Ducks’ rally comes up short as Sharks take 2-0 lead back to San Jose

  • 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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  • 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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Extra work pays off again for Ducks as Ondrej Kase’s overtime goal beats Avalanche

  • The Anaheim Ducks players celebrate the game-winning overtime goal by Ondrej Kase in an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    The Anaheim Ducks players celebrate the game-winning overtime goal by Ondrej Kase in an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Cam Fowler moves the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Cam Fowler moves the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier guards his net during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier guards his net during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Rickard Rakell, of Sweden, waits for the puck to drop during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Rickard Rakell, of Sweden, waits for the puck to drop during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Rickard Rakell, of Sweden, waits for the puck to drop during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Rickard Rakell, of Sweden, waits for the puck to drop during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Nick Ritchie, left, skates past Colorado Avalanche’s Nikita Zadorov during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Nick Ritchie, left, skates past Colorado Avalanche’s Nikita Zadorov during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Adam Henrique, left, and Colorado Avalanche’s Tyson Barrie tumble to the ice during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Adam Henrique, left, and Colorado Avalanche’s Tyson Barrie tumble to the ice during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Colorado Avalanche’s Matt Nieto moves the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Colorado Avalanche’s Matt Nieto moves the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon moves the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon moves the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Colorado Avalanche’s Tyson Jost moves the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Colorado Avalanche’s Tyson Jost moves the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf waits for the puck to drop during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf waits for the puck to drop during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Colorado Avalanche’s Sven Andrighetto, of Switzerland, hits the puck away from Anaheim Ducks’ Andrew Cogliano during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Colorado Avalanche’s Sven Andrighetto, of Switzerland, hits the puck away from Anaheim Ducks’ Andrew Cogliano during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog, of Sweden, waits for the puck to drop during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog, of Sweden, waits for the puck to drop during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Colorado Avalanche’s Carl Soderberg skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Colorado Avalanche’s Carl Soderberg skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Colorado Avalanche’s Matt Nieto moves the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Colorado Avalanche’s Matt Nieto moves the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog, of Sweden, skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog, of Sweden, skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Colorado Avalanche’s Sven Andrighetto, right, of Switzerland, is defended by Anaheim Ducks’ Brandon Montour during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Colorado Avalanche’s Sven Andrighetto, right, of Switzerland, is defended by Anaheim Ducks’ Brandon Montour during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry moves the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry moves the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Kesler waits for the puck to drop during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Kesler waits for the puck to drop during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Brandon Montour looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Brandon Montour looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Cam Fowler skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Cam Fowler skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Rickard Rakell, of Sweden, skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Rickard Rakell, of Sweden, skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Nick Ritchie hits the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Nick Ritchie hits the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry moves the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry moves the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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ANAHEIM – When the second period began, John Gibson did not come of the tunnel and resume his position in goal. It might have spelled doom for the Ducks but this has become a familiar turn of events for them.

So familiar that it did not faze them one bit. And their Stanley Cup playoff hopes didn’t vanish in his absence.

Ondrej Kase scored on a nifty individual move at 1:14 of overtime as the Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to take a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche and bust their way back into the third automatic spot in the Pacific Division with another dramatic win Sunday night at Honda Center.

Following up Rickard Rakell’s overtime score Friday to beat the Kings, Kase gave the Ducks (41-25-13) another huge victory by making a move on Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard and faking a pass toward Josh Manson on the rush before putting a shot by goalie Jonathan Bernier into the left corner of the net.

“I can pass it but it was nothing there,” Kase said. “So I just shoot the puck. I saw a little bit that he moved so I tried it short side.”

It was Kase’s second career overtime winner. The 22-year-old Czech right wing has three more chances to hit the 20-goal mark in his second season.

“He’s a special talent,” said Ryan Kesler, who delivered a critical tying goal. “We know how good he is and how good he can be. That’s the stuff he does. He does something stupid every night. That was definitely stupid.”

Bernier, who had 38 saves, seemed to be on his way toward beating his former team for the third time in as many meetings this season. But the Ducks shook off Gibson leaving the game and weren’t fazed by two Tyson Jost goals that gave the Avalanche a 3-1 lead.

Adam Henrique scored 7:43 into the third and Kesler banged in a rebound from the slot just 1:36 later to make it new game. Kesler has only eight goals in 41 games as he plays through the aftereffects of major hip surgery but seven of those have come in the final period of regulation.

