ANAHEM, California. (AP) – Devan Dubnyak made 34 saves during his 33rd career.
“He made some good saves, it gave us confidence throughout the game,” San Jose coach Bob Buffner said of Dubnyak. “At the end of the game, you saw guys who were loyal to him, blocking the shots. “Instead of forcing performances, we were deepening pucks.”
For the first time since the 8-2 win over Philadelphia in October 2018, the Sharks, who had 10 goals or assists, won by six or more goals.
Kevin Labans had one goal and two assists, and Timo Meyer and Evander Kane also had one goal and one assist. He also had goals: Eric Carlson and Frederick Handemark.
Dubnyak, who was acquired from Minnesota during the off-season, received his first suspension since December 23, 2019 in the game against Calgary. He emptied the duck squad, which averages at least 2.18 goals per game in the league.
Dubnyak’s best stop of the night came in the second half, when he made a backup shot in the position of Max Comtouas right in front of the goal. Immediately after Dubnyak’s save, Kane received a central pass from Brent Burns, hitting the net sideways, leading the Sharks 2-0.
“It was amazing. We played hard and did not lag behind,” said Dubnyak.
On February 24, Hertl missed six games after appearing in the NHL COVID-19. He said he had headaches and fever for several days after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The Czech center opened the scoring eight minutes later with a goal from a power play, when his shot hit the short side of the post, then hit a backhand with Gon Gibson and entered the net.
“I felt very good there,” Hertl said. “We had a very good chance of stealing the net.”
Gibson allowed five goals in 24 shots before it spread to the third period. This is the third game in a row in which he has scored five goals, only allowing five or more in his career for the second time in that period.
At 3:18 in the third period, the sharks chased Gibson with three goals. Carlson 5: He had a goal in the 58th minute.
“We preferred to play alone, to play outside the structure, we tried to get two goals at once, you can’t do that,” said coach Dallas Ekins. “If you do not play together inside the facility, you go out there as a subcontractor, it will be like that.”
Handemark briefly spent time with Ryan Miller, five minutes into his first NHL goal. Miller made two saves.
On Saturday, the teams complete each other’s collection.
FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
In the middle of the first round, the gloves were thrown by Curtis Gabriel of San Jose and Nicolas Deslauries of Anaheim. It came after the Deslauriers ruled out Gab Jacob Larson’s rigorous inspection of Gabriel in the boards near the corner.
Both players received five minutes of free kicks. This was Gabriel’s third fight in five games since being called up by the minors.
San Jose is 0-1-1 in the back of the games, and Anaheim is 2-1.
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