A home-and-home set with the San Jose Sharks is about to provide
the toughest test to the Anaheim Ducks’ franchise-record winning
They needed some heroics to keep it going in their last time
The Ducks go for an 11th straight win Sunday night when they try
to snap a three-game losing streak to the surging Sharks.
With 61 points, Anaheim (28-7-5) is tied with Chicago for the
most in the NHL, thanks in large part to reeling off 10 straight
The streak seemed to be in jeopardy Saturday, when the Ducks
squandered a two-goal lead late in the third period before Saku
Koivu scored 51 seconds into overtime of a 3-2 win over
“We try to forget what happened,” said Koivu, who had two goals
and one assist. “We had a 2-0 lead and they got a lucky bounce on
the first goal. It’s one of those things where you try and regroup
as quick as you can. You knew there was a good chance there would
be overtime, so you start, so you start thinking about that.”
Facing the Sharks (24-8-6) twice in a span of three days could
spell the end of Anaheim’s streak.
The Ducks have lost three straight meetings with their Pacific
Division rivals, including a 4-3 shootout lost at San Jose on Nov.
30. They’ve lost three in a row there, two coming via the
Corey Perry had a goal in the most recent meeting with the
Sharks, giving him nine and six assists in over the past 14 games.
The right wing, however, hasn’t scored a goal in four games and was
a minus-2 against Phoenix.
Ryan Getzlaf, who assisted on Perry’s goal versus San Jose, has
nine goals and 12 assists in his last 17 road games but also was a
Like the Ducks, the Sharks are among the best home teams in the
NHL, posting a 13-1-3 record. They haven’t lost in regulation over
the past nine games, going 8-0-1.
San Jose won for just the second time in seven road games
Friday, outlasting the Coyotes 4-3 in a shootout. All of the
Sharks’ last three games have been decided via the tiebreaker.
“It’s been tough for us on the road, so for us to go out and get
the two points was nice,” said left wing Patrick Marleau, who
scored in regulation and in the shootout Friday.
Marleau has five goals and five assists over the past 10 games,
and he’s routinely on the scoresheet at home against the Ducks.
He’s scored 10 goals while setting up nine others in 14
regular-season matchups at SAP Center.
Joe Pavelski is also entering this matchup on a hot streak,
scoring goals in his last three games and has seven in his last
eight. The center has six goals in the last 10 meetings with the
Ducks, including four in five at home.
Pavelski didn’t get a point in last month’s matchup, but beat
Jonas Hiller for the only goal in the shootout.
Hiller will likely be back in net, and he’s made eight starts
during the Ducks’ winning streak, posting a 1.84 goals-against
average. However, he’s also had a 2.84 GAA in the three most recent
losses at San Jose.