“We don’t have a young team, per se, here so I think we’re in a situation where we want to be in the playoffs,” Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano said. “It’s that simple. We’re going to need to find ways to make that happen. It seems like we’re crawling to the point of the playoff right now.

“At the end of the day, it’s been a long year. It’s been a hard year. It’s been a grind in terms of injuries and how we’ve played. we want to make it count. You don’t want to not be in it. We’re pushing ourselves right to the bitter end to get in there.”

Toward the end of the first period, Gibson was hit hard as Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog ran into him with some significant assistance from Kesler as he gave him a cross check in the back. Gibson got up gingerly during the resulting stoppage but finished out what was left of the opening 20 minutes.

Gibson never did return. As he has done on multiple other occasions this season, Ryan Miller entered the game in relief of the injured goalie. The 37-year-old has usually done it in the third period and helped close out a few wins for the Ducks.

In this instance, Miller had a power play to deal with right away with defenseman Hampus Lindholm sitting in the penalty box to serve a second interference infraction. It was far from an ideal scenario for someone who hadn’t played a game in over three weeks. And Colorado took advantage.

Jost beat Kesler to a rebound of a blocked shot and Miller could reach for air as the Avalanche took a 2-1 lead on their first shot against him. The edge grew to two goals when Nick Ritchie’s offensive zone pass was picked off, allowing Colorado to head the other way on a rush.

Alexander Kerfoot, who got the game’s first goal on a wacky play, left a pass for Jost to rip a wrist shot past Miller. In the first, Kerfoot got credited with giving the Avs a 1-0 lead on a faceoff draw where the Ducks’ Rickard Rakell won it but sharply sent the puck back off Corey Perry’s skate and past Gibson.

Cogliano responded six minutes in. With linemate Jakob Silfverberg giving him a tremendous area pass forward, the speedy veteran skated to the puck and then waited for Bernier to commit before going wide on him and putting in a sharp-angle shot.

VERMETTE STAYS PATIENT

When it comes to the action that Antoine Vermette has seen over the past few weeks, the veteran center has done more work as a fill-in for Kesler during his maintenance days off after games than playing in contests as himself.

Vermette became more of a part-time player in February and was used very little in March. Only three times had the 35-year-old suited up for games. The start of April began the same way, with him again a healthy scratch.

“It’s real difficult,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “It’s obviously something he didn’t plan on. We didn’t plan on. He’s just got to stay ready and be positive. And he’s done that. If you see him, he’s jumped in and went the extra time through the lines. When Kes doesn’t skate, we put him in there.

“He’s not sitting back and pouting. He’s waiting for an opportunity and trying to stay sharp.”

It is not a subject that’s easy for Vermette to talk about but complain he will not do.

“You don’t want to be a distraction,” Vermette said. “That’s the main thing. Be supportive to your teammates.”

Having been a regular player for most of his career, Vermette said he respects the players that are in a part-time status who keep a good attitude about their situation. “I think that’s the way you want to approach it,” he said.

While playing for Chicago in their run to a 2015 Stanley Cup title, Vermette scored big goals for the Blackhawks after being inserted back into the lineup following playoff games where he had been scratched. Those are memories that he can lean on.

“You want to be ready,” he said. “I guess it could be a way to kind of keep faith and keep that focus on.”

ICE CHIPS

Defenseman Francois Beauchemin played in his 900th NHL game. The 38-year-old has played 589 of those with the Ducks over three different stints.

Troy Terry has watched the past two games after playing in his NHL debut Tuesday in Vancouver. Terry practiced Saturday but had been dealing with a minor injuries.

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Trevor Lewis’ shootout goal helps Kings prevail over Ducks

