Makiniemi makes 23 saves in first NHL start, Sharks beat Ducks

ANAHEIM — Eetu Makiniemi made 23 saves in his first NHL start, and the San Jose Sharks ended a four-game skid with a 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday.

Timo Meier and Erik Karlsson each had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Hertl and Matt Benning each had two assists for the Sharks (9-16-5).

“I really liked the way we defended, we defended hard tonight,” San Jose coach David Quinn said. “So you know that’s the recipe for success, and you score six goals. It’s quite nice.”

Trevor Zegras scored for the Ducks (7-18-3), who lost seven of their eight games (1-5-2). John Gibson allowed four goals on 19 shots before an illness forced him to be replaced early in the third period by Antoine Charpentierwho made seven saves.

“We were trying to do a lot of things individually,” Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said. “You can’t win by yourself in this League.”

Video: SJS@ANA: Karlsson and Sturm score 8 seconds apart

Meier gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 10:18 of the first, redirecting on a cross pass from Karlsson.

“When someone opens up, it’s usually easy for me to locate them,” Karlsson said. “Timo did a good job of getting lost, and it wasn’t that difficult as a pass.”

Makiniemi saved on Frank Vatrano on a 2 on 1 shorthanded with Adam Henry at 11:57 a.m. on the first.

“This game could take on a whole new twist on that 2-on-1 shorthanded on the first power play if they score,” Quinn said. “It’s amazing what a play can do early in the game when a keeper makes a big save.”

Ducks forward Brett Leason hit the post at 4:34 of the second, eight seconds after Makiniemi deflected a backhand from close range Troy Terry.

Scott Harrington then made it 2-0 at 6:19 of the second, scoring on a slapshot from the left circle that broke the Anaheim defenseman’s stick. cam fowler. Kevin Labanc had an assist on the play for his 200th NHL point.

“The power-play goal was a real fluke,” Eakins said. “He snaps our stick in half in the top slot and ends up in the net.”

Video: SJS@ANA: Makiniemi gives Sharks a boost in their first NHL start

Karlsson made it 3-0 at 7:53 with a powerplay slapshot. Nico Sturm scored from the slot eight seconds later to extend the lead to 4-0.

“It’s a little easier to play when you have the lead early on, so that really helped,” Karlsson said. “I hope we can string together a few [wins] together and not just one here and there.”

Zegras made it 4-1 at 9:37 of the second on a wrist shot from the left circle, but Nick Bonino shot into an empty net with 3:42 remaining to make it 5-1.

With Stolarz back in goal, Steven Lorentz scored with 3:17 left for the 6-1 final.

“The only way to get through this is together,” said Ducks forward Sam Carrick said. “You can’t really feel sorry for yourself, this League is too relentless.”

REMARKS: Makiniemi made his NHL debut as a relief to Kaapo Kahkonen in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. … San Jose goaltender James Remer is expected to return Tuesday against the visiting Coyotes. He suffered a lower-body injury in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on November 25. … Fowler got an assist on the Zegras goal and had 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in his last 13 games. … Gibson hasn’t finished six of his 21 starts this season. … Defender of ducks John Klingberg returned after missing the previous seven games with a lower body injury. He had three hits in 20:52. … Anaheim forward Jason Megna played 9:27 in his Ducks debut after being waived by the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. Megna was also playing his first NHL game against his younger brother, Jaycob, a Sharks defenseman.

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