Instant Replay: Sharks' three-game streak snapped by Ducks


Instant Replay: Sharks' three-game streak snapped by Ducks


SAN JOSE – Ryan Getzlaf scored a second period power play goal to give Anaheim the lead, and the Sharks were never able to respond in a 3-2 Ducks win at SAP Center on Saturday night.

The Ducks led 2-1 after the first, but after long shift the Sharks fourth line featuring call-up Ryan Carpenter at center, Dylan DeMelo beat Jonathan Bernier through a screen at 9:43 of the middle frame.

Anaheim regained the lead for good a little more than three minutes later, though, with Getzlaf’s first goal in 16 games. The Ducks captain got open in the slot on a power play, and had all kinds of time to pick his spot and power home a wrist shot at 12:59, from Ryan Kesler.

The Sharks’ three-game winning streak was snapped, while Anaheim won for the first time in four games (1-2-1). San Jose is 3-1 on its five-game homestand.

The Sharks lost defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic after the second period. He was being evaluated for an unspecified injury, according to the club.

San Jose squandered a chance to move into first place in the Pacific Division, ahead of idle Edmonton.

Logan Couture’s seventh goal, five of which have come on the power play, opened the scoring. He buzzed in a wrist shot from the top of the circle with Hampus Lindholm off on a delay of game minor.

Anaheim managed to tie it at 1-1 on a controversial goal at 9:44, when Ryan Garbutt plowed into Martin Jones while managing to take the puck with him over the line. The official ruling was that the puck crossed just before the net came off its moorings, and after a coach’s challenge, it was determined that Brent Burns pushed Garbutt into the Sharks goalie.

Rickard Rakell put the Ducks ahead for the first time at 13:21, batting a loose puck through Jones after Getzlaf flung it towards the net from the point and it bounced around in the slot.

The Sharks won the only other game of the season series, 2-1 in overtime at home on Oct. 25. They visit Honda Center twice next month on Dec. 9 and Dec. 27.

Special teams

The Sharks were 1-for-3 on the power play, getting one goal for the third time in four games.

Anaheim was 1-for-1. The Sharks are just 11-for-15 on the PK in their last six games, after going 25-for-25 in the previous 11 before that.

Getzlaf’s goal ended Anaheim’s 0-for-27 power play drought against the Sharks, dating back to Nov. 29, 2014.

In goal

Jones, who had Friday’s game off, took the loss with three goals allowed on 26 shots.

Bernier, who has significantly outperformed John Gibson to this point, made 21 saves.


Coach Pete DeBoer shortened his bench in the third period, as Carpenter, Micheal Haley and Mikkel Boedker all stayed on the bench.

Carpenter was replacing Tommy Wingels, who suffered a lower body injury on Friday against the Islanders and is day-to-day. It was just his second career NHL game.

DeMelo was inserted for Brenden Dillon, who was scratched for the first time for reasons that weren’t immediately clear. Barclay Goodrow, recalled on Saturday morning, did not play.

Up next

The Sharks conclude their homestand on Tuesday with Arizona, and visit Los Angeles for the first time on Wednesday.

The anatomy of Jannik Hansen's recently-broken scoring drought after nearly one year


The anatomy of Jannik Hansen's recently-broken scoring drought after nearly one year

Jannik Hansen's game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday marked the first time he scored in 355 days. 

Hansen last scored on Mar. 30, 2017 against the Edmonton Oilers, his second goal with the Sharks following an in-season trade. His scoring drought, in all, lasted 44 regular season games, 50 if you include the postseason. 

How exactly does a goal-scoring drought last nearly a year? The right (wrong?) circumstances all need to come together, and that was certainly the case for Hansen for much of the last year.

For one, the Danish forward was in and out of the lineup. San Jose played 83 regular season and postseason games between Hansen's second and third goals, and he did not play in 33 of those games. Plenty of players have had rough 50-game stretches, and that's often without not playing for weeks at a time, as Hansen has done a couple of times this season. 

When Hansen did draw into the lineup this year, however, he wasn't generating offense at the same rate he had in the past. This season, Hansen's five-on-five shot rate (6.19 shots per 60 minutes), shot attempt rate (10.53 individual corsi per 60), and unblocked shot attempt rate (8.95 individual fenwick per 60) were all down from his career averages, according to Corsica Hockey. 

That decline is natural, considering Hansen turned 32 just six days ago. Those rates were not down enough, however, to expect him to fail to score in his first 39 appearances this season. Naturally, a long run of bad luck played a big role in Hansen's dry spell.

Hansen went 0-for-66 in shots over the 50 consecutive regular season and playoff games in which he did not score. He's a career 11-percent shooter, and had he shot at his career average, he would have scored seven goals during that time. That feels about right for a bottom-six forward. 

In many ways, all of these factors fed into one another. Hansen wasn't generating shots or scoring, then was scratched, then couldn't find the back of the net when he returned and was scratched again. All the while, fellow fourth-liners Marcus Sorensen (26.7 percent shooting percentage this season), Joel Ward (14.3 percent) and Barclay Goodrow (13.2 percent) were converting on their chances, forcing Peter DeBoer's hand. 

His possession play has been solid all season (50.74 percent corsi-for, per Natural Stat Trick), but the offense hasn't followed. When it does, as was the case Tuesday night, he can be an effective fourth-line forward, and the goal on Tuesday bought him more time to prove it. 

Sharks blow out Devils for season-high fifth straight win

Sharks blow out Devils for season-high fifth straight win


SAN JOSE -- Jannik Hansen scored his first goal of the season and fellow fourth-liners Eric Fehr and Barclay Goodrow also scored to help the San Jose Sharks win their season-high fifth straight game, 6-2 over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Logan Couture added his 30th goal of the season, and Joe Pavelski and Mikkel Boedker also scored to give the Sharks a four-point lead over third-place Los Angeles in the Pacific Division with one game in hand.

Brent Burns added three assists and Martin Jones made 26 saves.

The scoring barrage by San Jose spoiled Cory Schneider's return to net for the Devils. Schneider allowed four goals on 14 shots before getting pulled midway through the second period of his first start since March 8. Schneider has lost 11 starts in a row since his last win for the Devils on Dec. 27.

Taylor Hall scored his 32nd goal of the season and Blake Coleman also scored for the Devils, who lead Florida by just one point in the race for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers have two games in hand.

After Hansen and Fehr scored in the first period, Goodrow chipped one in midway through the second period on a surprising night of scoring from the fourth line when he beat Schneider on a 2-on-1.

Couture then scored 40 seconds later on San Jose's first shot against Keith Kinkaid for his third career 30-goal season. Boedker added San Jose's second power-play goal of the night late in the second and the rout was on.

The Sharks got off to a fast start in their first game back from a 3-0 Canadian road trip, scoring three goals in the first period and killing 1:20 of a two-man advantage for New Jersey.

The teams traded goals to start with Fehr beating Schneider over the shoulder from a bad angle and Hall answering when he stole a bouncing puck from Justin Braunand beat Jones with a quick shot.

San Jose then scored twice in a span of less than three minutes to take the lead. Pavelski tipped in a shot from Kevin Labanc on the power play to give the Sharks the lead.

Then after Jones denied Damon Severson from in close at one end, Dylan DeMelo sent a long pass that Hansen chased down and then beat Schneider on a breakaway for his first goal since March 30, 2017.

NOTES: DeMelo has 10 assists this month. ... San Jose D Brenden Dillon has a five-game point streak. ... Devils F Miles Wood (upper body) was scratched and Jesper Bratt played in his place.


Devils: Visit Pittsburgh on Friday.

Sharks: Host Vegas on Thursday.