Despite losing their starting goaltender after the first period, and being without the services of their captain for the second half of the game, the Ducks earned a hard-fought point in a 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Tuesday night.
Chris Wagner scored the lone goal for Anaheim, which saw its two-game win streak come to an end. Jonathan Bernier stopped 10-of-11 shots in the first period, but didn't return due to an upper-body injury. Coming on in relief, John Gibson stopped 24-of-25 shots from the second period on.
Ryan Getzlaf was limited to 10:05 time-on-ice after he appeared to take a point shot off the forearm in the second period. Getzlaf returned briefly, but didn't come out for the third period.
Joe Pavelski scored his third goal of the season and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored the game-winner in overtime to snap San Jose's two-game skid. Martin Jones turned aside 19-of-20 shots for his third win of the season.
The Sharks struck first on the power play after some nifty puck movement down low. Patrick Marleau and Joonas Donskoi completed a tic-tac-toe passing sequence before the puck caromed to Pavelski, whose initial shot hit the left post. The puck eventually crossed the goal line, but not before the play was reviewed because the net came off its moorings seemingly at the same time. The call on the ice stood, and Pavelski's goal gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at the 7:58 mark of the opening frame.
Minutes later, Clayton Stoner had to answer the bell after delivering a big hit along the near boards on Marleau. Michael Haley immediately challenged Stoner, and the two dropped the gloves for a brief scrap in the neutral zone. Haley, though, was tagged with the extra minor penalty - two minutes for instigating - and an additional 10-minute misconduct.
Bernier made his presence known late in the first period when he made a strong push from right to left to rob Chris Tierney's wrist shot with his glove. Tierney appeared to have a wide open net until Bernier slid across to make the desperation save, keeping the score 1-0.
No more than five minutes into the second period did the injury bug strike again, this time sending Getzlaf to the locker room. The 31-year-old entered the game as the NHL's co-leader in assists (7) and ranked tied for fifth in points (8).
With the ice seemingly tilted in San Jose's favor, the Ducks got the equalizer with under three minutes remaining in the second period when Wagner knocked in Stoner's shot from the left point. Wagner was in the right place at the right time, and managed to sneak behind the Sharks defense to bury a backhander five-hole on Jones. The goal was Wagner's second tally in the past three games. His first goal of the season, which also served as his first as a Duck, came in Anaheim's 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on October 20.
Gibson was tested throughout the final period of play, including the last five minutes when the Ducks were slapped with a bench minor for too many men at 14:55. Gibson's best stop came on Brent Burns' snap shot from the left dot that required the nimble netminder to flash his blocker to send the puck out of harm's way.
Despite hemming the Sharks in the zone for the opening minutes of overtime, a missed shot by Wagner cleared the puck out of the zone, right to a streaking Vlasic, who had a step on Perry before flicking one over Gibson's blocker to seal the victory for San Jose.
The Ducks return to action tomorrow night at Honda Center against the Nashville Predators.
NOTE: With his appearance tonight, Cam Fowler tied Todd Marchant (421) for 10th on the franchise's all-time games played list.