Martin Jones clutch in late going as Sharks take 2-0 series lead over Ducks

ANAHEIM — The Sharks are coming back home with a commanding lead in their first round playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks.

Marcus Sorensen, Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl all scored and goalie Martin Jones finished with 28 saves — including 11 in a heart-stopping third period — as the Sharks held on for a thrilling 3-2 win over the Ducks in Game 2 at Honda Center to take a two-games-to-none lead in the series between the California rivals.

Games 3 and 4 are back in San Jose at SAP Center on Monday and Wednesday, respectively. The Sharks are 3-0 in their franchise’s playoff history when they’ve won the first two games of a series on the road.

Jones was at his best in the third period, when he, after Evander Kane took a delay of game penalty with 13:48 to go in regulation, made three saves to help kill the penalty and preserve the Sharks’ tenuous one-goal lead.

“That guy seems to not feel any pressure,” Sharks defenseman Justin Braun said Saturday morning. “He goes out there and does his thing. Doesn’t matter if it’s a shutout or he lets five in. He’s the exact same guy. That’s really nice to have back there.”

The Sharks took a 1-0 series lead into Saturday after their 3-0 victory in Game 1 two days prior.

The Sharks and Ducks traded goals in the second period, as San Jose held a 3-2 lead going into the final 20 minutes of regulation time.

Hertl scored his first goal of the series just 1:11 into the second period, finishing off a quick transition strike with a backhand shot that got past Ducks goalie John Gibson for a 3-1 Sharks lead.

Defenseman Paul Martin was whistled for tripping at the 6:30 mark of the second, and the Ducks capitalized. Hampus Lindholm took a pass from Ryan Getzlaf and beat Jones, who seemed to be knocked off balance by the skate of Brenden Dillon.

Jones was making his 32nd straight playoff start for the Sharks. In that time, he’s allowed three or more goals just 10 times.

Jones made 25 saves in Thursday’s Game 1, including 12 in the third period to preserve what was his fifth career playoff shutout. Only 14 of those saves, though, came at even strength. He faced 17 shots at even strength through two periods on Saturday.

The first period was predictably intense, but the Sharks absorbed an early Ducks onslaught.

Jakob Silfverberg scored the Ducks’ first goal of the series 40 seconds into the game, as his wrist shot from inside the blue line got past Jones. With 14:14 left in the first, Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin ran over Kevin Labanc near the boards inside the Sharks’ zone, again sending the sold-out crowd Honda Center into a frenzy.

The Sharks responded at the 9:41 mark of the first, with Marcus Sorensen collecting’s Dillon’s shot that went off the end boards and tucking it across the goal line to tie the game 1-1.

Then with the Sharks on their first power play of the game …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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