  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) falls on Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) falls on Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid (56) fights with Anaheim Ducks left wing Mike Liambas (51) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid (56) fights with Anaheim Ducks left wing Mike Liambas (51) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano (7) fights with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Oscar Fantenberg (7) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano (7) fights with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Oscar Fantenberg (7) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano (7) fights with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Oscar Fantenberg (7) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano (7) fights with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Oscar Fantenberg (7) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano (7) fights with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Oscar Fantenberg (7) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano (7) fights with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Oscar Fantenberg (7) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Kevin Roy (63) looses his balance against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Derek Forbort (24) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Kevin Roy (63) looses his balance against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Derek Forbort (24) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights for the puck with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) during the second period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) fights for the puck with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) during the second period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller (30) blocks a Los Angeles Kings shot during the second period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller (30) blocks a Los Angeles Kings shot during the second period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Kings left wing Tanner Pearson (70) shoots past Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) during the second period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Kings left wing Tanner Pearson (70) shoots past Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) during the second period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Kings Jonny Brodzinski fights for the loose puck against Anaheim Ducks center Logan Shaw (48) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Kings Jonny Brodzinski fights for the loose puck against Anaheim Ducks center Logan Shaw (48) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Kings Jonny Brodzinski fights for the loose puck against Anaheim Ducks center Logan Shaw (48) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Kings Jonny Brodzinski fights for the loose puck against Anaheim Ducks center Logan Shaw (48) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid (56) stare at each other during the second period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid (56) stare at each other during the second period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Derek Forbort (24) reaches for a puck against Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller (30) during the second period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Derek Forbort (24) reaches for a puck against Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller (30) during the second period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Derek Grant (38) during the second period of a NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks center Derek Grant (38) during the second period of a NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) along with teammates left wing Nick Ritchie (37) and center Derek Grant (38) during the second period of a NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) along with teammates left wing Nick Ritchie (37) and center Derek Grant (38) during the second period of a NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks celebrates after Kevin Bieksa scores against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks celebrates after Kevin Bieksa scores against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks celebrates after Kevin Bieksa scores against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks celebrates after Kevin Bieksa scores against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks celebrates after Kevin Bieksa scores against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks celebrates after Kevin Bieksa scores against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks fans celebrates after Kevin Bieksa (not pictured) scores against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks fans celebrates after Kevin Bieksa (not pictured) scores against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick after giving up a goal to the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick after giving up a goal to the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid (56) fights with Anaheim Ducks left wing Mike Liambas (51) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid (56) fights with Anaheim Ducks left wing Mike Liambas (51) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) blocks a shot on goal by the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) blocks a shot on goal by the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano (7) shoots against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Anaheim Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano (7) shoots against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) during the first period of a NHL hockey game at Staples Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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LOS ANGELES – It only made sense for Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller would have to match wits in a shootout after dueling for 65 minutes in the latest version of the Freeway Faceoff.

And it was Quick who prevailed in the battle of the two most accomplished American-born goaltenders in this era.

Trevor Lewis scored the decisive goal in the shootout and Quick stopped the Ducks’ final try in lifting the Kings to a 2-1 victory at Staples Center. Quick made 25 saves in regulation and overtime while Miller stopped 33 shots.

Lewis beat Miller with a shot in the fourth round after Anze Kopitar kept it going with a neat move and score to answer the Ducks’ Corey Perry, who kicked it off by beating Quick with a fake slap shot and curl-around conversion. The Kings (13-8-3) won for just the second time in nine games.

“I think I’ve shot in two shootouts in my life and one was against him,” Lewis said. “He didn’t bit at all. I think he studies shooters a lot and I’ve shot on him quite a bit in the summertime. I think he knew what I was going to do, so I switched it up and fortunately it went in.”

Under siege for the better part of two weeks, the Ducks tightened up their defensive game and didn’t allow the Kings to switch on a shooting gallery. Meanwhile, Miller picked right up from where he left off in a often-interrupted start to his season.

Injured on Nov. 9 against Vancouver, Miller made his first start and was as sharp as he had been in his other four appearances. And it seemed as if he was poised to get his first shutout with the Ducks and the 40th of his career.

Kings coach John Stevens made the move to pull Quick for an extra attacker and it paid off immediately. Kopitar won a draw from Ducks faceoff ace Antoine Vermette, the NHL’s best in that area, and got the puck to Drew Doughty.

Doughty put a shot on goal that created a rebound and had Miller sprawling to the ice. While Lewis tied up two Ducks defenders in front, Dustin Brown corralled the puck and got two chances to lift the puck up and tie the game with 1:32 remaining.

“It’s a tough goal,” Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm said. “Obviously, you don’t want to let in goals that late in the period. They did a good job too. We kind of got tangled up and couldn’t find the puck. He goes around the net. Miller makes a [heck] of a save and he gets it right back on his stick.

“Those goals, you can’t always do something them but obviously you’ve got to learn from it for next game.”

Brown lauded Miller’s performance in net. The Kings have scored only 16 goals during their current 2-6-1 spell but the one they got in regulation mattered.

“These are the types of games you need to find a way to win when you’re having a hard time,” Brown said. “I thought we had a lot of really good looks. We just weren’t getting them in the net. We were just staying with it.

“I thought tonight was our best effort in terms of just staying with the game regardless. Lately, we’ve been getting behind in the games and chasing a little bit. Tonight, we stuck to our game plan right to the end.”

