Three takeaways from Sharks' 2-1 OT win over Ducks
Sharks victorious in return home
The Sharks began a three-game homestand by beating the Ducks at SAP Center on Tuesday, 2-1, thanks to a Marc-Edouard Vlasic overtime score...
After an ugly 3-0 loss in Detroit on Saturday, the Sharks’ rearranged lines allowed them a much better performance up and down the lineup. Despite just the one goal, San Jose dominated for portions of the game and probably deserved to be ahead after two periods rather than tied at 1-1. Even the fourth line, despite limited ice time, generated some of the team’s best opportunities at even strength. Martin Jones said: “Just look at the [scoring] chances. We controlled a lot of the play.”
Winning at home
The Sharks are surely aware that if they want to win the Pacific Division, they’ll have to be better than their 18-20-3 mark at home last season. They’re off to a good start in that regard with their second straight 2-1 home triumph, building off of the defeat of the Kings in the home opener on Oct. 12.
San Jose also prevailed in its first home game after a multiple-game road trip, something that was a disaster for them last season when they were 1-8-1 in such situations. Pete DeBoer said: “This is always a tough game, and historically we haven't had a lot of success in these games.”
Special teams success
The Sharks power play looked much more Shark-like against the Ducks, generating 12 shots on goal in five opportunities, including a Joe Pavelski score in the first period. “A little bit more urgency,” Pavelski said. “A few more pucks at the net, and recovered a few more. Can always be a little better there, but it gave us a little momentum.”
The penalty kill came up huge, too, killing off an extended Ducks power play in the first period – including a brief two-man advantage – while nursing its 1-0 lead.