ANAHEIM (AP) — The new-look Anaheim Ducks are concentrating on short shifts, constant energy and a furious tempo.
That’s how a fresh Adam Henrique found himself stealing the puck at mid-ice and blowing right past some weary Sharks into the crease for a backhand goal that sent the Ducks cruising toward another early-season win over a Pacific Division opponent.
Captain Ryan Getzlaf scored, Ondrej Kase had two assists and Anaheim remained unbeaten with a 3-1 victory over winless San Jose on Saturday night.
Michael Del Zotto also scored and John Gibson made 35 saves for the Ducks, who have won back-to-back home games over Arizona and San Jose in an auspicious start under new coach Dallas Eakins. The Ducks have embraced Eakins’ desire for speed and tempo, and Henrique already sees obvious results.
Anaheim missed the playoffs last spring for the first time since 2012, prompting big changes for the longtime contenders. The Ducks are sending out the youngest roster in franchise history, but veterans and holdovers made the biggest plays against San Jose.