SAN JOSE – Here’s what you need to know about the Ducks’ 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night:
THE GAME IN 140 OR LESS
- An opportunistic goal in the first minute got the Ducks off to a great start. Another one would make the difference for a team that battled for its win.
- “It’s huge. Obviously playing a back-to-back, we really showed tonight that our compete level was really high. We wanted it more than them and really showed it tonight.” – Ducks goalie Jonathan Bernier
- Jonathan Bernier. A night after losing a tough 10-round shootout, Bernier delivered a big, 33-save effort to capture his third win against San Jose this season.
- Jakob Silfverberg blocked Paul Martin’s shot and took off with the puck on a breakaway in the second period. The winger would beat San Jose goalie Martin Jones with a quick wrist shot for what would be the game-winning goal. It gave him 20 goals for the second straight season.
- Is a goaltending controversy brewing in Anaheim? We’re not ready to go there yet but the Ducks needed Bernier to grab the net out of necessary and the 28-year-old is giving the appearance that he doesn’t want to let it go anything soon. He won’t as long as John Gibson continues to stay off the ice due to injury but who knows what may occur when Gibson is ready to come back. Until Gibson is able to show that he can handle the workload without getting hurt, there will be a lingering question about his durability as the Ducks head toward the playoffs barring some unlikely collapse. Bernier has been tremendous as he is restoring his value as a highly capable netminder across the league. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle notes that his mantra of a 1A and 1B in their crease is widely mocked but there may be some credence to that. His belief is this – teams must rely on two goaltenders in the grinding NHL season. Particularly this one that is further condensed because of the World Cup of Hockey before the season and the league-mandated five-day bye weeks for …
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