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5 Keys: Ducks at Sharks, Game 4

San Jose goes for sweep; Anaheim must be more disciplined to extend series

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent


10:30 p.m. ET; GOLF, NBCSCA, PRIME, TVAS2, SN1

San Jose leads best-of-7 series 3-0


SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks will try to complete a series sweep when they play the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Wednesday.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round schedule

Penguins, Golden Knights eye history @NHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights are looking to make history in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Penguins are trying to become the first team to win three straight Stanley Cup championships since the New York Islanders from 1980-83, while the Golden Knights are seeking the title in their inaugural season.

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Gameday Blog: Game 4 vs. Anaheim

Your source for news for San Jose Sharks playoff gameday

by Ann Frazier & Casey Krygier /

Welcome to the Gameday Blog, which will be updated throughout the day with news, lineup information, videos, and tweets.

Tonight is Game 4 of Sharks versus the Anaheim Ducks, as the two teams play their second game in the friendly yet loud confines of SAP Center.

The Sharks hold a commanding 3-0 series lead and have the chance to advance to the second round with a win tonight. The series has, up to this point, been as lopsided as it seems; the Sharks are currently tied for the most goals for in the playoffs and the fewest goals against. 

This has been helped by the Sharks Game 3 performance that saw the home team win with a franchise-record eight goals. Eight different players scored, and every single Sharks forward recorded at least one point (oddly enough, Marc-Edouard Vlasic was the only defenseman to earn a point). But that isn't too surprising in this series; the Sharks have had their offensive depth on display for all three games.

One thing that aided the Sharks in Game 3 was their power play, which is now chugging along at 35.3% in the series. The Ducks have taken the most penalties out of any team in the playoffs: 21, with 20 of them being two-minute minors (the other was a misconduct given to Ryan Getzlaf in Game 3). The Ducks will look to try to turn that tendency around in a very important Game 4 tonight. 

Martin Jones has continued to be spectacular in net. He trails only Marc-Andre Fleury in the two major goaltending stats with a .970 SV% and 1.00 GAA. While the Sharks seem to have the offensive part of things covered, they'll still look to Jones to continue to be Jones and shut things down at the other end.

Read the latest on the San Jose Sharks from the Mercury News.

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Round 1

Sharks confident they can complete sweep against Ducks

Learned from failing in same position against Kings in 2014

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks hold a 3-0 series lead on the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round, a familiar position.

The last time the Sharks had a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 2014 against the Los Angeles Kings, when they lost the final four games of the first-round series.

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Inside the Cage: All is Fehr

by Ross McKeon @rossmckeon /

When asked after scoring a late regular-season goal against Detroit - his first as a Shark - Eric Fehr said he couldn't recall his last NHL goal, which came at Montreal in January of last season while a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After scoring a highlight-reel doozy during San Jose's 8-1 rout of Anaheim in Game 3 on Monday, Fehr had better recollection of his previous playoff goal.

"That one I do," Fehr said with a smile. "And I don't talk about it around here."

And for good reason.

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The Buzz

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Golden Knights aim to sweep Kings

Blue Jackets seek first 3-0 series lead; Wild hope to pull even with Jets @NHL

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily look at the 2018 NHL postseason. There were four games on the schedule Monday featuring four teams trying to climb out of 0-2 series holes.

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Sharks fourth line comes through in Game 3 win against Ducks

Fehr, Karlsson, Sorensen help put San Jose on verge of sweep in Western series

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- The first words from San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer after an 8-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Monday were about his fourth line.

That would be veteran Eric Fehr centering Melker Karlsson and Marcus Sorensen.

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