Devan Dubnyk gave the San Jose Sharks every chance to get two points from regular time and overtime on Saturday night.
But Dubnyk didn’t get much offensive support and couldn’t hold him in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks scored twice in the skill competition to score a 2-1 win and share the two-game series with the Sharks at the Honda Center .
Dubnyk had 30 saves in three periods and two more in overtime, but the Sharks couldn’t get more than one goal from Logan Couture in the first period.
The Sharks only had five shots in the net in the third period and none in overtime as they and the Ducks both took three points away from the series. The Sharks defeated the Ducks 5-4 on Friday and scored two hits in the shootout.
Dubnyk saved Max Comtois by just over a minute ahead of extra time and helped the Sharks get to the shooutout, where they stood 3-0 this season.
The Sharks now have two days off before ending this swing in Southern California with games against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday and Thursday.
“It just wasn’t a clean game for both teams,” said Sharks coach Bob Boughner. “We still had the chance to get all four points out of here. We took the positives, took three out of four, took a day off to rest and go to LA
“It wasn’t our best game, but we fought hard against each other.”
Isac Lundestrom scored for the Ducks at 5:42 in the second half when a shot from Hampus Lindholm went off his stick and went past Dubnyk for his first career NHL goal.
The Sharks had a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, thanks in large part to Dubnyk’s game.
Dubnyk, who made his fourth start of the season, had 12 saves in the first period, including seven when the Sharks killed Nikolai Knyzhov with a penalty.
“It would have been nice to get him the two points, but he was excellent tonight,” Boughner said of Dubnyk. “He fought hard, he was desperate in his game, especially in that first power game in the first period.”
Dubnyk’s last start was January 28, when he stopped 35 of 38 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Before Saturday, Dubnyk’s last win was March 8, 2020 when the Minnesota Wild beat the Ducks 5-4 in overtime. It was Dubnyk’s last start for Minnesota, going exclusively with Al Stalock during his play-in-round series with the Vancouver Canucks.
Couture scored 11 seconds in the first half for his third goal in four games.
After the opening game, Evander Kane knocked Ducks defender Jani Hakanpaa’s puck off the stick, carried it behind the Anaheim net, and tried a roundabout attempt on the other side. The puck came out to Mario Ferraro, whose shot in the net created a loose puck in the crease behind Ryan Miller. Couture pounced on it and scored its fifth goal of the season.
The Sharks team record for fastest goal to start a game belongs to Stephane Matteau, who scored eight seconds in the first period against St. Louis on January 11, 2000.
Boughner said Friday that there would be changes to the Sharks’ defensive stance for game two in the series, and he wasn’t kidding.
Boughner moved Marc-Edouard Vlasic to the third defensive pair alongside rookie Nikolai Knyzhov, Radim Simek to Erik Karlsson and Mario Ferraro to Brent Burns.
Boughner was not happy with a couple of games the Haie defense made on Friday, especially in the second period when the Ducks scored three unanswered goals. Vlasic’s ice age was cut to a 17:29 low of the season on Friday after being on the ice for two of the Ducks’ second goals.
Boughner said he spoke to Vlasic on Saturday morning to clarify what he wanted from Sharks’ top defender.
“Instead of letting the piece come to, he has to dictate it more, especially deep down, switch things off and be more aggressive,” said Boughner of Vlasic. “We talked about it this morning and he agrees. I think he has a different level in his game and we have to see that. He’s an important piece of the puzzle. ”
When asked about his game on Friday, Vlasic said: “The second period wasn’t good, the rest was good. But my game has to be good for 60 minutes. ”