast into the top right corner by Hampus Lindholm.

Otherwise, scoring goals was like pulling a camel through the eye of a needle. Winning this Western Conference first-round series will be approximately as hard.

This Game 2 loss to San Jose, which dealt the Ducks an 0-2 series deficit,  featured hot effort and cold hard truth. There will always be games like this in the playoffs, when you do almost all you can, and Anaheim did that for most of the second and third period.

But there will periodically be losses in those games, because playoff games are so competitive. Therefore, you can’t afford a no-show like Game One, and now the Ducks have to win four out of five against a team they’ve only beaten once all season.

“We played okay, but it wasn’t good enough to win, and we’re down 2-nothing,” Andrew Cogliano said glumly. “They do a good job defensively, especially around the net, but then they always have.

“We could look at certain plays, but the reality is that you have to make those plays in your own building. We have a team that’s been in these situations before, but we know it’s going to be tough.There are types of goals that go in this time of the year, and we were on the wrong end of that tonight. You’ve got to put the puck in and you’ve got to make a difference that way.”

Cogliano essentially said the same things 11 months ago when the Ducks were feeling the burn of a Game 6, season-ending loss at Nashville. They peppered Pekka Rinne with puck after puck, to no avail.

Of the 16 playoff teams this season, no one scored fewer goals than the Ducks, who ranked 19th in the league in scoring, 23rtd in power play percentage and 30th in power play opportunities.

If you watched the NHL Saturday afternoon, you saw Nashville’s Victor Arvidsson streak from coast to coast and, at full speed, slap a goal past Colorado goalie Jonathan Bernier (who, ironically, was the Ducks’ losing goaltender in that Game 6 loss at Nashville last year). The Ducks rarely do that. It’s much harder work for them. They probably burn more calories per goal than any team in hockey.

Corey Perry used to stand in front of the net and knock in pucks as if it was the county fair.  Here he skated in on Jones and doinked the post.

It’s been a while now, but Teemu Selanne used to spin goals out of nothing. Bobby Ryan, too. Rickard Rakell has that gift but had one shot on goal Saturday.

Nobody’s saying Ryan should still be here, and nobody’s picking apart the deals that sent William Karlsson to Columbus and then Las Vegas, or Kyle Palmieri to New Jersey. But the Ducks need several pairs of hands that work like those do. Without them, it reduces the margin for error.

The Ducks had 11 shots on goal in Period 2 and again in Period 3. They had 30 overall, and the Sharks blocked 16 and 15 others missed the net. Chief among those was a Brandon Montour howler that sailed over Jones’ right shoulder and onto the glass. Montour was running a 2-on-1 at the time, a rare luxury against a defensive team like San Jose.

Ryan Getzlaf, centering a line with Rakell and Ondrej Kase, supervised a hard-working shift that ended when the puck dribbled off Kase’s stick. San Jose jumped on it, and Gibson had to make an all-world save with his blocker against Chris Tierney.

No doubt Cam Fowler would allow the Ducks to escape their zone better. They seemed imprisoned there for the longest time in the second period, trailing 3-1, when San Jose’s Paul Martin bailed them out with a slashing penalty. Lindholm, from Getzlaf, beat Jones and cut the lead to one. It didn’t move from there.

“You can’t give up three goals and expect to win,” Lindholm said. “We can’t let that happen every game.”

And no doubt Fowler would help the Ducks navigate the neutral zone better. But the Sharks don’t have Joe Thornton or Joel Ward either. The injuries were worth mentioning in the first half of the season, not now.

Some remembered that the Ducks trailed Edmonton 2-0 last year in the second round, also losing Games 1-2 at home. They won in seven games, but it took the Komeback on Katella (cq) to pull out Game 5.

“Sure, we can draw on that,” Lindholm said. “People have not been believing in us all year but we know what we’re capable of.”

Lindholm had his hands all over this game, from the moment he jammed Evander Kane in the mouth and started the Ducks’ hitting game. Pretty soon Francois Beauchemin was wiping out Kevin Labanc, and Nick Ritchie was coming from behind to spill Dylan DeMelo, practically in Labanc’s lap.

“We don’t hit just to hit,” Lindholm said tartly. “We hit to get the puck in our zone and get our offense started.”

“I liked the way we handled that,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “I loved our resolve and our pushback. We didn’t ask the referees to take care of it and we stood in there and came out of that period ahead 2-1.”

