Sharks drop seventh-straight 4-3 in shootout to Ducks

The San Jose Sharks took a quick trip down south to face the Anaheim Ducks, looking to snap their current six-game losing streak.

Ryan Dzingel made his Sharks debut Tuesday night in Anaheim, being claimed off waivers just one day prior to entering the Sharks lineup.

The Sharks came out firing, recording nine of the first eleven shots of the game. Despite the hot start, Derek Grant buried his 8th goal of the season, only 3:38 into the game, to give the Ducks an early 1-0 lead.

Not long after Grant broke the ice for the Ducks, Logan Couture netted his 16th goal of the season to tie the game back up. Brent Burns threw a puck towards the net that found Couture in front, who lifted the puck into the net over the left pad of Anthony Stolarz.

With 2:38 left in the opening frame, Brent Burns slapped his 5th goal of the season to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead. Matt Nieto slid a pass up to Burns, who one-timed a rocket from just inside the blue line past Stolarz.

The Sharks ended the first period with a 13-7 advantage in the shot department, playing one of their best periods in the last several games.

7:00 into the second period, Rickard Rakell deposited his 13th goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2, after collecting a big rebound from James Reimer.

With 6:16 left to play in the second period, Logan Couture potted his second goal of the game to give the Sharks the lead back. Brent Burns sent a shot soaring to the net, that Stolarz was unable to collect, instead finding the stick of Couture in front who backhanded the puck to the back of the net.

The back-and-forth game wouldn’t stop, as Rickard Rakell answered Couture’s second goal of the night with a second of his own to tie the game up yet again.

Despite giving up two goals in the middle frame, James Reimer made some phenomenal saves to limit the damage.

The final frame turned physical, with both teams trading big hits and scraps breaking out after every frozen puck. Both teams also had several golden opportunities to take the lead in the third, but Reimer and Stolarz were both spectacular in net, pushing the game to overtime.

Although they weren’t able to score the game-winner, the Sharks heavily dominated overtime, outshooting the Ducks 6-0. San Jose also had an unsuccessful 4-on-3 power play attempt during the extra five minutes.

Trevor Zegras opened the shootout with a successful attempt, finding a way past James Reimer with a quick wrist shot. Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl both had unsuccessful attempts, followed by a successful attempt from the red-hot Rickard Rakell to win the game.

Brent Burns ended the game with a goal and two assists, while Timo Meier also had two assists.

San Jose has now lost a seven-straight games, dropping them to the bottom of the standings with the Seattle Kraken, further pushing them out of the playoff race.

The Sharks will return to San Jose and be back in action Thursday night when they welcome the New York Islanders to SAP Center.

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