A month or so back, the Anaheim Ducks were on a crash course for a hard landing. With Friday’s 4-3 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center, the Orange County team can at least claim to be making no worse than a bumpy touchdown.
The overtime was the team’s seventh victory in 11 games, and while it wasn’t enough to pull the Ducks out of seventh place in the NHL Pacific Division, it did demonstrate that a) better days could be coming next year and b) this team never gave up.
The Ducks and Sharks battled closely throughout. Rickard Rakell gave Anaheim it’s first score and lead at 7:58 of the first period. San Jose’s Justin Braun tied it at 2:29 of the second period. Each team scored twice in the third period, with Adam Henrique and Rakell providing the firepower.
Jakob Silverberg got the game-winner at 0:38 of overtime off a pass from Rakell.
“I know they wanted it,” Ducks assistant coach Marty Wilford said. “You could feel it on the bench. There was a lot of emotion. They were engaged in the game. The power play scored a couple big goals. They deserved to win this game.”
The Ducks will aim to continue their closing rush Saturday night at Staples Center taking on the division’s last place team, the Los Angeles Kings, at 7:30 p.m. The Kings are 26-39-8. Their 60 points are second-worst in the league.