The Sharks also got Logan Couture’s power play goal after an undetectable hooking penalty called on Montour, but Gibson could have played that better. Same goes for Tomas Hertl’s foray through the Ducks’ defense, as Hertl imitated Mikalea Shiffrin and flipped a backhand shot over Gibson’s shoulder. Hertl is also 26-15 in faceoffs in two games.

The Ducks needed all the chances they could get, and when Perry shouldered Melker Karlsson to the ice with 3:43 left and got an interference penalty, there went two minutes of attack time.

It is not yet time to be reminded that the Ducks haven’t been swept in a playoff series since Detroit in 1999. “We won’t go up there and lay down,” Carlyle said, although maybe they should try scoring that way.

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  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson is treated by medical staff after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson is treated by medical staff after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson blocks a San Jose Sharks shot in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson blocks a San Jose Sharks shot in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson sits alone on the ice after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson sits alone on the ice after having his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (not pictured) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks fan cheer against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks fan cheer against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson blocks a San Jose Sharks shot in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson blocks a San Jose Sharks shot in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68) has his helmet knocked off by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) scrambles for the loose puck against San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) and center Logan Couture (39) in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The National Anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    The National Anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • ]San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) yes a shot by the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    ]San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) yes a shot by the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) celebrates after scoring past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) celebrates after scoring past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) on a power play in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., onSaturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., onSaturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) in the second period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring on a power play as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) looks away in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is mobbed by teammates after scoring on a power play as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) looks away in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) on a power play in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson looks toward the scoreboard after giving up a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson looks toward the scoreboard after giving up a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks left wing Marcus Sorensen (20) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks left wing Marcus Sorensen (20) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks left wing Marcus Sorensen (20) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks left wing Marcus Sorensen (20) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (74) trips up Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) fights for the puck against San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) fights for the puck against San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks fans cheer after a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks fans cheer after a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones looks on after giving up a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones looks on after giving up a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammate center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammate center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammate center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammate center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammate center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammate center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Officials during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Officials during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks during the national anthem prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks fans with a shark teeth cut out prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks fans with a shark teeth cut out prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks fans cheer prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks fans cheer prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr tosses a puck into the stands prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr tosses a puck into the stands prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • 11 month old Morrison Hart with Calab Hart prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    11 month old Morrison Hart with Calab Hart prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones prepares in the hall way prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones prepares in the hall way prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones heads onto the ice prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones heads onto the ice prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks fans are surrounded by “Lets Go Ducks” towels prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks fans are surrounded by “Lets Go Ducks” towels prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Pucks on the ice prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Pucks on the ice prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr tosses a puck into the stands prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr tosses a puck into the stands prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Pucks on the ice prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Pucks on the ice prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin warms up prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase skates past Anaheim Ducks fans prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Jose Sharks fans are surrounded by “Lets Go Ducks” towels prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
(Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    San Jose Sharks fans are surrounded by “Lets Go Ducks” towels prior to game 2 of a NHL hockey first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
    (Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM – The Ducks were better in Game 2 but that was to be expected after a dismal Game 1. Much better. Far better. But not completely better.

Hence, the problem the Ducks have been unable to shake. San Jose stayed better. And the Sharks are heading home with a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 Western Conference first-round series.

Martin Jones followed up his Game 1 shutout with a 28-save effort Saturday night and San Jose made a two-goal lead stand up in a 3-2 victory over the Ducks in front of an overflow crowd of 17,430 at Honda Center.

The Ducks are dealing with a 2-0 series deficit for the second straight postseason. They faced that against Edmonton in the second round after losing two home games to open it but rallied and won Game 7 to capture their first playoff round after dropping the first two games.

They’ll need to pull off some similar heroics to advance.  Jakob Silfverberg and Hampus Lindholm scored goals in a decisive improved effort for Game 2 but they weren’t enough. Jones outdueled Ducks goalie John Gibson, who made 32 stops. Game 3 is Monday in San Jose.

“It’s a different team,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “Different group of players. I know the resolve in our room is one that I guarantee you we’re not going to lay down.”

Teams that have taken 2-0 series leads went on to win them 78.7 percent of the time, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Ducks defied those odds but they’ve also lost the opening two games at home in three of their last five series.

“We have to go out there and outwork them,” defenseman Hampus Lindholm said. “Get those wins that are going to be huge for us. All year people have been counting us out a lot of times. We’ve been stepping up when we needed the most. I believe in this group here.”

