Ducks can’t answer for Brent Burns, Evander Kane in loss to Sharks
Brent Burns scored on the power play and Evander Kane had a short-handed goal in the third period, helping the San Jose Sharks beat the Ducks 5-3 on Thursday night for their fifth straight win.
Tomas Hertl scored twice for the Sharks, who added a road victory to four previous home wins. The run of success has come immediately after a five-game losing streak.
Logan Couture finished off the victory with a goal in the final minute, his third of the season.
Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg and Max Jones scored goals for the Ducks, who stumbled to a 2-3-2 record on a season-long seven game homestand. The Ducks opened the season 6-1-0 at home.
Burns’ go-ahead goal came on a rush at 8:05 of the third as he took the puck up the middle and fired a shot from the slot past John Gibson for his fifth of the season.
Kings coach Todd McLellan isn’t saying much when it comes to Ilya Kovalchuk’s status with the team and whether he will play against the Detroit Red Wings.
Kane delivered his 12th of the season just over two minutes later for a 4-2 lead. He broke free with Couture on a 2-on-1, getting just enough on a deflection to slide the puck past Gibson. Kane added an assist on Burns’ goal, the 200th assist of his career.
Jones scored for the Ducks with just over four minutes remaining, his second of the season.
The teams traded goals in each of the first two periods.
The Ducks took a 1-0 lead 1:09 into the game when Rakell picked up a loose puck after Silfverberg forced a turnover and scored to the top left of the goal past goalie Martin Jones. It was Rakell’s sixth goal of the season.
The Sharks evened the score at 6:44 of the opening period on a goal that had to be confirmed by replay. Hertl pounded on a rebound after a Barclay Goodrow shot and jammed the puck past Gibson’s pad. The Ducks did not challenge that Hertl interfered with Gibson.
The Ducks took the lead again at 13:00 of the second period when Silfverberg cleaned up a loose puck in front of the goal and pushed it through the legs Jones for his ninth of the season. Rakell took a shot from the right point with both Silfverberg and Adam Henrique pouncing on the rebound.
Kings coach Todd McLellan and Ducks coach Dallas Eakins have cut back on morning skates, as athletes are better conditioned and more cautiously cared for.
The Sharks made it 2-2 at 18:28 of the second period when Hertl took a pass from Timo Meier fired a quick shot to the upper left of the goal past Gibson. It was Hertl’s 10th goal of the season.
NOTES: There was a moment of silence before the game for the victims of the school shooting earlier Thursday at Saugus High School in neighboring Los Angeles County. … The Ducks hosted the 1,000th home game in franchise history. They are 537-330-133 all-time at home. … The Sharks’ game at Anaheim was their first of four one-game trips in a span of 17 days with away-and-back visits to Vegas (Nov. 21), Los Angeles (Nov 25) and Arizona (Nov. 30) to come. … San Jose D Erik Karlsson played in his 699th career game.
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