Nick Ritchie got the only goal for the Ducks (10-9-4), who scratched out a point but dropped their third straight to kick off a stretch of six games away from Honda Center. It doesn’t get any easier for them as they head to Chicago before making stops in St. Louis, Columbus, Nashville and Vegas.

In the third, Quick kept it a one-goal game with a terrific left pad denial of Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg from in front after linemate Andrew Cogliano gave him a pass while coming in as a fourth attacker. After the Kings tied it, Chris Wagner saw a strong chance to break it get snuffed out by the goalie with 52.5 left.

“We played good enough to almost get the shutout there,” Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa said. “They got one. Losing in a shootout sucks. We all know that.”

These two rivals aren’t what they once were. They’re certainly not the teams that faced off in the spring of 2014, still the only playoff series between the two. But there is nothing diluted about the enmity that exists.

Two minutes had yet to elapse from the opening puck drop when Ducks fourth-liner Mike Liambas squared off with Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid, with MacDermid easily claiming a one-sided bout.

That fight was no surprise, given that MacDermid had 256 penalty minutes over two American Hockey League seasons before graduating to the Kings and Liambas averaged 190 over his last four full AHL seasons and led the San Diego Gulls with 50.

A tilt between the Ducks’ Andrew Cogliano and Kings rookie Oscar Fantenberg was. Neither is known for their pugilistic skills but they joined Liambas and MacDermid in the penalty box less than three minutes later.

And then as the Ducks were killing off an interference penalty by Wagner, Bieksa and the Kings’ Andy Andreoff appeared lay out the ground rules during a faceoff before throwing down their gloves.

The fight didn’t last as Bieksa dropped Andreoff with the same mixed martial arts-style punch he used to fell Philadelphia’s Radko Gudas on Oct. 24. Caught squarely with a right hand to the chin, Andreoff did not return to the game.

“I think this team always brings out the best in us,” Bieksa said. “There’s obviously a pretty strong rivalry there. As you can see, the emotions were pretty high right off the bat. You got everybody going, it was a great game. It was physical, it had a little bit of everything.

“You could tell we wanted this one. You win in the shootout or overtime, you feel like a million bucks. And if you lose, you feel like a zero.”

While the teams went into trading punches in a literal sense, the Ducks landed the first figurative one that counted. Perry got the puck in the Kings’ zone and drew the attention of all five defenders, which allowed Ritchie to get into the slot and slid a low shot past Quick.

It was a welcome sight for the Ducks, who’ve wanted the big winger to be more of a regular physical presence and get in better positions to use his often accurate shot. Ritchie has three goals in 20 games.

 

 

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Ducks stun Oilers with 3 late goals in regulation, take 3-2 series lead on Corey Perry’s goal in 2nd OT

ANAHEIM – Maligned often for his lack of production in the regular season and into the playoffs, Corey Perry found his scoring touch when it was needed to end an epic Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Perry scored his first goal of the series at 6:57 of the second overtime and the Ducks made an amazing late comeback at the end of regulation worth it in a shocking 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

The Ducks were on the brink of elimination as they were trailing, 3-0, deep into the third period. It seemed as if Game 6 on Sunday in Edmonton would be one to stay alive and force a deciding seventh game back at Honda Center, where they had already lost twice and seemed destined for a third.

Meanwhile, the Oilers were in sight of the conference finals after a decade-long absence from the Stanley Cup playoffs.But these Ducks are managed to dip into their well of resilience when they appear ready to be counted out.

Ryan Getzlaf and Cam Fowler scored 35 seconds apart within the final 3:16 of regulation and Rickard Rakell’s dramatic goal with 15 seconds left capped a stunning comeback and forced overtime. And after the first 20 extra minutes saw the Oilers get the better of the scoring chances, the Ducks converted on theirs.

Rakell kept the possession alive in the Oilers’ zone by winning a puck battle with Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse. Getzlaf got the puck with some space and gave Perry a pass as he headed toward the net. The winger made a move on Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and slid the puck in past his outstretched left skate.

It was a moment of elation for the Ducks and one of redemption for Perry, who had just 19 goals during the season. His only other goal in the playoffs was the Game 3 overtime winner against Calgary, which also capped a wild rally from three goals down.

Getzlaf started the comeback with a rocket of a slap shot that took another direction on Oilers goalie Cam Talbot after it skipped off teammate Leon Draisaitl’s block attempt in front. And then after pulling goalie John Gibson for an extra attacker, Fowler went crossbar down with a shot from the point.

