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Sharks begin second half with 3-2 loss to Ducks

The San Jose Sharks resumed the NHL regular season after the All Star break with 3-2 regulation loss to the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night. It was the Sharks’ (26-19-4) first regulation loss since January 7, and broke a 10-game points streak.

Hampu Linkholm tallied a shorthanded goal at 4:19 of the second to put the Ducks in front for good. Ryan Garbutt then scored the eventual game winner in the third.

Dainius Zubrus and Tommy Wingels scored for the Sharks.

The biggest difference maker in the game was the Ducks’ stout penalty kill, which killed all three Sharks power play opportunities in addition to notching Linkholm’s shorthanded score. The Ducks have the NHL’s top penalty killing unit, and after Tuesday night’s game, have killed 48 of their last 50 times shorthanded.

Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen recorded 30 saves to beat the Sharks for just the second time in ten career decisions. Martin Jones made 22 saves in suffering the loss.

The Sharks continue their four-game road trip with a game Thursday against the St. Louis Blues.

  • The Sharks finished January with an 8-2-2 record, buoyed in large part by the return of center Logan Couture and a newfound resurgence in scoring while playing five-on-five. The Sharks have 30 even strength goals in their last 11 games, averaging an entire goal more per game than over their first 38 games.
  • Heading into Tuesday night’s game, the Sharks had played 48 games and had earned 56 points … the exact same number of points the Sharks had earned last year after 48 games, in a season that eventually saw the club miss the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.
  • Last year, the Sharks were abysmal in February, going 3-8-2 and dropping out of a playoff position and digging a hole they never recovered from. February will be a key to this season too, as the Sharks will play 10 total games on the road, including games against top teams in Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis.
  • So far this year, the road has been good to the Sharks, and they lead the Western Conference with 16 road wins.

Photo Credit:  Debora Robinson/Getty Images

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