ANAHEIM -– Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf expressed regret at losing his cool in the Sharks’ 3-0 win over his club at Honda Center on Wednesday night.
At the end of the second period, the Anaheim captain threw his stick in disgust when it was ruled that that Sharks would be getting a power play to start the third period, following a scrum that was initiated by Tommy Wingels. A five-on-four advantage became a full two-minute, five-on-three after Getzlaf was handed an unsportsmanlike conduct minor. The Sharks cashed in on Joe Pavelski’s goal, making it 2-0 at the time.
“There are two great hockey teams on the ice, so we shouldn’t be standing here talking about the refs at the end of the game,” Getzlaf said, per the postgame quote sheet. “That’s the frustrating part. I accept full responsibility for my role in that. That was my fault. It won’t happen again.”
The Ducks put the Sharks on the power play for 12 minutes and 33 seconds. San Jose finished 1-for-8.
“When you take nine or 10 penalties, you’re not going to win hockey games,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We’ve got to stay disciplined and focused. … If you get rattled because the calls are going against you, you’re going to be in trouble.”
Although the Sharks were only able to get the one goal with a man advantage, they were more than happy to be on the power play for more than 20 percent of the game. Conversely, the Sharks were shorthanded for just four-and-a-half minutes, and the Ducks finished 0-for-3.
“Discipline, composure, whatever word you want to use. I thought we had a good dose of it when we needed it,” Todd McLellan said. “They put us on the power play for almost 13 minutes, and that certainly worked to our advantage, not only scoring but it took away from their ability to attack and wore them out a little bit that way.”
The Sharks have put forth some of their most passionate efforts this season against the Ducks, improving to 3-0-1 against the NHL leaders in the season series.
What is it about playing these guys that seems to sharpen the Sharks’ focus?
“The easy answer is it’s a big physical team that we always have good games with, but I don’t know what about this team or this series gets us up more than other series,” Wingels said.
“It’s maybe something we have to look at and find what gets us excited here and motivated and bring that every other night, but we like playing the Ducks.”