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Sharks edge Ducks, 2-1, in shootout

Paul Gackle, The Mercury News on

Published in Hockey

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joonas Donskoi clinched the San Jose Sharks first shootout win of the season Saturday, flashing a series of deke moves to secure a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks at the SAP Center.

Donskoi scored the winning goal in the sixth round of the shootout in the Sharks first overtime game of the season, earning his squad two points on a night where it was playing without top defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who's sidelined with a head injury.

Joe Pavelski also scored for the Sharks in the shootout before Rickard Rackell tied it up with a goal of his own.

After playing from behind for most of the game, the Sharks tied it up at 1-1 at 11:57 of the third when Joel Ward netted his second of the season, tapping in the rebound of a Barclay Goodrow shot on a two-on-one play.

The Ducks opened the scoring at 6:23 of the first, taking advantage of a Sharks defensive miscue.

Corey Perry capitalized on a breakaway chance after defenseman Brenden Dillon got caught lunging in the neutral zone, attempting to breakup a stretch pass from Derek Grant. Instead of blocking the pass at the red line, Dillon allowed Perry to catch the cross-ice feed near the Sharks blue line and skate in all alone, squeaking the puck through goalie Martin Jones' pads.

The miscue came in a game where Dillon was taking on more responsibility in lieu of Vlasic's absence, playing out of position by filling his spot alongside Justin Braun on the Sharks second pairing.

Dillon wasn't the only Sharks defenseman who struggled with Vlasic on the sidelines.

Dylan DeMelo, who was suiting up for the first time since Oct. 7, showed some rust while skating on the Sharks third pairing alongside Tim Heed. He committed a major giveaway in the second, coughing the puck up in his own zone with a careless backhand flip.

Fortunately for DeMelo, Jones swallowed the ensuing shot from Ducks forward Logan Shaw.

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