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Ducks lose two-goal lead in third period, fall to Sharks in shootout

By in Press Enterprise on February 12, 2018

By Eric Stephens

ANAHEIM – There is still plenty of time for the Ducks to overcome all the available points they’ve let fall out of their pockets but Sunday night became another one of those that they’ll rue what they lost if it comes to that.

Another chance to take a step toward inserting themselves into the Western Conference playoff picture frame went haywire. Timo Meier forced overtime with a goal in the final minute of regulation and the San Jose Sharks erased a two-goal deficit to grab a 3-2 shootout victory at Honda Center on Sunday night.

Redemption in the shootout also escaped the Ducks as Adam Henrique was stopped by San Jose goalie Martin Jones and Rickard Rakell hit the post. Joe Pavelski converted the Sharks’ opening attempt past Ducks goalie John Gibson and Logan Couture wrapped up with the win by scoring.

With Jones pulled for an extra attacker, Meier positioned himself in front of the net and executed a perfect redirect play of Couture’s pass with 53.7 seconds left. It was a critical defensive breakdown at an inopportune time for the Ducks (27-19-11), who otherwise played well at key points in their own zone.

“It’s unfortunate we gave up a goal with [53] seconds around there,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “That’s the craw. That’s what sticks with us right now.”

Cam Fowler fell on the sword afterward. Meier was his man and the Ducks’ defenseman lost his attempt to make a challenge on the forward when he momentarily looked elsewhere for another play that didn’t materialize.

“I should have just tried to get under his stick,” Fowler said. “For whatever reason, I took a look and I thought there was somebody coming back door. As soon as I changed my stick over there, that’s when they fired it in. So that was the read […]    

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