Ducks take on league, best Sharks

By Kara Vaporean

It’s been nothing but an exciting series for the Anaheim Ducks
in the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Jose
Sharks.

With home ice advantage, the first-seed San Jose Sharks were not
promising in the first two games of the series against the
eighth-seed Ducks.

Scoring two goals in Game 1 of the Western Conference
Quarterfinals, the Ducks shut out San Jose at the HP Pavilion
Center on April 16.

Opening night of the first round was flawless for the Ducks with
penalty kills and goaltender Jonas Hiller stopping every puck.

Hiller’s playoff debut was nothing short of amazing, recording
35 saves.

The game remained scoreless until the third period when Ducks
captain Scott Niedermayer took a wrist shot from Ryan Getzlaf and
Ryan Whitney.

With just over two minutes left in the game, Getzlaf scored with
the assist from Mike Brown.

With a solid victory in San Jose, the Ducks were ready for
another victory before returning home to Anaheim.

In Game 2, the Ducks came up big once again with a 3-2 victory
over the Sharks. Anaheim’s success came from its youngest members
Bobby Ryan, Andrew Ebbett and Drew Miller scoring all three
goals.

It was Miller’s slap shot from brothers Rob Niedermayer and
Scott Niedermayer that would bring the Ducks back to Anaheim with a
2-0 lead in the series.

The Ducks may have won the first two games of the Western
Conference Quarterfinals, but San Jose came back in Game 3 bringing
the series to life.

After a two game road trip in the playoffs, the Ducks were not
so fortunate in Tuesday night’s game.

It seemed like a crash for the NHL’s best team until San Jose
walked away with a 4-3 victory over the Ducks.

In Game 4 of the “Quest for the Cup,” the Ducks stepped it up by
shutting out the Sharks, 4-0.

With great defense, Anaheim put the series back in their court.
With three wins the Ducks only need one more win to play in the
Western Conference Semifinals.

Scoring the first two goals, Ryan brought Anaheim to an
automatic lead in the second period.

Late in the third period, Corey Perry scored number three and
Miller dumped the puck in with an open net scoring the fourth
victory goal.

The Ducks headed to San Jose with hopes to finish the series on
Saturday night, but fell short.

After scoring two goals in the third period to tie the game up
and force over time, Joe Thorton scored for San Jose with the Ducks
losing 4-3.

The Ducks now head home for a chance to close out the series and
advance to the next round.

Reach Kara Vaporean at sports@thepolypost.com

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