On Saturday night, Nov. 7, 2015 the Anaheim Ducks garnered their fourth straight win as they defeated the San Jose Sharks by a score of 1-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 17,562 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. The Ducks got on the scoreboard early, when Corey Perry took a pass from Ryan Getzlaf and scored a breakaway goal at 4:56 of the 1st period.
After taking the early lead, the Anaheim team skated with purpose. Backup goalie Anton Khudobin had an outstanding game as the team made the one-goal lead hold up for the remaining 55:04 of regulation time. Khudobin was starting in place of Frederik Andersen who was given a break after having played the night before.
In the 1st period, both teams finished with 11 shots on goal. In the 2nd and 3rd periods, the shots on goal were tilted heavily in favor of the home team; San Jose outshot the visiting team 20-6 over the final 40 minutes of the game. Predictably, Khudobin was named 1st Star of the game.
What a difference a week makes. Just a short time ago, it seemed like it was just a matter of time before an angry Anaheim mob would grab torches and pitchforks, and come after Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. Now, after four straight wins, all is well.
After a dismal record of 1-7-2 in the first 10 games of the season, the Ducks have now pushed their record to 5-7-2 and sit just two points behind the San Jose Sharks for third place in the Pacific division race; the top three teams will make the playoffs. Still undefeated in this month of November, the Ducks have outscored opponents 12-6 over the past four games.
On Monday, Nov. 9, the Ducks will begin a three-game homestand when they face the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center in Anaheim. They will then entertain the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, and the New York Islanders on Friday, Nov. 13.
Nov. 7, 2015 – Anaheim Ducks vs San Jose Sharks: Final score – DUCKS 1, San Jose 0. Final shots on goal: San Jose 31, DUCKS 17. Power play: DUCKS 0-2, San Jose 0-4. Three Stars of the game: 1) Anton Khudobin – DUCKS, 2) Martin Jones – San Jose, 3) Corey Perry – DUCKS. Goaltenders: DUCKS – Anton Khudobin, San Jose – Martin Jones
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