Originally written on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Good things usually keep snowballing into more good things.  Bad things have a way of doing the same thing, but in the wrong direction.  The Ducks are currently rolling downhill with three losses in a row, their most recent coming at the hands of the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. As if consecutive losses to the Detroit Red Wings were not enough, Anaheim continued their current trend of not sticking to their game plan and not showing up until later in the game when facing the Sharks.   Most of the season the Ducks have worked hard, been patient, stuck to the game plan and most importantly had the confidence that they can win, no matter the score.   They need to get that back if they want to correct the course they are currently on. Is fatigue finally catching up?  Possibly, but no more than other teams also enduring the shortened and compressed season. "No excuses," said Corey Perry.  "Everyone's got short days.  It's a little adversity we've got to deal with." At least the game ended on a high note for the Ducks, despite the 5-3 final score.   Anaheim needs to take that kind of effort and put it in the full 60 minutes when they meet San Jose again on Wednesday up at the Shark Tank. The Ducks have fallen behind before, but when you spot a team three goals, you are digging yourself a huge hole. Brent Burns scored at 5:46 of the first period, followed by Joe Pavelski at 7:10.  Mart Havlat's goal :34 seconds into the second period finally pushed a button the Ducks, who responded. Emerson Etem put the Ducks on the board at 8:16 of the middle frame and Francois Beauchemin brought them within one goal :58 seconds into the third period.  The Sharks thought they had their fourth goal on the power play at 7:56 from Logan Couture.  Couture had batted the puck out of the air, and it was ruled no goal on the ice because it was assumed to be over the crossbar in height.  Because the long review proved inconclusive, it remained no goal.  Not to worry.  James Sheppard, who had not scored since December 2009, did add the game winning goal at 10:04. Perry, whose ill-timed turnover led to Pavelski's goal in the first period, redeemed himself with a goal of his own at 18:20.   With Viktor Fasth vacating the net, the Ducks hoped to get the equalizer and push the game into overtime.  Antti Niemi would not budge and Dan Boyle put in the empty netter at 19:32 to seal the deal for San Jose. "We obviously didn’t play our game for the first period and a half," said Perry. "We didn’t start well and it eventually caught up to us." The Ducks had an opportunity to redeem themselves against Detroit when they played two games in a row against them.  They failed in that attempt.   Anaheim does not want to fail on this opportunity for redemption and start off a four game road trip on a sour note.  Worse, they don't want a four game losing streak. "We’ve got to just get a little bit of a sense of urgency back in our game," said Sheldon Souray. "We’re starting these games possibly thinking it’s going to be an easy night. We’ve got to understand that we’ve played well all year to put ourselves in the position that other teams are going to be ready for us." Time to be ready for them, instead.  
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Devils unveil unique coaching by committee situation

Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to take Michigan job

Report: Johnny Manziel fined for being late to treatment

Duke Johnson's mother says son will enter NFL Draft

Starlin Castro questioned following nightclub shooting

Report: Jeff Driskel thinking about transfer to Duke

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Browns suspend Josh Gordon for final game of season

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Nebraska chancellor booed by Huskers players?

WATCH: Rory McIlroy trolled by 'Sweet Caroline' song

Auburn, Wisconsin players literally ate tons of food

Did Kobe Bryant respond to heckler with the rings count?

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Nebraska chancellor booed by players?

Johnny Manziel fined by Browns

Castro questioned after shooting

Rory McIlroy trolled with 'Sweet Caroline'

Browns suspend Josh Gordon

Kobe gives heckler the rings count?

Murray dumped over cheating scandal?

Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.