In the second of back-to-back games, the Ducks remembered to bring their feistiness with them to San Jose, but forgot just about everything else. As a result, the Sharks easily dominated Anaheim in a 5-2 defeat. By the time the Ducks woke up in the third period, it was too little, too late.
The Sharks came out with a vengeance in the first period and the Ducks did nothing to stop them. Dany Heatley scored just :36 seconds into the game and Logan Couture added a power play goal at 4:45.
Thanks to a continued lack of discipline by the Ducks that kept them in the penalty box for a good part of the game, San Jose extended their lead with another power play goal from Heatley at 2:08 of the second period. Niclas Wallin and Patrick Marleau finished off the Sharks scoring to give their team at 5-0 lead by the end of the second period.
By the end of the second period, the Sharks had also outshot the Ducks 38 – 11. Curtis McElhinney was left high and dry and Jonas Hiller, on the bench after playing the night before, could only sympathize with his fellow goaltender. Antero Nittymaki could have read the newspaper or the long draft of the collective bargaining agreement before having to do any real work.
Seeming to be able to do nothing but fight (six fighting majors on the night), the Ducks finally woke up and started to play in the third period. Did coach Randy Carlyle poke them with a cattle prod? Threaten them with a Halloween bag skate?
Whatever it was, the Ducks at least got on the board and were not completely shut out. But like a golf handicap, they needed help to do so by playing with an extra man. Two power plays (their first opportunities of the game) yielded two power play goals, from Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Even strength? Nothing.
The Ducks more than doubled their shots on goal in the third period, outshooting San Jose 13 – 3. So the final results looked better than the actual game. Which was generally apathetic, undisciplined and ineffective. And were it not for the scoring, a deja vu of game one of the season, not game 12.
Anaheim gets to take a few days off to contemplate how to remove their head from their lower body region and try to get their act together before Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh come to town on Wednesday and Friday. The Ducks do not want to be known as the team everyone else wants to play for an easy two points, but right now, it sure is looking that way.