SAN JOSE -- The Ducks erased a two-goal deficit within a 4:04 span late in the third period, but fell short in a shootout on Saturday night in San Jose.
It was a hard-fought point earned for the Ducks, who concluded the second of back-to-backs after a home victory over the Flames on Friday.
"We said between periods that if we get one [goal], we’ll get two," said head coach Bruce Boudreau. "We were right there. They had a 3-1 lead, but it’s still within the distance where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. When Alex Grant scored, I thought there was a really good chance we’d tie it. I thought we were going to win it in regulation because the adrenaline was flowing pretty good."
Perry scored in the first period for Anaheim. Grant, making his NHL debut, and Ben Lovejoy scored in the third for Anaheim to send the game past regulation and assure the Ducks of at least a point.
"I was just trailing [Nick] Bonino and he made a nice pass," Grant said. "I wanted to get it off quick and on net, and it went in. I had 11 friends and family in the seats tonight. It was unbelievable. I can just imagine how they’re feeling."
Grant became the first defenseman in club history to score a goal in an NHL debut.
*Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau
The Sharks went on a power play at 1:26 of OT when Perry went to the box for holding Couture. But the Sharks didn't get a shot on goal during that power play and finished the night 0-fo-5 with the man advantage. The Ducks had a power play for the final 31.4 seconds of overtime with Jason Demers in the box for holding Sami Vatanen, but they came up empty and finished 0-for-3.
Niemi made 28 saves in the first meeting this season between San Jose and Anaheim. Hiller made 32 saves.
After Perry gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the first period, the Sharks roared back to score three times in the second.
The Sharks pulled even on Couture's ninth goal of the season at 4:16. Marc-Edouard Vlasic ripped a shot from above the left circle and Couture tipped it past Hiller from close range, snapping his seven-game goalless streak.
San Jose took advantage of a huge mistake by Hiller to take a 2-1 lead at 10:02 on Marleau's shorthanded goal.
Hiller skated far out of the crease to his right to get a slow-moving puck that the Sharks had cleared, even though two Ducks were in pursuit. Hiller's pass intended for defenseman Cam Fowler in the slot was off-target, and Marleau picked it off. Marleau passed the puck left to Joe Thornton, got it back and put it into a wide-open net before Hiller could recover.
Havlat increased the Sharks' lead to 3-1 with 57 seconds left in the period. Scott Hannan rifled a shot from the left circle into heavy traffic, and forward Mike Brown, planted in front of the net, knocked the puck loose into the low slot. Havlat knifed in and beat Hiller with a backhand shot from 12 feet.
Grant cut the Sharks' lead to 3-2 at 12:50 of the third, hammering a shot from the left point that deflected off of Niemi's chest then bounced over his shoulder and over the goal line.
"I can’t imagine how it would feel with a win," he said. "It was nice to get but it would mean so much more with a win."
With 3:06 left in regulation, Lovejoy ripped a shot from above the left circle that went through traffic beat Niemi to tie the score.
The Ducks were outshot 12-8 in the first period, but Perry scored the only goal at 5:56. Dustin Penner sent an outlet pass to Ryan Getzlaf, who quickly sent the puck ahead to Perry near the blue line. Perry raced in and wristed a shot that went over Niemi's glove and inside the right post.
The goal was Perry's team-leading 15th, while Getzlaf got his team-high 18th assist and Penner his 12th assist.
The Sharks got a scare early in the first when Thornton was hit in the face with a puck that was deflected by linemate Tomas Hertl near the Ducks' crease. Thornton immediately went to the dressing room, but he was back on the ice at 10:26 of the first. He had a swollen left eye, stitches above that eye and a cut on the side of his nose.
The Ducks played without four of their top six defensemen due to injuries. Francois Beauchemin, Luca Sbisa and Sheldon Souray are on injured reserve, and Bryan Allen missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury.
Former Shark forward Teemu Selanne, who has 96 points in 89 career games against San Jose, was not in the lineup and didn't travel with the team to San Jose. Selanne, who turned 43 on July 3, has been getting the second night of back-to-back games off in an attempt to keep him fresh.
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