NHL: San Jose Sharks Back on Road, Back to Winning Ways

December 23rd, 2009 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks have responded to their five-game losing streak with a three-game winning streak. The key may be in getting away from home.

In San Jose's longest homestand of the season to date, they were 1-1-3. In the three road games since, they are 2-1 after winning on back-to-back nights in Dallas and Chicago.

However, the trend began to turn around at home against the rival Anaheim Ducks. In an almost polar opposite of the Sharks, Anaheim had spent most of the year struggling but had been playing well of late.

Coming off a five-day layoff in which the team finally got to rest and practice, the Sharks were understandably rusty. Through the first 12 minutes, San Jose was outshot five to three and whistled for two penalties to Anaheim's one.

However, in the next eight minutes, the Sharks peppered the goal with 15 shots, held the Ducks to four and drew the only other penalty of the period. They did not score, but carried the momentum into the second period, where the outshot the Ducks 11-6 and outscored them 2-0.

Ryan Getzlaf scored a power play goal just 34 seconds into the third period, and the Sharks faced a gutche ...

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