Anaheim Ducks Miss Opportunity to Make Statement in Western Conference By Falling to San Jose Sharks

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The Anaheim Ducks entered Tuesday’s game in the perfect position to make a statement about being one of the top teams in the Western Conference with a matchup against the undefeated San Jose Sharks. Everything was going well for the Ducks heading into the third period before they blew a 2-1 lead and eventually went on to lose to the Sharks 3-2 in a shootout.

With the loss–Anaheim missed out on making a statement against one of the league’s top teams.

It may still be early on in the season, but the Ducks were off to an impressive 3-1 start to the season and looked like one of the top teams in the Western Conference. In fact, holding a 2-1 lead in the third period on the road shows they do in fact have what it takes to compete with the best in the Western Conference.

Still, the loss has to hurt considering every game in this shortened season will be important for the Ducks and what better way to make a statement than a win over one of the league’s top teams? There’s still plenty of time left in the regular season for Anaheim and there’s no reason to hit the panic button just yet.

Give it another month or so before deciding whether the Ducks have what it takes to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference. If anything, Tuesday’s game against the Sharks proves they do have what it takes.

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