The Ducks, in quick-strike fashion, now had an actual look at forging an improbable tie with 2:41 still on the clock. Gibson came off the ice again for another 6-on-5 advantage and Rakell got the puck, touching off a wild celebration on their bench and throughout the arena.

For a moment, the celebration was premature. Oilers coach Todd McLellan challenged the goal, claiming Talbot was interfered with during a mad scramble for the loose puck in front. Ryan Kesler appeared to have a hold of Talbot’s right pad as Rakell found the puck and got it past the goalie.

A review upheld the goal. It was determined that Edmonton defenseman Darnell Nurse initiated the contact by shoving Kesler into Talbot before the puck crossed the goal line. And the celebration was on again, stunning those who had left early after deciding that the Ducks were done.

Until Friday, neither team has yet to win a game in front of sellout crowds begging to be sent home in a state of delirium. By virtue of winning the Pacific Division for fifth consecutive year, the Ducks can be home again for a Game 7. If they win Sunday, they don’t need to deal with that demon.

And their inability to win a close-out Game 6 on the road has proven just as frightening. The Ducks just want the chance to write their postseason wrongs. They gave themselves that with a rally for the ages.

“I think with this team especially, we know that there’s going to be ups and downs in the playoffs,” Ducks center Ryan Kesler said, speaking before the game. “We’ve talked about it since the beginning. We’ve done a good job. When we go down, there’s no panic. We just go about our business and try to get the next one. And the next one after that.

“I think with the momentum swings that there are in playoffs, if we just stay at even keel and keep plugging along, we’ll be fine.”

The line of questioning about facing deficits within individual games but Kesler’s reference can now include the big picture. A dominating first period went unfulfilled and then the Ducks came unglued when the second began.

Connor McDavid has dazzled them and left his imprint but Leon Draisaitl continues to inflict the most pain. Drasaitl has feasted on the Ducks all season and his one-time shot off a pass from Edmonton defenseman Oscar Klefbom squeeze through a sprawling Ducks goalie John Gibson just 15 seconds in.

In Game 1, Draisaitl factored greatly in the Oilers getting a jump on the series with a goal and three assists. The season total – eight goals and eight assists in nine games – will give Ducks coach Randy Carlyle a headache.

McDavid then took the lead. He used his stick to bunt in Mark Letestu’s pass back to him, making the Ducks pay for penalties by Nick Ritchie and Cam Fowler that gave Edmonton a 5-on-3 power play. The Ducks have allowed at least one in eight of their nine playoff games.

A potential turning point briefly gave the Ducks hope as Ritchie deflection in Brandon Montour’s point shot slid in through Oilers goalie Cam Talbot. But the apparent goal was immediately waved off and a review upheld the original call, with Ritchie being determined to have redirected the puck with a high stick.

The Ducks were already in scramble mode, having gotten out of their structure after going all-out in the first to break the Oilers but unable to crack Talbot. A two-goal lead became three as McDavid sprinted up the ice with his teammates on a 4-on-1 fast break.

Drake Caggiula made Edmonton coach Todd McLellan look prescient for moving him up to the right side of McDavid and having Leon Draisaitl at center to deal with a red-hot Getzlaf. Caggiula applied the finish to McDavid’s perfect pass for a 3-0 lead.

Not only did the Ducks lose the special teams battle but they’ll look back at the inability to solve Talbot in the first. They racked up 13 shots and controlled possession throughout but the Oilers’ goalie offered a big response to the 10 goals he allowed in Games 3 and 4.

Coming off a massive Game 4, Getzlaf was looking to have a similar start. But one great chance was foiled by Talbot. And when he was awarded a penalty shot at 9:12 of the first for getting held by Milan Lucic on a potential breakaway, Getzlaf missed high and wide on his golden opportunity.

 

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Whicker: Flames’ absence is a present for Ducks

  • Ducks center Rickard Rakell (67), right, scores past Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott during Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series on Thursday night at Honda Center. (Photo by Kyusung Gong, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Ducks center Rickard Rakell (67), right, scores past Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott during Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series on Thursday night at Honda Center. (Photo by Kyusung Gong, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Ducks center Rickard Rakell (67), left, celebrates his goal with center Ryan Getzlaf (15) during the game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series against the Flames at Honda Center in Anaheim on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Ducks center Rickard Rakell (67), left, celebrates his goal with center Ryan Getzlaf (15) during the game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series against the Flames at Honda Center in Anaheim on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Ducks fans cheers for the team before the game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series against the Flames at Honda Center in Anaheim on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Ducks fans cheers for the team before the game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series against the Flames at Honda Center in Anaheim on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Orange County Register/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM >> He didn’t have time to wonder what was wrong with this picture. Kevin Bieksa got the puck and looked up and saw the landscape of Antarctica. Nothing but permafrost, as far as he could see.

