Devan Dubnyk’s wizardry can’t save Sharks from shootout loss to Ducks

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Devan Dubnyk provided it his finest effort, however the goalie’s worthy efforts simply would not suffice as the Sharks fell 2-1 to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at Honda Center in their very first shootout loss of the season. 

Dubnyk, making his very first start given that Jan. 28, was outstanding through policy and overtime, publishing 30 conserves over 3 durations and 2 more conserves in overtime. However he ran out of gas in the shootout, with the Ducks’ Troy Terry and Max Comtois both scoring, and the Sharks (4-5-1) left Anaheim wasting a chance to get 2 more points, rather going for a split of the 2-game series.

Initially, it appeared Saturday’s contest would be an offending assault. It took simply 11 seconds for the Sharks to get on the board, with Logan Couture protecting a loose puck and shooting it into the back of the internet for his 3rd objective in 4 video games and 5th on the year. Couture’s fast rating signed up as the 2nd fastest NHL objective of the season up until now, and the 3rd fastest in franchise history.

Regardless of that, simply a couple of minutes later on defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov got a two-minute small charge for hooking, and the Ducks almost connected the video game up. Nevertheless, thanks to some wizardry from Dubnyk, who signed up 7 conserves in the power play, San Jose had the ability to eliminate the charge and keep ball game 1-0. 

“That was funny,” Dubnyk said. “We scored so quickly and I was like, ‘Oh that’s nice’ and thirty seconds, a minute later we’re on the PK.

“You don’t really think. You just work. If there’s rebounds or scrambles you just battle and work as hard as you can. It’s not too often you’re going to see 7 shots that quick on a PK.”

Dubnyk continued to battle through regulation, with his lone mistake coming at the 5:42 mark in the second period when Isac Lundestrom scored his first career NHL goal. San Jose and Anaheim would remain knotted up at one apiece until the end of regulation. The Ducks came close to sending the Sharks packing in the final seconds of overtime, but Dubnyk saved the day once more — and he did so without a stick.

Dubnyk’s remarkable effort was not lost on his teammates post-game, or head coach Bob Boughner.

“He’s been really strong,” Timo Meier said to reporters on a Zoom call after the game. “He made some huge conserves, there at the end an unbelievable save. He’s been great for us.”

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“It would have been great to get him the two points,” Boughner echoed. “But he was excellent tonight. He battled hard, he had desperation in his game, especially in that first power play.”

Dubnyk likely will continue to platoon with Martin Jones in front of the net, who earned the win in San Jose’s 5-4 shootout victory over the Ducks on Friday. Dubnyk, who was traded from the Minnesota Wild in October, is still searching for his first win in a Sharks uniform. 

Hopefully for Dubnyk and the Sharks, that win happens sooner rather than later on. San Jose will have the next 2 days off to rejuvenate before venturing to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Kings (3-5-2) for a two-video game series.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.