SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Ducks took the Sharks to the brink but in the end, it was San Jose that earned the extra point in a shootout.
Sharks center Michal Handzus scored the only goal in the shootout, beating Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller in the first round. Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi went 3-for-3 in the competition, as Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne all failed to find the back of the net.
Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, the Sharks pulled even at 17:15 on Logan Couture's fourth goal of the season. Scott Gomez dropped a pass behind him to Couture, who rifled a shot from the right circle through the legs of Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller and into the net.
Joe Pavelski also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 6-0-0. Niemi made 28 saves.
With just under two minutes left in overtime, Perry had a great scoring chance from right of the crease, but he misfired.
The Sharks were outshot 13-4 in the first period but owned a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. Pavelski scored his third goal of the season at 9:46 of the first as the Sharks top line delivered yet again and San Jose scored first for the fifth straight game.
The Ducks struck twice in a span of 59 seconds midway through the second period to take a 2-1 lead on goals by Beauchemin and Beleskey.
Beauchemin scored shortly after Couture nearly scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway.
After Couture missed, the Ducks stormed the other way, and Beauchemin ripped a sharp-angled shot from along the left boards that bounced off of Niemi and into the net at 8:40 of the second. Saku Koivu and Ryan earned the assists.
Beleskey made it 2-1 at 9:39, taking a pass in the low slot from Getzlaf and firing a rocket past Niemi. Former Shark Daniel Winnik, who earned an assist, made it all possible when he won battle for the puck along the boards and got it to Getzlaf.
The Sharks had 12 power-play goals in their first five games, but they didn't go on a power play Tuesday until 17:15 of the second period, and the Ducks killed that attempt.
At the end of the second, Anaheim owned a 21-10 edge in shots.
The Sharks were without veteran defenseman Dan Boyle, who, according to the team, missed the game with the flu. Although Boyle missed the morning skate, coach Todd McLellan said then that he fully expected him to play. Boyle also missed the third period Sunday against Vancouver with what McLellan described as a nose bleed that trainers had trouble stopping.
Ducks forward Emerson Etem, a first-round draft pick in 2010, made his NHL debut, skating on the fourth line.
He became the 13th player in NHL history born and trained in Southern California to appear in an NHL game, with nine of those 13 coming in the last eight seasons (since 2005-06).
Since the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, 17 players from Southern California have been selected by NHL clubs. Etem was drafted by Anaheim in the first round (29th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
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