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National Hockey League
Preview
Anaheim at San Jose
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California

The San Jose Sharks are one of only four teams in NHL history to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games but, barring a stunning repeat of four years ago, they are heading to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. San Jose can complete a four-game sweep and close out the series on home ice when it hosts the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

The Sharks have shown no residual effects from the late wobble down the stretch that enabled the Ducks to snag the No. 2 seed and home ice in the series, winning twice in Anaheim before returning home to destroy their Pacific Division rivals in an 8-1 drubbing Monday to set up an elimination game. "It's a different team in here, different makeup," San Jose forward Logan Couture said in dismissing comparisons to the 2014 squad. "Our goal right now is to try to win one at home, win the fourth game, which is a tough one." Although the Ducks had their streak of five consecutive division titles snapped, they finished the season on a 10-1-1 run and appeared poised to make a deep playoff run but now are just trying to get the series back to Anaheim. “One win,” said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who embodied the team meltdown when he received a game misconduct Monday. “We got to win a game now. Our focus got to be to win that Game 4 and that’s all we can do.”

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, GOLF, Sportsnet1, TVAS2, Prime Ticket (Anaheim), NBCS California (San Jose)

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Rickard Rakell, who paced Anaheim in goals (34) and points (69), finally got on the scoreboard with a first-period tally but the Ducks were shut down the rest of the way and have managed only three goals in the series while piling up penalty minutes at an alarming rate. “You’re not going to give yourself any kind of an opportunity when you take the number of penalties we took," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "And I call them selfish penalties.” Getzlaf has been limited to two assists while Ondrej Kase, Adam Henrique, Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry have one goal and one point between them after combining for 74 goals during the season.

ABOUT THE SHARKS: Couture and Joonas Donskoi each had a goal and two assists and trade-deadline acquisition Evander Kane added one of each, but coach Peter DeBoer was thrilled with the performance of fourth-line members Eric Fehr, Melker Karlsson and Marcus Sorensen. "I thought particularly Fehr, Sorensen and Karlsson were outstanding tonight," DeBoer said. "You come into these games, and when you go on any kind of playoff runs you have to win all kinds of different ways. Different guys have to step up at different moments." Almost loss in the offensive showcase was the play of goaltender Martin Jones, who registered a playoff career-high 45 saves.

OVERTIME

1. San Jose is 6-for-17 on the power play in the series after converting on half its eight chances in Game 3.

2. The Ducks called up G Reto Berra from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

3. Sharks D Brent Burns sat out the final 10 minutes of Game 3 but is good to go for Wednesday.

PREDICTION: Sharks 3, Ducks 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Anaheim 44-28-6-7 L3 26-12-3-2 18-16-3-5 5-4-0-2 39-24-6-5 15-10-1-6
San Jose 48-27-7-3 W3 26-13-2-1 22-14-5-2 7-2-1-0 41-25-6-3 24-5-2-1
Last Meeting
Anaheim San Jose
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/16/18 ANA 1 SJ 8 46 28 1-3 36 45 4-8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 1
San Jose L. Couture 3
Goals Player  
Anaheim R. Rakell 1
San Jose L. Couture 1
Assists Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 1
San Jose L. Couture 2
Saves Player  
Anaheim J. Gibson 19
San Jose M. Jones 45
Season
Total Points Player  
Anaheim R. Rakell 71
San Jose J. Pavelski 72
Goals Player  
Anaheim R. Rakell 36
San Jose L. Couture 36
Assists Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 52
San Jose B. Burns 56
Saves Player  
Anaheim J. Gibson 1901
San Jose M. Jones 1707
Quickchart Matchup
Anaheim Off vs  San Jose Def
2.75 GF
2.69 GA
30.3 Shots
30.5 Shots
40 PP
36 PK
San Jose Off vs  Anaheim Def
3.07 GF
2.62 GA
33 Shots
33.2 Shots
59 PP
52 PK