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Kane scores twice, Sharks win Game 1 against Ducks

Jones makes 25 saves for shutout, Pavelski has two assists

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Evander Kane scored two goals in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 3-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Honda Center on Thursday.

 

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Martin Jones made 25 saves for his fifth NHL playoff shutout, Joe Pavelski had two assists, and Brent Burns scored for San Jose.

Kane, who has played nine NHL seasons, scored 10 seconds into a 5-on-3 power play to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 7:07 of the second period. After Andrew Cogliano and Ryan Getzlaf were called for slashing 16 seconds apart, Kane received a pass from Pavelski in the slot and scored past goalie John Gibson's glove.

"I thought that first goal was huge," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. "Both teams were feeling each other out and there were a little bit of nerves. Gibson made a couple real good saves at that point, and getting that first goal was critical."

Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is here Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, PRIME, NBCSCA).

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm1: Jones stops 25 in Game 1 shutout

Gibson made 31 saves for Anaheim, which had won seven in a row and was 18-2-2 in its final 22 regular-season home games.

"They played how you're supposed to play in the playoffs," Cogliano said. "They played patient and played the right way. When you get chances, you have to score on them."

Kane made it 2-0 at 13:51. Pavelski skated into the zone on a 2-on-1 off a stretch pass from Brenden Dillon before passing to Kane, who cut across the crease and scored on a backhand.

Kane said he wasn't nervous in his playoff debut.

"I thought I got better as I went along," he said.

Burns gathered a loose puck at the right point and beat Gibson five-hole through a screen to make it 3-0 at 15:15.

"We were OK in the first period," Getzlaf said. "We didn't really come out flat, but we didn't execute with the puck at a high enough level in the first period. In the second period, we were chasing the game a little bit and resulted in us taking too many penalties."

San Jose outshot Anaheim 8-4 in the first period and 17-9 in the second. Burns hit the post from the high slot 4:01 into the game, and the Sharks went on their first power play at 4:57 when rookie defenseman Marcus Pettersson was called for holding Timo Meier, the first of seven minor penalties against the Ducks.

"Way too many penalties," defenseman Francois Beauchemin said. "When we had success down the stretch (of the regular season), we didn't take as many. One or two a game. That's it. It was uncharacteristic for our team."

The Sharks were 1-for-6 on the power play. The Ducks went 0-for-3.

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm1: Burns buries long pinpoint shot

 

Goal of the game

Kane's goal at 7:07 of the first period.

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm1: Kane scores PPG in first playoff game

 

Save of the game

Jones stopping Hampus Lindholm at 7:39 of the first period.

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm1: Jones stops Lindholm's tip-in try

 

Highlight of the game

Kane's goal at 13:51 of the first period.

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm1: Kane backhands the puck by Gibson

 

They said it

"We take a lot of pride in getting the puck in and going to work on the other team. We have four lines that play with that type of identity, and it's a big part of our game. When we're on, it makes us an effective road team." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer

 

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm1: DeBoer discusses Kane's big game

 

"We just have to regroup. It's about the process and getting better every day. We have to understand what we did wrong and build from it now." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf

 

"You can't afford to take seven [minor penalties] and give the opposition an opportunity to practice their power play. It takes any momentum you had building in the game and flips everything in their favor." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm1: Carlyle on Gibson, struggles in Game 1

 

Need to know

The Sharks are 11-10 in Game 1 on the road in their history. … Kane played 574 regular-season NHL games before reaching the playoffs. Only Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes has played more games (579) without reaching the postseason among active NHL players. … Kane is the fourth NHL player in the past 20 years to score multiple goals in his playoff debut (Alexander Radulov, Nashville Predators, 2007; Mike Green, Washington Capitals, 2008; and Gabriel Bourque, Predators, 2012). … The Ducks had gone 49 straight playoff games without being shut out, dating to a 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 21, 2015.

 

What's next

Game 2 of Western Conference First Round at Honda Center on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, PRIME, NBCSCA)

 

Video: Kane scores twice to power Sharks to 3-0 victory

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