Well, he did see Ryan Getzlaf, motoring toward the opposite blue line, but he didn’t see any opponents. No Calgary Flames. It was an odd time to hold a team meeting.

“We stopped playing,” Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said. “We did that twice in this game.”

Bieksa fired the pass to Getzlaf at the Calgary blue line. Getzlaf was joined by Rickard Rakell as five Flames poured out of the bench to replace the truants. But they couldn’t get out there quickly enough to prevent a 3-on-zero.

Getzlaf’s rebound went off Brian Elliott and right to Rakell, who scored to tie the score in a game the visitors had been threatening to take over.

“That was a game-changer,” Gulutzan said, accurately, and the Ducks went on to win Game 1 of this first-round series, 3-2.

It wasn’t the whole game. Anaheim had back-to-back power plays later in the period and took a 3-2 lead on Jakob Silfverberg’s shot, after the Flames had been pinned in their own zone for 1:25.

And the Ducks had to survive a 3-on-5 and a 4-on-6 at the end, with goalie John Gibson stopping Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau on a bid for overtime

But the Ducks were able to score a goal against air. In playoff games that have molecular margins of error, this was a gift that the Flames couldn’t give.

“I saw they were on a change, I saw Getzie was out there with speed, and all I wanted to do was give him a perfect pass,” Bieksa said. “That’s what happened. He didn’t have to wait for it.”

How in the name of Penn and Teller does a team just disappear?

The Flames changed all five players, and the line of Kris Versteeg, Alex Chiasson and Sam Bennett didn’t get off the ice before Bieksa saw the wide-open spaces. That’s where plus-minus can be fraudulent. Mikael Backlund, Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Frolik got a minus, and all they did was scramble onto the ice, which they couldn’t do until the laggards arrived.

“That’s playoff hockey,” Bieksa said. “There’s a lot of confusion going on. I don’t know if their D were caught out on a shift or what (to create the five-man change), but that’s what wins or loses playoff games. We’ve been on the wrong end of bad changes at times. It’s the type of thing that decides a game.”

The Flames had shaken off a bad first minute and took a 2-1 lead early in the second when Versteeg’s slick backhand pass was converted by Bennett. “They were keeping us bottled up,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.

But the Ducks only needed a little twist of the cap to escape that bottle and get straightened out. Refusing to punish such mistakes is another way to avoid winning a playoff game.

“That’s something we talked about in detail the last couple of days because details like that are important,” Gulutzan said. “But I guess we thought it was icing on that play, and we hesitated coming to the bench, and it cost us.

“We stopped playing early in the game, too, on the too-many-men penalty when the puck hit their skate and it wasn’t called. That set us back, too.”

That happened in a frenzied opening minute. The Ducks were charging and the Flames employed the old Scott Niedermayer trick of shooting the puck at the bench area in hopes of hitting someone leaving the ice, which would be a too many men penalty. The puck did hit Hampus Lindholm but the infraction wasn’t called. Next thing you know, Dougie Hamilton of the Flames is called for tripping, and Getzlaf is beating Elliott on a shot from the right point, with Patrick Eaves buzzing the net.

Sean Monahan tied it on a power play goal after T.J. Brodie kept intercepting what Carlyle called “soft clears” by the Ducks. Then the Flames played very comfortably until they realized none of them was on the ice.

The Flames took too many penalties, thanks to “youthful exuberance” according to Gulutzan, but then the Ducks spent the final minutes in a minority. But Getzlaf, brilliant all game, kept clearing the puck, and he also had to win faceoffs with Ryan Kesler in the box.

“You need to win draws in that situation,” Gulutzan said.

The Ducks’ rookie defensemen, Brandon Montour and Shea Theodore, held up their end. Theodore played over 12 minutes, blocked three shots and had two assists, both on the power play.

“They were very solid,” Bieksa said. “I thought generally we were comfortable with the first period. I thought we might be overzealous, maybe run around and take some penalties, but I thought we were pretty poised most of the game, very mature. We don’t need anybody to play like Superman.”

But if the Ducks can recover the superpower it takes to vaporize a whole hockey team, they’ll take that.

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