By Pete Zarustica
In a league where losing in overtime gets you a point in the standings, the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night at Honda Center may not seem to be much of a big deal.
But what’s galling to the Orange County team is that the Ducks are having such little success when games go into extra time. So far this season, Anaheim has posted a 1-6-1 record in games that went past the third period.
“It’s just execution in overtime that’s costing us right now,” Andrew Cogliano said.
The Sharks twice built one-goal leads, only to see the Ducks quickly get the equalizer. Ondrej Kase tied the game at 1-1 for Anaheim at the 8:22 mark of the second period.
After San Jose went ahead 2-1, Jakob Silfverberg knotted it up again at 13:35 of the third. But in overtime, Brent Burns won it at 2:46 with the deciding tally. John Gibson had 22 saves in goal for Anaheim.
The loss dropped the Ducks to 17-12-7, worth 41 points. That places Anaheim in third place in the NHL Pacific Division. Next up for the team is a contest on Thursday in Calgary against the Flames (19-16-1), who are a point behind the Ducks in fourth place in the division.