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.
DeMelo also put the Sharks in a compromised position at 9:56 of the third, taking a cross-checking penalty that temporarily hindered the momentum of their comeback attempt.
Braun also struggled, at times, skating with Dillon instead of Vlasic, his longtime defensive partner.
At the end of the second, he nearly gave the Ducks a Grade A scoring chance by putting the puck on the tape of Jakob Silfverberg's stick with a breakout pass from below his own goal line.
Despite the defensive struggles, the Sharks managed to carry the territorial edge against the Ducks, who were playing without their top two centers in Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler, their top defenseman in Cam Fowler and top-scoring winger Patrick Eaves.
Although the Sharks outshot the Ducks 45-26, backup goalie Ryan Miller made it a close game by making 44 saves, several of which were of the eye-boggling variety.
Miller stoned Joe Pavelski in the opening frame, making a pad save on a one timer from the doorstep. In the second, he made a nifty right-pad save on Chris Tierney's one timer from the slot off a below-the-goal line feed from Mikkel Boedker. Earlier in the period, he made a left-pad save on a Tierney rebound attempt on a shot from the point.
The Ducks netminder made his best save at 8:26 of the third, steering a breakaway chance from Tomas Hertl into the netting above the glass.
--Kevin Labanc got demoted to the Sharks fourth line in the second period. Donskoi took his place on the top line alongside Joe Thornton and Pavelski while Timo Meier moved up to the third line.
--Goodrow made his NHL debut at center Saturday, skating in the middle of the Sharks fourth line.
--Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano reached a significant milestone Saturday, suiting up for his 800th-consecutive game in the barn where the streak started.
The iron man streak is the fourth-longest in NHL history, trailing Doug Jarvis (964), Garry Unger (914) and Steve Larmer (884).
Cogliano's streak is even more impressive considering that he hasn't missed a single game since he made his NHL debut for the Edmonton Oilers at the Tank on Oct. 4, 2007. Jarvis is the only other player to skate in 800-straight games without missing a single game in his NHL career.
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