For the second straight night the Ducks rookies fell short of the Sharks, this time 3-1 in Game 2 of the Rookie Games at Anaheim ICE.
Eric Tangradi actually got the Ducks on the board first, on a one-timer 2:44 into the first period, with a nice assist from behind the net by Matt Christie. Tangradi, who hails from Philadelphia, was the Ducks' second pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
But Tangradi's goal was all the Ducks would get, as San Jose came back with two in the first period and another in the second. San Jose's Torrey Mitchell and Like Fritshaw had goals at 8:02 and 9:29 in the second, and Logan Couture (their first-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft) added a power play marker at 4:37 into the second.
San Jose's Tyson Sexsmith earned the win in net, making 30 saves. For the Ducks, J.P. Lavasseur saved 19 of 22 shots.
Heralded prospect Bobby Ryan
didn't score for the Ducks, but played well and even got a little physical with Jonathan Tremblay in the third period. Unlike the night before, Ryan did not drop the gloves, but he did take a roughing penalty.
San Jose won the first game, held Saturday evening at Anaheim ICE.