Anaheim goal starts with a poor Ferraro/Burns exchange. Ferraro pass was into Burns feet, so Burns just had to rifle it out with Rakell forechecking him, but Ducks swallowed it up along the wall. Another poor exchange on this shift was Balcers to Burns – after heavy pressure from San Jose Sharks’ 3rd line, Balcers’s pass to right point evaded Burns, who was cutting toward middle. This led to Ducks forecheck that resulted in goal. Balcers will learn to not expect San Jose d-men, especially Burns/Karlsson to be stapled to right point.
Tied game, 11 minutes left in 2nd, script is looking similar to yesterday. Great 1st for San Jose Sharks, Ducks surging. But it doesn’t have to be the same, Anaheim taking 3-1 lead like yesterday. A good team will manage the inevitable response from the opposition. So far, so good, that was a solid PK. Now to push back offensively.
Tough period for Balcers. Trying to make play to exit DZ, Henrique creams him. Balcers has to move faster.
That’s classic Hertl, bullying his way to net. Undone by unnecessary Meier OZ penalty. More good signs than bad from Hertl tonight.
Karlsson goes for Simek in the high slot, but you like idea, offensive activity from all d-man.
Another great shift by Hertl, good backcheck, retains possession.
Anaheim answered back, as expected, after strong San Jose Sharks’ opening frame, but Sharks did nice job to manage response. Per Natural Stat Trick, SJS 9-6 Scoring Changes, 3-2 High-Danger at 5-on-5.
Per SPORTLOGiQ: Ryan Donato leads all Sharks with 00:23 OZ Possession Time, all situations. For a small guys, he’s done a nice job winning pucks in corner, protecting puck.
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