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Recap: Sharks at Ducks, Yes We Did! (Beat The Sharks In Regulation)

Man, that Kool-Aid tastes good.

Dude. Sorry about that whole Marleau breakaway thing...
Dude. Sorry about that whole Marleau breakaway thing...

Final Score: Ducks 2, Sharks 1

First Period Recap: Bryan Allen was responsible for the first shot on goal of the evening, but did few positive things after that. Sheldon Souray narrowly missed a scoring opportunity, and Matt Beleskey - who's shown a scrappier side of himself during this brief season - dropped the gloves with Ryane Clowe.

To the surprise of Ducks fans everywhere, Clowe was given a 2 minute instigator penalty in addition to a 5 for fighting/10 minute misconduct combo. Shortly after all of that excitement, the Ducks failed to capitalize on a power play opportunity (what's new?). With about 2 minutes left in the first period, adult entertainment enthusiast Logan Couture scored off a Viktor Fasth rebound.

And in ceremonial fashion, Bryan Allen closed the period with a holding penalty.

Second Period Recap: Ah, the period of missed opportunities.

Not Antti Niemi (aka Thomas Greiss) denied both Emerson Etem and Brad "Starburns" Staubitz early in the period. Andrew Cogliano seemed poised to score on Greiss, but the seemingly surefire goal was prevented at the last minute by Jason Demers. Wow.

Later on in the period, the Ducks killed a huge penalty (the result of a Saku Koivu interference call). Teemu Selanne attempts to score one of his crafty sexy goals around the left post, and Ryan Getzlaf has an opportunity to score a shorthanded goal, but Greiss denies them both.

Bryan Allen gets another penalty.

Third Period Recap: Emerson Etem seemed poised to score his first goal, but never capitalized on any of his chances. Tonight wasn't his night, but his first goal will come sooner rather than later.And tonight, the equalizer came from Saku Koivu, who slipped the puck past an oblivious Greiss. It's followed by a Beauchemin penalty, but we were tied, and I didn't really care!

Fasth made a series of elegant saves, and the Ducks failed to capitalize on more power play opportunities. Sheldon Souray was responsible for a scary giveaway to Marleau, but Fasth said no. It would have been disappointing had Souray not scored moments later. And Emerson Etem played on the top line (and though he wasn't credited with an assist on the Souray goal, he was still all over that). That's cool.


The Good: Emerson Etem! For a player who has had his preparedness questioned on multiple occasions, Etem showed us why he belongs in the NHL tonight. He was taking chances, playing aggressively, and revealed some rather shrewd playmaking abilities tonight.

The Bad: Bryan Allen. He's the new Jason Blake, but on defense!

The Ugly: The top power play unit failed to capitalize on multiple opportunities, and generally looked lethargic. Corey Perry and Getzlaf were largely invisible, which is not what you expect from your two franchise players in a contract year.


Most Valuable Duck:

3rd MVD: Emerson Etem. His work in this game will probably be overlooked (unfortunately), but he deserves all the good stuff that's coming to him.

2nd MVD: Sheldon Souray. He completed the comeback, using his signature shot to score the game-winning goal. Other than Fowler, Souray has been our most consistent defenseman this season. And, he handed the Sharks their first regulation loss this season, which is completely fantastic.

1st MVD: Viktor Fasth. He made a series of monster saves, and bailed his team out in crucial moments (i.e., the Souray giveaway). The best players make the guys around them look better, and that's exactly what Fasth did tonight.

Next Game: @ Colorado, Wednesday, February 6th at 6:30 PT