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Ducks capture Pacific Division title

Apr 10, 2014, 1:31 AM EDT

The Anaheim Ducks are back in the top spot of the Western Conference standings. They’re also Pacific Division champions.

The Ducks, thanks to three unanswered goals, clinched the division with a 5-2 win over the visiting San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. The Ducks are also now one point up on the St. Louis Blues for the lead in the West, and two points back of the idle Boston Bruins for the Presidents’ Trophy.

This one was close throughout the first half of the game, with the Sharks evening the score at two goals apiece on a beauty from Logan Couture (click here to see the video), but the Ducks pulled ahead in the second period.

Patrick Maroon scored his second of the evening for the Ducks, giving them a 3-2 lead and chasing Antti Niemi from the game. But Matt Beleskey essentially put this one away with just over three minutes remaining in the second period, thanks to a sweet little toe drag around Sharks’ defender Brent Burns.

While the Sharks will still compete in the playoffs, Wednesday’s loss came with further bad news.

As per David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News, Sharks’ veteran center Joe Thornton left the game in pain in the third period.

  1. sjtorpitt - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    GG ducks.

  2. canucks30 - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    It amazes me how Ducks assistant GM, David McNab, does not receive more attention as a prominent GM candidate.

    He’s contributed as much to the Ducks success as anybody the last decade.

    I think he’d be a perfect fit in Vancouver.

    • hubertigerleatheryobject - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      ha! That whole program is a disaster right now and a clean sweep of all management positions would be good for the team and hockey in general.

    • flash8910 - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      This is not the first time this subject has arise. I don’t know, but it always seems like he likes the role that he has. It doesn’t seem like he wants to be the guy doing press conferences or talking to owners about the direction of the team. He seems to be a guy who enjoys being on the road, scouting young players. I remember reading articles about him. He loved talking about long road trips to the middle of nowhere to watch some young kid play. He seems to love what he does, and why add pressure to your life if you don’t need to.

      • flash8910 - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        Great read about McNab.

  3. sharksfan754 - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    Sharks are going to be taking one of the harder roads to the cup should they get there now

  4. patthehockeyfan - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Good for Gibson! Facing 38 SOG, he was a bit busier than he was when he faced the Canucks (18 SOG). Two wins for this 20-year-old rookie!

    Looking forward to the playoffs!!

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Niemi better get it together for the playoffs. No offense ducks fans but those first 2 goals were really soft. Part of me hopes they make him backup in the playoffs. Seems like the team plays a little bit harder then.

    Lack luster performance by the Sharks last. night. The Ducks knew it and capitalized on it. See you next week LA.

  6. sjsharks86 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    All 3 goals were soft, but Beleskey’s goal on Al was sick, he beat Burnzie Jumbo & Pavs before putting it past Stalock.I thought the Sharks top 6 played great, but the bottom 6 were terrible. Pavs needs to go back to 3C, and Shep back to 4th line wing, gotta distribute the depth instead of loading up the top lines. If we do that and get Torres back for Round 1 I think the Sharks can take LA. Either way SJ vs LA is gonna be one helluva series, whichever team makes it out has a serious shot at taking the cup

  7. pirovash88 - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    See you in L.A. guppies.

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