View Count: 106 |  Publish Date: January 01, 2014
Sharks falls to Ducks

ANAHEIM - On Sunday night, the Sharks were flying high after beating the Ducks at the SAP Center, a victory that snapped Anaheims franchise-best 10-game win streak.
Tuesday night, San Jose had a rough landing at the Honda Center in a rematch.
Ryan Getzlaf scored his 20th goal and added two assists and Jonas Hiller stopped 33 shots to propel the Ducks to a 6-3 victory over San Jose. Anaheim extended its Pacific Division lead over the second-place Sharks to seven points by running its season-opening home points streak to 17 games (15-0-2).
Dan Boyle and Bracken Kearns scored power-play goals as the Sharks four-game winning streak ended with a dismaying defensive effort in front of Antti Niemi, who stopped 29 of the 34 shots he faced. Logan Couture also scored for San Jose, which dominated the first period before falling apart in the second. Alex Stalock replaced Niemi after Getzlaf blasted a wrist shot past the Finnish goalie for Anaheims fifth goal early in the third period.
We were on our toes, winning the races, Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. Where did it go in the second? I guess thats the big question we have to ask our group. What do you do? What do you bring to the team? Are you an energy guy? Do you hit, block shots, or just take up space?
We have got some guys ... that need to perform a little bit better.
You want to keep the momentum going, added Sharks captain Joe Thornton. But the second period we were just caught staring, and it definitely cost us.
With another overpowering offensive performance despite a slow start, the Ducks easily avoided back-to-back losses.
Were a good hockey club, and we know it, said Getzlaf, who is third in the NHL with 47 points. But we also know weve got to get better. Games like this, when you come out flat, teams will bury you.
Roster moves: The Sharks recalled forward Freddie Hamilton from Worcester (Mass.) of the American Hockey League and placed forward Martin Havlat on injured reserve. Hamilton, who has played in seven games with the Sharks this season, had 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 22 games for Worcester. Havlat has an undisclosed lower-body injury and has not played since Dec. 21.Surgery for Hertl
Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl underwent successful surgery to repair damage to the collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee in Cleveland on Tuesday, according to Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.
There is no immediate timeline for his return to the lineup, Wilson said in a statement.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Anthony Miniaci. Hertl, 20, hurt his knee in a collision with Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 19.
Hertl leads all NHL rookies with 15 goals and 25 points.
-Ross McKeon

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Time: 8:36  |  News Code: 362359  |  Site: San Francisco Chronicle
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