By Pete Zarustuca
The teams at the top of the NHL Pacific Division are jostling from position like basketball players under the net awaiting a rebound. After beating the Kings 2-1 on Friday, the Anaheim Ducks for out-elbowed on Sunday night by the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center, losing 6-2.
With the defeat, the Ducks fell into fifth place in the division with a 22-17-9 record and 53 points.
But the Sharks (26-14-6, 58 points and second place in the Pacific) owned the third period, outscoring the home team 3-1. The sole Ducks’ goal was by Ryan Getzlaf (his fifth) at 1:47. That narrowed the game to 3-2, but then San Jose reeled off three unanswered goals to win going away.
“We did too much standing around,” Getzlaf said. “The intensity wasn’t there with our legs. I thought in the first period we played okay. Not outstanding, but okay. Down a goal. We got a big goal at the end of the second and the start of the third, and then took a penalty again and weren’t able to kill it. We lost the special teams tonight.”
The Ducks are next in action on Tuesday, hosting the New York Rangers (24-19-5, 53 points) in Anaheim.