After four games of downtrodden mediocre play, the San Jose Sharks looked up to their second game in as many days against the Anaheim Ducks, who were unbeaten in their last seven. Whenever the Sharks match up against one of their SoCal opponents, the fans expect nothing short of a bloodbath on the ice. Well, Sunday proved to be one of the most blood-smeared games against the Ducks in recent memory, with a combined 165 penalty minutes between the two teams, and as usual, when we woke up on Monday morning, the drama continued long after the sound of the final whistle.
Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels picked up tallies on a power play that has seen a bit of a resurgence lately. Defenseman Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlassic scored the Sharks’ other two goals, and Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture each tallied two assists. Goaltender Antti Niemi backstopped 33 saves in the Sharks 4-1 victory.
The third period proved to be the most adrenaline filled of the game. No further proof than when in the third period, John Scott left the bench on a legal line change and went straight for Ducks’ defenseman Tim Jackman. A line brawl of sorts developed shortly after, leading to a melee that even saw Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen get involved.
As a result, John Scott was summoned by the NHL Department of Player Safety Monday afternoon, and ultimately a two-game suspension was rendered for his antics during that third period. Though he left the bench in a legal fashion, the league determined that he left the bench with intent to immediately target another player. According to rule 70.2, “No player or goalkeeper may leave the players’ or penalty bench at any time during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation. Substitutions made before the altercation shall be permitted provided the players so substituting do not enter the altercation.”