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|Heading into Game 3 of a first-round playoff series John Carlson Jersey , the San Jose Sharks attribute their success to attention to detail and a hard-nosed mindset that won’t allow them to be pushed out of games.
Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks are looking for their best players to help get the offense back in gear before becoming an opening-round afterthought.
San Jose looks to move within a win of advancing to the second round on Monday night against Anaheim at SAP Center.
The Ducks claimed home-ice advantage in the first round by winning 10 of their final 12 regular-season games to finish one point ahead of the Sharks. But winger Logan Couture said San Jose met an early objective after winning twice in Orange County.
“That was the goal coming in, to win the first one and not be satisfied with the split,” he said.
Martin Jones was key to the Sharks’ wins at Honda Center. He turned aside 25 shots for his fifth career playoff shutout in a 3-0 Game 1 victory on Thursday. After giving up a goal on the first shot he faced in Game 2, Jones finished with 28 stops in a 3-2 victory on Saturday.
Jones has won at least 30 games in each of his three seasons with San Jose under Peter DeBoer, who has come to expect that consistency.
“Jonesy’s been a rock for us this time of year,” DeBoer said Saturday.
Now the series shifts to Silicon Valley, where the Sharks won 11 of their final 16 games en route to a 25-13-3 record. San Jose is 22-14 all time in Game 3s — including 13-7 at home — and Anaheim is 15-13.
“We’re a tough team to play against. You’ve got to earn your way to beat us in a game,” DeBoer said.
Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour is aware of the challenge.
“We’ve been down two (games) before Youth Jake McCabe Jersey ,” he said. “They’ve got to win four. The series isn’t over. San Jose’s got a tough building and we’ve got to go in and match that.”
San Jose went 1-0-1 at home against Anaheim in the regular season. On Nov. 4, Joonas Donskoi notched the game-winner in the sixth round to give the Sharks a 2-1 win.
Just over two weeks later, the teams went to a nine-round tiebreaker and Antoine Vermette beat Jones to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory.
Jones has yielded only eight goals in his last four home games against the Ducks but has a 1-2-1 record.
However, Jones and the remainder of San Jose’s defense are keeping Anaheim’s top players in check. Wingers Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry don’t have any points and a combined five shots on goal.
Hampus Lindholm — one of four Ducks defensemen with at least 30 points this season — leads the team in scoring with a goal and an assist. No other blue liner has a point.
“We have to go out there and outwork them, and get those wins that are going to be huge for us,” Lindholm said. “All year here, people have been counting us out a lot of times. We’ve been stepping it up here when we need it the most, so I believe in this group here.”
Another player who has struggled is Anaheim goaltender John Gibson, who has stopped 63 of 69 shots. But coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t plan on changing things and will stick with Gibson even though Ryan Miller has 28 career playoff wins.
“When you play 82 games Cam Talbot Jersey , there’s lot of reset buttons that have been hit over the course of the season,” Carlyle said. “We understand the desperation that’s going to be necessary for us to go in and play well in their building.”
Gibson was 12-8-4 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 25 road starts this season. His only career start in San Jose came Oct. 25, 2016, when he gave up a goal to Marc-Edouard Vlasic 84 seconds into overtime of a 2-1 loss.
Game 4 is scheduled for Wednesday night in San Jose.
The Tennessee Titans have split with coach Mike Mularkey after he revived a team with the NFL’s worst record over two seasons and led them to their first playoff victory in 14 years. The Titans announced the move two days after a 35-14 loss to New England in the AFC divisional round.
Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk says in a statement they discussed extending his contract during the past week. But she says they saw different paths to take the team to greater success.
General manager Jon Robinson will oversee his first coaching search with the Titans. He was hired two days before Mularkey had the interim title removed in January 2016,
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations says the Indianapolis Colts are ”close” to reaching a deal to hire Josh McDaniels as their new coach.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were still working on the contract.
But even if the two sides agreed to a deal, the official announcement couldn’t be made until New England’s season ends. McDaniels is the Patriots offensive coordinator and is preparing for Sunday’s AFC championship game.
McDaniels has been one of the most coveted coordinators on the coaching carousel this year.
McDaniels and Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel are believed to be the Colts’ finalists.
McDaniels went 11-17 in two seasons as Denver’s head coach in 2009-10.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Giants acquired Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation.
Pittsburgh also will send the Giants cash to cover part of McCutchen’s $14.75 million salary.
McCutchen become the second star jettisoned by the Pirates in three days, following Saturday’s trade that sent ace Gerrit Cole to Houston.
Earlier in the offseason Womens Andy Dalton Jersey , the Giants acquired third baseman Evan Longoria from Tampa Bay.
McCutchen, the 2013 NL MVP, takes over in center from Denard Span, who was traded to the Rays in the Longoria deal. San Francisco wanted more production and steady defense from the center field position after a surprising last-place season in the NL West.
The reliable, durable 31-year-old McCutchen has played at least 153 games in each of the past three seasons for the Pirates, batting .279 with 28 home runs and 88 RBIs in 156 games in 2017. But he has not been an All-Star since 2015, when he was selected for the fifth straight season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Mike Shanahan, who owned the St. Louis Blues from 1986-91 and oversaw the acquisition of Hall of Famer Brett Hull, has died. He was 78.
Blues Chairman Tom Stillman confirmed Shanahan’s death in a statement. Stillman said Shanahan ”set a shining example of leadership both on and off the ice” and ”captivated Blues fans and made an immeasurable impact on the organization.”
No cause of death was announced.
After selling his ownership stake Womens Tyler Eifert Jersey , Shanahan stayed on as team chairman until 1994 and the Blues aggressively sought out a number of NHL stars during his time with the team. Hull came over in a trade with Calgary in 1988, and forward Adam Oates and goalie Curtis Joseph joined the team in 1989. St. Louis signed defenseman Scott Stevens to a big contract in 1990, then lost him in arbitration a year later as punishment for signing restricted free agent Brendan Shanahan away from New Jersey.
Hull called Mike Shanahan a ”very special man” on Twitter, adding that ”he made people better and I know I am better having known him.”
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Jamaica is sending a women’s bobsled team to the Olympics for the first time.
Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, who drove for the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Games, will pilot the Jamaican sled in the Pyeongchang Olympics next month. It’ll likely be pushed by Carrie Russell, a sprinter who helped Jamaica win gold in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2013 world track and field championships.
Audra Segree was also picked as a brakeman for the Jamaican team.
Fenlator finished 11th with brakeman Lolo Jones for the Americans in Sochi.
There will be 20 sleds in the women’s bobsled event in Pyeongchang. These Olympics mark the 30th anniversary of Jamaica’s famed men’s bobsled debut at the Calgary Games.