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Stolarz made 46 saves when the Ducks beat Sharks 4-0

SAN JOSE, Calif .– Anthony Stolarz hit a career high of 46 saves in his third career shutout, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the San Jose Sharks 4-0 on Monday night. Alexander Volkov had two goals, Max Comtois had one goal and one assist and Rickard Rakell also scored when the ducks handily beat the sharks on their home ice for the second time in less than a week. “(Stolarz) was excellent,” said Anaheim manager Dallas Eakins. “Only a 10 out of 10 performance, especially in periods two and three when we were just totally gassed. He was fresh, he was dedicated. It was quite an accomplishment. “Martin Jones ended up with 15 saves for the Sharks, who started the night four points ahead of fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division and lost for the third time in four games. Team captain Logan Couture was asked what he could say to maybe rally his teammates. “You have to look in the mirror first before you start criticizing others,” he said. “We created enough insults to win the game. We just had to tighten defensively. “San Jose beat Anaheim 46-21 but was repeatedly rejected by Stolarz, who has spent most of his career as the No. 3 goalkeeper. He has just taken his seventh NHL victory since joining the league in the 2016-17 season. For the second time in the past week, the Sharks appeared to be coming flat against the last-placed Ducks, who they beat 5-1 on Tuesday. Anaheim took the lead just two minutes into the game when Comtois diverted a shot from Derek Grant and found the net for his twelfth goal as team leader. Later in the first round, Volkov took a pass from Sam Carrick and took a 2-0 lead at 8:12. The Sharks’ best chance came shortly after that second goal, but Marcus Sorensen hit the bar in an attempt to break away. Otherwise, the 6-foot-6 stolarz stopped everything while the sharks kept firing shots. “I kind of enjoyed it,” said Stolarz of his busy night. “If you haven’t played too many games this year and a team is throwing a lot of pucks at you, you can of course immerse yourself in a groove and settle in.” Volkov scored his second goal of the night and sixth of the season at 12:19 p.m. Rakell added a score for a wrist shot that defeated Martin Jones early in the third round. SHARKS ADD DRAFT PICK In the hours before trading closed on Monday afternoon, San Jose sent defender Nick DeSimone to Vegas in a three-team deal that included the Chicago Blackhawks. The Sharks received a draft pick for the fifth round from Vegas. San Jose did two other smaller deals, acquiring Tampa Bay college goalkeeper Magnus Chrona for defenseman Fredrik Claesson and Toronto striker Alexander Barabanov for striker Antti Suomela. DEFENSE RECEIVED Anaheim, who was supposed to be a seller by the deadline, instead acquired Carolina defenseman Haydn Fleury for defender Jani Hakanpaa and a sixth round draft pick. The Ducks also traded Toronto defenseman Ben Hutton for a fifth round election. UP NEXT The Sharks host the Ducks in a rematch on Wednesday, the final game between the teams this season. ___ More coverage of AP NHL: and Joe StIGE, The Associated Press


Janet Smith