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Sharks score eight in Game 3, on verge of sweeping Ducks

Pull away with four goals in second period

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Eight San Jose Sharks scored in an 8-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Monday.

The Sharks lead the best-of-7 series 3-0. Game 4 is here Wednesday.

San Jose goaltender Martin Jones made 45 saves, a career high in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Joonas Donskoi and Logan Couture each had a goal and two assists.


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The Sharks, who set their playoff record for goals in a game, took control in the second period when Donskoi, Marcus Sorensen, Eric Fehr and Tomas Hertl scored four straight goals for a 5-1 lead.

San Jose is 4-1 all time in playoff series when it has taken a 3-0 lead, its only loss coming in the 2014 first round against the Los Angeles Kings.

"We understand there's a lot of work to do," Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. "Eliminating teams is always tough. That's kind of where our mindset shifts, I think."

The Ducks are 0-3 in series when they have lost the first three games.

"We know what happened," Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson said. "It's embarrassing. It's not good enough. Now it's do or die, so if you dwell on a game like this, it gets you nowhere."

John Gibson allowed five goals on 24 shots and was replaced for the third period by Ryan Miller, who made nine saves.

Jones made 19 saves in the second period when the Sharks pulled away.

Video: ANA@SJS, Gm3: Jones sets Sharks playoff record

"I thought they definitely were trying to make the point of getting pucks to the net and getting bodies there and just trying to bang away," Jones said of the Ducks. "I don't think the shot totals were really something to concern ourselves with. Quality of scoring chances, we had a lot higher quality chances. We made some great plays on some odd-man rushes, and the power play was very good."

Donskoi gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead at 1:15 of the second on a give-and-go with Evander Kane after a turnover by Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour.

They increased their lead to 3-1 at 3:41 when Sorensen took a pass from Donskoi and beat Gibson with a backhand on a 2-on-1 rush. Fehr made it 4-1 at 13:43 with a wrist shot from close range.

Hertl scored a power-play goal from the slot at 16:49 to make it 5-1.

"A couple 2-on-1s and the game's 3-1," Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin said. "I think we were right in the game there, and then they ended up scoring a fourth one and fifth one. We just couldn't stop the bleeding in the second."

Couture said he expects a much tougher test in Game 4.

"I expect them to throw out everything they have," Couture said. "They're going to be playing for their lives and their season. They're going to come hard. It will be a tough one."

Video: ANA@SJS, Gm3: Hertl nets pretty passing play for PPG

Pavelski scored on the power play for a 6-1 lead at 10:04 of the third period, and Kane scored with the man-advantage at 17:16 to make it 7-1.

Timo Meier scored San Jose's fourth power-play goal of the game with 23 seconds left to make it 8-1.

Couture gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 3:44 of the first period. Anaheim tied it 1-1 at 13:40 on Rickard Rakell's power-play goal.

"From my perspective, it's hard to forget what we just did," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "Very undisciplined, very disappointed in our reaction in the hockey game. Those are the things we have to address. You're not going to get yourself any kind of opportunity to take the number of penalties we took, and I call them selfish penalties."

Video: ANA@SJS, Gm3: Rakell nets one-timer for PPG


Goal of the game

Donskoi's goal at 1:15 of the second period.

Video: ANA@SJS, Gm3: Donskoi nets Kane's feed on give-and-go


Save of the game

Jones stopping Ryan Getzlaf at 7:45 of the second period.

Video: ANA@SJS, Gm3: Jones turns away Getzlaf's snap shot


Highlight of the game

Sorensen's goal at 3:41 of the second period.

Video: ANA@SJS, Gm3: Sorensen slides backhander past Gibson


They said it

"We started making repeated mistakes and it hurt us. We weren't backing each other up properly. We gave up too many odd-man rushes, and they started scoring goals." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf


"They were committing people to their rush, to their offensive game tonight. They got behind and they were committing everybody. The result was when there was a breakdown the other way, we were getting 2-on-1s and breakaways and things like that. We finished them tonight." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer


Need to know

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns did not play the final 10:05 because of an undisclosed injury. … Beauchemin and Ducks center Ryan Kesler each played his 100th NHL playoff game. Beauchemin is the first Anaheim defenseman to do so. ... San Jose center Joe Thornton (knee) skated during warmups. He has not played since Jan. 23.


What's next

Game 4 of Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; GOLF, SN1, TVAS2, NBCSCA, PRIME)


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