The San Jose Sharks (45-27-10, 3rd Pacific) are feeling pretty good heading into Game 2 tonight against the Anaheim Ducks (44-25-13, 2nd Pacific). After a closer-than-it-looked 3-0 win in Game 1, the boys are looking to take a stranglehold on this series heading back to San Jose. Even with a win tonight, though, the series is far from over. The Ducks lost their first two games at home in a second round series against the Edmonton Oilers last year only to win the series in seven for the honor of getting starched by the Nashville Predators.
Evander Kane is one of the dominant stories of the series so far, and for good reason. Now unarguably the best trade deadline acquisition in the league, Kane scored his first two career playoff goals in his first career playoff game against John Gibson and the Ducks. Combined with a head-standing shutout performance by Martin Jones, the Sharks will be in tough to replicate Game 1's performance.
The Ducks, if they want to have any hope of evening this series, will have to work on their discipline. Anaheim held the distinct accomplishment of six of the game's nine penalties, and the Sharks made them pay, as Kane's ice breaker came from wide open in the slot on a five on three. The addition of Kevin Bieksa into the lineup after undergoing hand surgery on 14 March can only help in this regard, as his calm and collected aura will help to encourage composure.
Despite the score, the Ducks controlled 52.75% of shot attempts at even strength, so the Sharks will have to work on controlling more play five on five, especially if Anaheim can clean up and stay out of the box. As good as Jones has been against the Ducks (6-6-1, .939 sv %, 1.60 GAA career), San Jose can't rely on him for everything, and will need to do their part to terrorize Gibson on the other end.
Let's come home happy, boys.
Evander Kane -- Joe Pavelski -- Joonas Donskoi
Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker
Timo Meier -- Chris Tierney -- Kevin Labanc
Marcus Sorensen -- Eric Fehr -- Melker Karlsson
Paul Martin -- Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo
Scratched: Joel Ward, Barclay Goodrow, Jannik Hansen, Dylan Gambrell, Antoine Bibeau
Injured: Joe Thornton (knee), Joakim Ryan (upper body)
Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie -- Adam Henrique -- Ondrej Kase
Antoine Vermette -- Derek Grant -- J.T. Brown
Josh Manson -- Hampus Lindholm
Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour
Marcus Pettersson -- Kevin Bieksa
Scratched: Jason Chimera, Korbinian Holzer, Chris Kelly, Troy Terry, Andy Welinski
Injured: Patrick Eaves (illness), Cam Fowler (shoulder)
Where to watch
Broadcast: NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, PRIME, NBCSCA
Stream: NHL.tv / NHL App
Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App