Want to hear something weird? The Anaheim Ducks won.
Whats even more odd: they looked good doing it. The Ducks topped the San Jose Sharks tonight 3-2. The Ducks played a full 60 minutes as well as being in control the majority of the game. Definitely not used to that.
Jonas Hiller put up a solid performance tonight, stopping 36/38 shots and coming up big several times to keep the Ducks ahead. The team went 0/3 on the PP, and 3/3 on the PK.
Luca Sbisa started scoring off early, notching his first goal of the season to give the Ducks the lead. Shortly after the goal George Parros and Frazer McLaren drop gloves. Joe Pavelski scored late in the period after receiving a pass from Thornton. The Ducks only won 8/19 faceoffs in the first period. Second Period:
The Ducks again look dominant, controlling the puck early on. Bobby Ryan stole the puck from Joe Thornton to create a breakaway which put the Ducks back in the lead. Just 4 minutes later, Jamie McGinn scored a goal beating Hiller top shelf. The Ducks won 11/15 faceoffs this period.
A huge period for the Ducks, and the didn’t disappoint. The Sharks dominated in shots on goal, but the Ducks continuously put offensive pressure. Matt Beleskey takes a shot that is stopped by Niemi, but Andrew Cogliano is there to shove it in. With 38 seconds left, Corey Perry decides to take a penalty (some MVP huh?).
- Sbisa scored his first goal since Jan. 16 against Edmonton
- The Ducks stopped a 4 game losing streak
- Joe Thornton has 55 points in 54 games against the Ducks
- The Ducks were outshot 38-23
- The Ducks start a 6 game homestand starting on December 29th