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Sharks hang on for Game 2 victory against Ducks

Couture has goal, assist to help San Jose win second straight in Anaheim

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Logan Couture had a goal and an assist for the San Jose Sharks in a 3-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at Honda Center on Saturday.

 

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The Sharks lead the best-of-7 series 2-0. Game 3 is at San Jose on Monday.

"The goal was to win the first one and not be satisfied with a split," Couture said. "We've all been around this league a long time and know that team over there has been in this position before, and they have been able to claw their way back into a series."

Marcus Sorensen and Tomas Hertl scored, and Martin Jones made 28 saves for the Sharks.

Hampus Lindholm had a goal and an assist, Jakob Silfverberg scored, and John Gibson made 32 saves for the Ducks.

"At the end of the day, home or away, it's about what we do on the ice," Lindholm said. "We need to come into their building and keep doing the good things we've been doing and try to clean up the stuff we haven't been doing so good."

The Sharks scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead at 1:11 of the second period.

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm2: Sorensen buries one from the side

Hertl entered the Anaheim zone with speed and with Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour between him and the net, but he was able to beat Gibson with a backhand from the right hash marks to make it 3-1.

Lindholm scored a power-play goal at 7:51 of the second to make it 3-2. Ryan Kesler won a battle for the puck behind the net, and Ryan Getzlaf passed to Lindholm, who scored with a one-timer from the inside edge of the left circle.

Ducks forward Corey Perry hit the right post with a shot from in close at 9:14 of the second.

"If you look at the game, it was a much more evenly played game than [Game 1]," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said of the 3-0 loss Thursday. "We still could be a lot cleaner in the neutral ice. … Right now, it seems like it takes us more tries to get through the neutral ice than is necessary."

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead 40 seconds into the game when Silfverberg scored with a wrist shot from above the right circle.

Silfverberg brought the puck into the San Jose zone, and his shot between Sharks defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun sailed just past Jones' right pad.

"He couldn't do anything on that shot," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. "It hit a stick and dipped."

Sorensen tied it 1-1 at 9:41 of the first period with his second Stanley Cup Playoff goal.

Anaheim defenseman Kevin Bieksa, playing his first game since March 12 after having surgery on his left hand, turned over the puck in the Ducks zone. Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon then shot wide, but the puck caromed off the end boards to the right of the net, where Sorensen tapped it into an open net.

San Jose went on its first power play at 13:37 of the first period after Montour was called for hooking Melker Karlsson along the boards, and Couture scored at 14:41 for a 2-1 lead.

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns knocked down a clearing pass with his glove at center ice, and Joe Pavelski made a long pass to linemate Kevin Labanc on the opposite side of the Anaheim zone. Labanc passed to Couture cutting through the left circle. Gibson slid to his right, but Couture pulled the puck to his backhand and scored into the open side of the net.

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm2: Silfverberg fires long shot past Jones

 

Goal of the game

Couture's goal at 14:41 of the first period.

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm2: Couture tucks home backhander for PPG

 

Save of the game

Jones stopping Corey Perry with 45 seconds left in the third period.

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm2: Jones denies Perry late in 3rd

 

Highlight of the game

Hertl's goal at 1:11 of the second period.

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm2: Hertl dangles, pots backhander

 

They said it

"They came out desperate. It's probably how they're going to come out next game as well." -- Sharks captain Joe Pavelski

 

"We can't let them score three goals on us. We're not going to win like that. We did some good things, but we need to clean up the defensive zone." -- Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm

 

Video: SJS@ANA, Gm2: Lindholm goes top shelf for PPG

 

"I know the resolve in our room. I guarantee you we're not going to lay down." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

Need to know

NHL teams that have taken a 2-0 lead on the road in a best-of-7 series have advanced 78.7 percent of the time (70-19). ... The Sharks advanced the three previous times they took a 2-0 lead on the road in a best-of-7 series (against the Calgary Flames in the 1995 Western Conference Quarterfinals, the Vancouver Canucks in the 2013 quarterfinals and the Los Angeles Kings in 2016 first round). ... Hertl has won 26 of 41 face-offs in the series (63.4 percent). ... San Jose forward Evander Kane had a game-high seven shots on goal after scoring twice in Game 1.

 

What's next

Game 3 of Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN1, TVAS2, NBCSCA, PRIME)

 

Video: Couture, Jones lead Sharks past Ducks in Game 2

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