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Previous Game: Ducks' 10-game Streak Ends in 3-1 Loss to Sharks

Monday, 12.30.2013 / 1:35 AM / News
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Previous Game: Ducks\' 10-game Streak Ends in 3-1 Loss to Sharks
SAN JOSE -- The Anaheim Ducks\' franchise-record 10-game winning streak came to an end Sunday night at SAP Center against the San Jose Sharks.
SAN JOSE -- The Anaheim Ducks' franchise-record 10-game winning streak came to an end Sunday night at SAP Center against the San Jose Sharks.

Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Bracken Kearns scored for the Sharks, who beat Anaheim 3-1. The victory was San Jose's fourth straight overall against the Ducks and second this season.

Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi made 30 saves for his 21st win.

Ducks backup goaltender Frederik Andersen, making his first career start against San Jose, stopped 20 shots.

Patrick Maroon scored his third goal of the season for Anaheim, cutting San Jose's lead to 3-1 with 8:28 left in the third.

The Ducks, who own the top spot in the NHL standings with 61 points (they have three more regulation and overtime wins than the Chicago Blackhawks, who also have 61 points), lost for the first time since Dec. 3, when they fell 3-2 in a shootout against the Los Angeles Kings.

"I don’t think we were getting the bounces tonight," said Maroon. "But, that happens when you’re on a winning streak like that. We have Tuesday to bounce back against them. That’s the jury of the game. I thought we finished strong."

Anaheim leads the Pacific Division, but second-place San Jose closed the gap to five points and has two games in hand.

The Ducks played the second of back-to-back games Sunday, just as they did Nov. 30 when they lost 4-3 in a shootout against San Jose at SAP Center.

When asked if fatigue came into play, Maroon said it's no excuse. "I don’t think we need excuses for that," he said. "I think we just keep going. We got our legs under us last game. We should’ve bounced back, but we didn’t. But, we have another game against them on Tuesday. We just need to give it to them the way we finished this game.

This time, San Jose snapped Anaheim's six-game road winning streak and seven-game road point streak. Both streaks ended one game shy of tying franchise records.

Burns gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead 1:17 into the game, wristing a shot past Andersen from the slot for his 12th goal. Andersen had stopped a blast by Joe Pavelski from the circle, but he couldn't control the puck, and Burns made him pay.

Couture made it 2-0 at 10:07 of the first period with his 100th career goal, one that snapped an 11-game drought and was highlight-reel worthy.

Couture took a long pass in the neutral zone from Burns, turned on the jets and shot past Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin. He faked left, cut right and flipped a backhand shot over Andersen's left shoulder and into the net.

Couture hadn't scored since an empty-net goal Dec. 3 at the Toronto Maple Leafs and had just three goals in his previous 25 games. He reached 100 career goals in 271 games, the second-fastest in team history to Jonathan Cheechoo's 246 games.

Kearns increased San Jose's lead to 3-0 at 9:16 of the second period with his first career NHL goal. Kearns, who was called up Saturday from Worcester of the American Hockey League, became the oldest player in franchise history to score his first goal, at 32 years and 231 days.

Andersen made a save on Andrew Desjardins' wraparound shot, but the puck trickled into the slot, and a hard-charging Kearns scored on a wrist shot.

The Ducks appeared to jam the puck past Niemi with 14:54 left to play, but after a review, video officials ruled it was not a goal.

Maroon ended Niemi's shutout bid at 11:32 of the third, taking a pass in the left circle from Corey Perry and ripping a shot high and to the far side.

Sharks forward Tommy Wingels was hurt with less than two minutes gone in the game during a collision with Ducks defenseman Mark Fistric that sent him awkwardly into the boards. Wingels struggled to get off the ice, went immediately to the team's dressing room and did not return to the game. He played 51 seconds over two shifts.

Fistric appeared to be shaken up too, but he returned to the ice with about 15 minutes left in the first period.

Ducks forward Daniel Winnik, who played 21 games with the Sharks in 2011-12, went to the dressing room with 7:50 left in the second period after a battle with Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Winnik was bleeding profusely from the bridge of his nose and appeared to be furious with Vlasic. Winnik returned for the start of the third period.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 59 19 39 9 58
C. Perry 47 24 17 12 41
R. Kesler 62 15 22 -4 37
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 54 7 21 -3 28
H. Lindholm 59 6 22 19 28
J. Silfverberg 61 9 17 7 26
C. Fowler 61 5 21 -5 26
K. Palmieri 37 12 11 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 6 5 0 .915 2.69

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