Brandon Montour also put up a brave front. “We’ve been down two before,” Montour said. “They got to win four. The series isn’t over. It’s tough to lose two at home here but it’s a series. We’ll come back and play hard for next game.”

The message after a 3-0 Game 1 trouncing was that the Ducks had to skate harder and get in position to deliver the physical edge to their game. It was heeded with emphasis in the early going.

Nick Ritchie put a big hit on San Jose’s Paul Martin in the opening minutes. Lindholm dropped Sharks forward Evander Kane, who had two goals in Game 1, with a clean open-ice hit. Francois Beauchemin crushed San Jose winger Kevin Labanc with a hit that knocked his helmet off.

There was energy that they played with. Silfverberg provided that jolt just 40 seconds in with the game’s first shot, a hard wrist try from distance that Jones didn’t get a good read on and watched sail through him for the Ducks’ first goal of the series and initial lead.

And the Ducks stayed engaged. San Jose went about withstanding the expected surge and forged a tie game. The Sharks did it by taking advantage of Anaheim’s third defensive pairing, with Kevin Bieksa making his series debut and playing his first game since March 16.

Sidelined for a month in order to have surgery on his left hand, Bieksa couldn’t keep San Jose’s Marcus Sorensen from keeping the puck and getting a pass back to Brenden Dillon back at the point. Dillon threw it behind the Ducks’ net for a designed carom and Sorensen read it, getting to the net.

With Gibson up in the crease, it left enough room for Sorensen to easily tap it in for a 1-1 tie. The Sharks were back on even footing and went about seizing some control.

“They came out physical,” San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. “We knew they were going to play their best game tonight. Especially early. We were prepared for that. I loved our resolve.”

Two dazzling plays had them grabbing a two-goal lead. First, Labanc survived his hit from Beauchemin and hit Logan Couture with a pass, which Couture took and then made a move to his backhand on the sprawling Gibson and put a shot by him for a power-play conversion. Carlyle felt this one “was a little bit more damaging.”

“You have to find a way to continue to push and create momentum,” Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano said. “It seemed like they took it away from us right away with that goal. And those hurt. When you get a goal early, it’s huge in the playoffs.

“We got to find a way to continue to push. you see other teams around the league, they get the second and third one right at the beginning. That’s what we needed to do tonight. It seemed like they did a good job of pressing back early.”

The Ducks could feel salty about San Jose getting a man advantage in the first place with referee Francois Charron calling a questionable hooking penalty on Montour but not getting a power play earlier when Ondrej Kase was tripped by the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl.

But they couldn’t kill off the Montour minor. Brent Burns factored into that, intercepting an attempted Ducks clear allowed the scoring play to start. Hertl made a play all on his own to lift the Sharks into a 3-1 lead.

With Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf trailing the play, Hertl moved into the offensive zone and backed off Montour and Beauchemin enough to cut through the two and then beat Gibson cleanly with a shot on a play that all three could have played better.

“Obviously they made a nice play in the neutral zone there,” Montour said. “Beauch tried to slap it away. They got to the puck first. For me, it was kind of a tough play because I was pretty far back and he was coming with lots of speed.

“You have to tip your hat. It was a nice goal. For me, it was one of those where I just tried to get as much body position as I could. He luckily enough flipped it over and it went in. 3-1. It’s tough to go from that. The guys worked hard. We had our chances. It just didn’t go our way.”

Added Carlyle: “When you gift things in the playoffs, usually you’re going to end up on the wrong side of the score.”

From that moment, Gibson was lights out. The Ducks stayed in the game because their netminder kept them in it, making several do-or-die saves. Joe Pavelski and Timo Meier were stopped on strong back-to-back chances in the second and Chris Tierney had a grade-A chance stolen away in the third.

Those helped the Ducks have a look at this one after being totally shut down in Game 1. Lindholm got them close at 7:51 in the second with a pinpoint power-play wrist shot that beat Jones after the defenseman got a feed from Getzlaf.

Flush with momentum, Corey Perry had a tie game on his stick after a terrific pass from Montour. The winger made a move on Jones to get him off his skates but put his shot off the post and the Sharks managed to clear the puck away.

Jones was tested more than Game 1. His steadiness behind the Sharks’ tight system has given him the edge over Gibson’s occasional brilliance needed to erase mistakes from his teammates.

“He was excellent and I thought both goalies were excellent,” DeBoer said. “We had four or five grade-A chances to extend the lead at different points in the second and third and I thought Gibson made some big saves too. Jonesy has been a rock for us in this time of the year.”

 

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