The San Jose Sharks beat Pacific Division rivals, the Anaheim Ducks, Sunday night on home ice. The Sharks were in command of the puck for the first two periods, giving them the 3-1 win and robbing the Ducks of the opportunity to extend their winning streak to 11 games.
Ever since Joe Pavelski was moved onto the first line, along side Captain Joe Thornton and Brent Burns, the three have been unstoppable. Pavelski was moved onto the line to fill the void left by Tomas Hertl, who is still out with an injury.
The dynamic trio were able to get on the board early in the game. Burns got the goal 1:17 into the first, with assists from Thornton and Pavelski. It was Burns 12th goal of the season, his best scoring record since coming to play for the Sharks. In the last three games, this line has gotten goals in the net.
Logan Couture got on the board halfway through the period with his 11th goal of the season. Couture ended his 11 goal no-goal-streak with his 100th NHL career goal. Fans immediately took to twitter, tweeting pictures of his celebration. The goal was sensational, and will be all over highlight reels.
Bracken Kearns extended the Sharks lead with his first career NHL goal, at 9:16 in the second period. Kearns was called up from Worcester in the American Hockey League on Saturday. He is now the oldest player in Shark’s franchise history to score his first goal, at 32 years and 231 days.
About five minutes into the third period, Dallas thought that they got onto the scoreboard, but the officials ruled no goal on the play.
Antti Niemi came eight minutes and 28 seconds short of a shutout. While Niemi saved 30 goals against Anaheim, Patrick Maroon was able to get a goal passed the Sharks goaltender. It was Maroon’s third goal of the season, his highest record with the Ducks.
Tommy Wingles, Sharks’ forward, went to the locker room after being injured from going into the boards under two minutes in the first period. The his came from Anaheim’s defenseman, Mark Fistric. Wingles returned, only to leave again. After playing less than a minute over two shifts, Wingles left the ice and did not return for the remainder of the game.
The Sharks increased their winning streak to four games, and have won the last four games against Anaheim. While Anaheim leads the Pacific Division, San Jose helped to close the gap to five points with tonight’s game.
The Pacific Division battle will continue as second-place Sharks look to close the point gap again on New Years Eve. Sharks will travel to Anaheim for their last game of 2013, and Anaheim will be seeking redemption.