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Sharks stifle Ducks in regulation, take Pacific lead

Mar 21, 2014, 1:23 AM EDT

Martin Havlat, Brent Burns AP

The San Jose Sharks have been trending upward while the Anaheim Ducks are going in the wrong direction in the Pacific Division title race, and that continued on Thursday.

The Sharks outplayed the Ducks in the third period tonight to squeeze out a 3-2 win in regulation, taking the division lead for at least one night. San Jose has two more standings point but Anaheim holds a game in hand and tiebreaker advantages.

If you weigh the box scores heavily, it seems like the right team won. San Jose generated a 28-18 shot disparity, holding the Ducks to four shots in the opening period and five in the closing frame.

The bigger trends tend to lean the Sharks’ way, too, as they’ve gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 games while Anaheim is slipping in a similar set (4-4-2).

Does that mean the Sharks will take the division crown? Not necessarily; if the two teams’ paths show anything – let alone the NHL playoff races overall – it’s that momentum can shift swiftly. Right now things are clearly going San Jose’s way, though.

  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    What a game! Iffy calls for the Ducks and Sharks. Other than that it was just a hard, grinding game. Love how the Sharks did not give up once the Ducks took the lead.

  2. blomfeld - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    “Does that mean the Sharks will take the division crown? … Not necessarily” …

    AND JUST WHY MIGHT THAT BE ?

    Well, cause there’s this li’l old team called the ‘Kings’ chasing down these mo effers !

    ________________________________________________________________

    TOO SEXY FOR WASHINGTON ?

    Hell ya ! … and we’re ‘too’ sexy for the Pacific Division as well ! You fools just watch what happens now over the course of the next two weeks ! We Kings are going to lay waste to ‘positively’ everything that stands before us including you Quacks and Goldfish ! Yes sir ! And then when we’re done with you people, we’re going to make Toews and crew wish they’d taken up Snakes & Ladders instead of ice hockey !!!

    GO KINGS GO !!! … SEXIEST TEAM IN THE BUSINESS TODAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • sjawesome - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      I’m pretty sure the kings are out of it bud

      • btlpper68 - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:16 AM

        I didn’t realize the main goal is the div champ.. Be nice but bigger things than a div champ

      • Professor Fate - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        I agree about there being bigger things than a division title. The Kings won last night in a shootout, but you won’t see anything about it on here.

    • hookersdontsnuggle - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:34 AM

      You have a permanent seat on the short bus if you think the Kings still have a shot at the division.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        a short bus joke. immature AND lacking class… yet, there’s grown men out there thumbs upping this like they’re still in high school. or are you?

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Just like you rarely hear about games in California. The only reason this got an article is because it was a big game.

  4. stuuuu86 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Ducks win vs. Florida at home this Sunday and they are right back in the Pacific Division lead, no panic. Great game last night, could have gone either way.

  5. sjsharks66 - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    IF the Sharks don’t beat the caps on Saturday. ;)

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