Mon, Feb 15, 2021
By JOSH DUBOW (AP Sports Writer)
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - John Leonard scored his first career goal and the San Jose Sharks earned just their second regulation win of the season with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
San Jose captain Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc added goals in a rare productive second period for the Sharks to help coach Bob Boughner earn his 100th NHL win. Martin Jones made 26 saves.
Sam Steel scored in the opening minute for the Ducks, and Max Comtois had a goal in the third as Anaheim lost for the second time in three meetings with San Jose this season. John Gibson stopped 26 shots.
The Sharks have had a rough start to the season, entering the game tied for last in the West Division. Their only previous regulation win came Jan. 24 at Minnesota as they opened the season on a 12-game road trip before losing their home opener Saturday against Vegas.
San Jose had been outscored 21-7 in the second period this season, a major factor in the struggles. But the Sharks reversed that against the Ducks.
Labanc ended a 10-game stretch without a goal when he banked a rebound from behind the goal line off Gibson and into the net to give San Jose a 2-1 lead.
Couture added his goal after a bad turnover by Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead.
The Ducks got a fortunate bounce to score in the opening minute. Steel skated in on a rush for Anaheim and tried to pass back to a teammate but the puck bounced off defenseman Mario Ferraro's skate and trickled between Jones' pads 50 seconds into the game.
The Ducks got another goal off Ferraro's stick in the third when Comtois' centering pass deflected in to make it 3-2.
Leonard tied the game in the first period with a power-play goal. The primary assist went to Ferraro, who was teammates with Leonard in college at UMass. The goal was just the third on the power play for the Sharks in their past 11 games.
The Sharks were down two defensemen with Radim Simek going on injured reserve after getting hurt Saturday on two hard checks by Vegas' Jonathan Marchessault.
Erik Karlsson tweaked a lower-body injury late in that game and also was sidelined.
Fredrik Claesson and Nicolas Meloche played in their place.
Golden Knights: Host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
Sharks: Visit the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
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