Sharks vs Ducks

Sharks vs Ducks Live Stream: The San Jose Sharks host the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of their first-round series. Here’s everything you need to know to watch.
The San Jose Sharks are the only Western Conference road team to win Games 1 and 2 of their first-round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s a particularly impressive feat, as their opponent, the Anaheim Ducks, have made the playoffs on 11 of 13 occasions since the 2004-05 lockout.

Game 1 was a night of individual performances. Evander Kane’s 2 goals and Martin Jones’ 25 save shutout were the central avenues through which the Sharks ushered forward a victory that stunned one of the most dedicated fanbases in the hockey world.

Game 2 illustrated the depth of each respective team. The Ducks established an early lead, but it was overtaken by a stunning scoring spree propelled by Logan Couture, Marcus Sorensen and Tomas Hertl. Both goaltenders were sound, but Jones’ 28 saves proved to be the difference maker.

The Ducks head into Game 3 facing circumstances that are among the most unfavorable in the league. The absence of Cam Fowler has left head coach Randy Carlyle in a position where he must place deep trust in Brandon Montour, Hampus Lindholm, Francois Beauchemin and Josh Manson. Each defender currently averages more than 20 minutes per night.

Sharks vs Ducks Live Stream

For the Ducks, missed opportunities must be a thing of the past. If they’re serious about winning the series, look for forwards to bury chances and defensemen to clock in tough minutes. The Sharks will look to capitalize upon an opportunity for the ages, as a win sets the stage for a sweep.

Already down by one game in this opening round series and desperately needing to get a win at home so that they would be guaranteed a return visit back home, the Anaheim Ducks came out firing to start. They got some early luck on Jakob Silfverbergs opening score and finished that up with punishing physical play and spurts of relentless pressure.

Yet things would not continue to go the Ducks way, the Sharks fought back and tied things up. Executing on well coordinated plays that left the Ducks own haphazard attempts for some semblance of offense slightly wanting. The visitors would eventually take the lead and never looked back, killing the Ducks with their speed. The eventual game winner, an example of how much better Anaheim needs to be with their man to man play; or just how much better skilled the San Jose offense is.

So its on to San Jose where they could sweep the series but we are silently rocking back and forth in the corner trying not to think about that because hey? Yknow what, this does feel kind of like one of those series where all the pressure is on the home team in their building, so lets give them some of that shall we? Its not like the Sharks have never been up by say… 3 games? in a series before and still managed to lose it.

PS The Gulls lost today so their season is now over; which is really quite terrible since they had been in a playoff position for the last few months. But the silver lining there is the Ducks now have the option of mixing and matching maybe a Roy and Kossila on the 4th line, if things get super desperate and there is nothing else left to lose.

CF% was 50/50 for both teams; which – I don’t remember the game 1 stats – but that seems better. There were also a lot of lengthy periods of time with the Ducks keeping the Sharks from leaving their zone and generating 2 or 3 average to dangerous quality scoring chances from it. Granted the Sharks had some of their own time in the Ducks zone but to me it seemed that the Ducks enjoyed a lot more.

Worst – Ricky not feeling it

The decision to put Kase on the Getzlaf line seemed like a good idea to start but as play went on it either seemed like he was outplaying Rakell or that Ricky was just flat out lost playing next to him. He was the worst forward at CF% Rel with -6.20 and was a -18.33 SF% for 2nd worst on the team. Something that needs to change before the next game is putting Kase back with Henrique and Ritchie, and Perry back with Getzlaf and Rakell.

Best – Gibby leveled up after the midway point

Although he could not be too badly faulted for the first two goals, he (and his team-mates on the ice at the same for the play) was a massive let down on that Hertl goal. But since that tally, he stepped up and stopped several Sharks chances that his more average peers would not be judged badly on letting in. In short – Gibby is definitely back; I just hope he is back permanently.

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