The San Jose Sharks are still alive in the Western Conference playoff hunt. Just barely, yes, but they’re still alive.
After both the Sharks and visiting Colorado Avalanche struggled to generate anything offensively through the first half of Wednesday’s game, San Jose erupted for four goals — two of them into an empty net — in the third period for a 5-1 victory.
The win gives San Jose 85 points, five back of the Winnipeg Jets for that final Wild Card spot in the West. In order to get into the post-season, the Sharks would have to jump over two different teams, including the L.A. Kings, in their final five games.
Even tough guy John Scott got into the act for San Jose, scoring an empty net goal for his third of the season, which sets a new single-season career best for him.
There was a scary scene in the third period, when San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan took a puck to the face and rushed off the ice, straight toward the Sharks dressing room, clutching the left side of his face.
San Jose Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan took a puck to the face in the third period and rushed off the ice toward the dressing room.
The incident occurred just to the left of the San Jose net on a clearing attempt. Hannan, 36, went straight to the dressing room holding the left side of his face.
It’s official now.
The Anaheim Ducks will go into the Stanley Cup playoffs as the Pacific Division champs for a third consecutive year. The Ducks secured the title with a dominant 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
Next on their list of accomplishments would be the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s top team during the regular season. With 107 points, they lead that race with three games remaining on their schedule.
The Ducks jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and secured the win with a penalty shot goal from Andrew Cogliano early in the third period. Corey Perry scored his 33rd goal of the season in the win, recording his 600th career point.
Ryan Kesler was scratched from the Ducks lineup.
The move was expected because Kesler is healing from what is believed to be an arm injury. He participated in the morning skate but Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn’t say if Kesler would play against the Oilers at Honda Center.