Tonight, the San Jose Sharks had a 1-0 lead after two periods and goalie Thomas Greiss was looking stellar; however there are three periods in a hockey game, and the Anaheim Ducks woke up in the final frame to win 2-1 and give the Sharks their first regulation loss of the season.
The Sharks’ previous three games were decided by shootouts. They have never been tied at the end of regulation in four consecutive games, so at least some kind of history was on the line, which would have been very interesting. Not to mention, this was an extremely tired San Jose team and even more so due to the shortened season from the lockout.
The tide turned in the third period when Sharks center Tommy Wingels attempted a clearing pass around the boards in his end but didn’t get the puck to defenseman Brad Stuart. It hit a rut at the base of the end boards and caromed straight into the slot, where Saku Koivu backhanded it passed a stunned Greiss. Another stat that didn’t help the Sharks in this game is that they were 0-for-5 on the power play and as anyone knows, you can’t ever kiss gift horse in the mouth, especially in hockey.
As for the Ducks, after the game, they begin their road trip Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche and will get a big boost from knocking off a very good in-state rival with the Sharks.