Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Martin Havlat, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns
each recorded a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks escaped Honda Center
with a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks in the opener of a home-and-home series.
James Sheppard was credited with the game-winner, while Dan Boyle sealed the
Sharks' third win in their past 10 games with an empty-netter.
Antti Niemi made 24 games against the Pacific Division leaders, while Viktor
Fasth was beaten four times on 38 shots against to take the loss.
Francois Beauchemin, Emerson Etem and Corey Perry each scored in a losing
The Ducks were 13-1 at home before losing the final three on their five-game
homestand, the previous two both coming against Detroit.
The Sharks scored twice in a 1:24 span in the first period, the first coming
after Joe Thornton hustled down the ice to prevent icing. Thornton's pass from
behind the net found Havlat in the other corner, and Havlat fed Burns in the
left circle for the initial tally at the 5:46 mark.
Pavelski quickly cashed in on a Ducks turnover deep in their zone with his
eighth goal of the season, and Havlat extended San Jose's lead 34 seconds into
the middle period when he put in a long rebound off Matt Irwin's point shot.
Etem got the Ducks on the board 8:16 into the second as his centering pass
went off the glove of Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart and past Niemi.
Beauchemin's wrister into the top left corner 58 seconds into the third period
had the Ducks closing in on their 15th come-from-behind win of the year, and
when Logan Couture had a goal waived off because of a high stick the signs
were pointing that way.
But Sheppard's sharp-angle shot from the left boards found its way past an
unsuspecting and partially-screened Fasth with 9:56 remaining, and the two-
goal cushion proved vital after Perry found the back of the net with 1:40 on
Boyle's long shot into the empty net with 28 seconds left capped the scoring.
San Jose hosts the Ducks on Wednesday in the rubber match in the five-game
season series ... This is the first time all season the Ducks have lost three
in a row ... The Sharks were without forward Ryane Clowe for a fourth
straight game due to a shoulder injury.
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