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Ducks hand Sharks third straight loss

Getzlaf, Henrique score, Gibson makes 35 saves for Anaheim

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Henrique's filthy backhander

SJS@ANA: Henrique dekes, roofs backhander

Adam Henrique takes the puck to the front of the net, dekes to his backhand and roofs a goal off the post for a 3-1 lead

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ANAHEIM -- The San Jose Sharks lost their third straight game, 3-1 to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Saturday.

It is the first time the Sharks have lost three straight to start the season since 1993-94, when they began 0-8 with one tie.

"We just have to tighten it up right now," Sharks goalie Aaron Dell said. "I think we're a little bit loose and we're giving up too much, and we've only scored one goal a game so far and that's not going to win you a lot of games. It's tough to score goals when you're chasing right away."

 

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Ryan Getzlaf, Adam Henrique and Michael Del Zotto scored, and Ondrej Kase had two assists for Anaheim, which has won its first two home games for the first time since 2016-17. John Gibson made 35 saves.

"I think they've just got so many dangerous players over there, and for us to be able to play with them, to be able to skate with them, certainly gives us some quiet confidence to build off as we head into some hostile buildings," said Dallas Eakins, who became the first Anaheim coach to win his first two games since Guy Charron did it midway through the 2000-01 season.

Video: SJS@ANA: Getzlaf nets goal on partial break

Logan Couture scored, and Dell made 30 saves for San Jose.

Del Zotto scored his first goal with the Ducks to make it 1-0 at 3:38 of the first period. Kase intercepted a pass by Dell from behind his own net and found Del Zotto in the right circle for a shot into an open net.

"It's going to happen once in a while," Dell said. "They want us to play the puck a lot and help the D out, and usually it helps us more than it hurts us. Yeah, he just made a good read on it. It almost got through still, but he managed to stop it and managed to get it out to whoever tapped it in the slot there."

Couture tied it 1-1 at 5:44 of the second period on a shot from the right circle, but Getzlaf scored 67 seconds later to make it 2-1. After catching the Sharks on a line change, Kase slid a pass to Getzlaf, who skated in the zone alone before deking Dell.

Video: SJS@ANA: Couture goes top shelf with snap shot

Henrique extended the lead to 3-1 at 18:48 of the second, taking the puck from Sharks center Tomas Hertl in the neutral zone and skating down the left wing and across the slot before scoring with a backhand.

"That was kind of a play because of the pressure we had," Henrique said. "We were rolling guys over, getting good changes, getting fresh guys out on the ice, and that allowed me to get wide and get in and get a chance. It was kind of a combination of everything we were working on."

Video: SJS@ANA: Gibson stops Thornton, Brodzinski in order

 

They said it

"You've got to work. It's not easy to score goals or win hockey games in the NHL unless you work. You know, every team's talented in this League. Usually the team that works harder win games, and in all three so far, the other team has outworked us." -- Sharks captain Logan Couture

"Our goaltender, [Gibson], he's been incredible here through the first couple of games, and he has been our best penalty killer." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins

 

Need to know

Sharks forward Marcus Sorensen left after crashing into the boards midway through the second period. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer did not have an update on his status after the game. … San Jose went 0-for-4 on the power play and is 0-for-14 through three games. … Ducks center Sam Steel did not play because of a mid-body injury.

 

What's next

Sharks: At the Nashville Predators on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

Ducks: At the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Video: Gibson, Kase lead Ducks to 3-1 win against Sharks

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