Ducks Lose Series Finale in San Jose

SAN JOSE -- The Ducks opened their four-game road trip with a 4-0 loss at HP Pavilion in the regular season series finale against the Sharks.

Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller, who entered the game with a career 2.16 goals-against average against San Jose, allowed four goals on 29 shots.

San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi stopped 22 shots, earning his second shutout of the season, and Tommy Wingels added a shorthanded goal in the third period.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau used his timeout after San Jose's three-goal, deja vu outburst. In their 5-3 win against Anaheim on Monday night, the Sharks jumped to a 3-0 lead on goals by Burns and Pavelski in the first period and one by Martin Havlat just 34 seconds into the second.

The Sharks, fighting just to make the playoffs, have won two straight games for just the second time since Jan. 31 when they capped a seven-game streak to start the season with a shootout win against the Edmonton Oilers. They have 36 points and are tied with the St. Louis Blues for seventh in the Western Conference.

Thanks to its blistering start, which included a 12-game point streak, Anaheim is still solidly in second place in the West with 48 points, but the Ducks have hit their first true rough patch of the season. Next stop, Chicago -- where the Ducks will continue their four-game road trip against the 25-4-3 Blackhawks.

Pavelski scored for the second straight game since being moved from a second-line wing to the third-line center. Ryane Clowe, in his first game after missing four straight with a shoulder injury, made a rush down the right boards and sent a pass ahead to TJ Galiardi, who went behind the net and sent the puck to Pavelski, and the latter beat Hiller with a wraparound, putting the puck just inside the left post, for his ninth goal of the season.

Minutes later, Clowe put a big hit on Ducks center Dave Steckel, sending him into the boards. Anaheim defenseman Bryan Allen shoved Clowe in the back, igniting a long bout that landed both of them in the penalty box at 4:03 for five minutes and seemed to give the Sharks even more energy.

Just 49 seconds later, Marleau took a pass from Logan Couture in the slot and ripped a shot past Hiller, making it 2-0 with his team-high 16th goal of the season.

Then with Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray in the box for holding Wingels, Burns ripped a shot from the left circle passed Hiller at 9:20 of the first period. The goal was Burns' fourth in eight games since making the switch from defenseman to forward.

After a scoreless second period, Wingels put San Jose ahead 4-0 at 6:44 of the third with a short-handed goal. Defenseman Dan Boyle hit Couture with a pass, sparking a 2-on-1 rush, and Wingels beat Hiller to is stick side for a goal to go with his two assists.

Just before Wingels scored, Ducks forward Corey Perry punched a trailing Boyle in the face. There was no penalty for the punch, but soon after the goal, an angry Boyle and Perry started trading punches in a spirited fight. Both received two minutes for cross checking and five for fighting.

Veteran forward Radek Dvorak, who signed with Anaheim on Sunday and cleared waivers Monday, was officially added to the Ducks' roster Wednesday after his immigration issues were resolved. Dvorak, who had been playing in Switzerland, was in the lineup and played his first game of the season for the Ducks.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:00SJS Joe Pavelski (9) ASST: TJ Galiardi (5), Ryane Clowe (10) 1 - 0 SJS
04:52SJS Patrick Marleau (16) ASST: Logan Couture (10), Tommy Wingels (6) 2 - 0 SJS
09:20SJS PPG - Brent Burns (4) ASST: Tommy Wingels (7), Martin Havlat (7) 3 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
3rd Period
06:44SJS SHG - Tommy Wingels (3) ASST: Logan Couture (11), Dan Boyle (10) 4 - 0 SJS
Three Stars of the Game
Tommy Wingels
Tommy Wingels
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:13
Dan Boyle
Dan Boyle
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 7
+/-: 2TOI: 17:38
Antti Niemi
Antti Niemi
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 16-16
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:49ANA Bobby Ryan  Hooking against  TJ Galiardi
04:03ANA Bryan Allen  Fighting (maj) against  Ryane Clowe
04:03SJS Ryane Clowe  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan Allen
07:54ANA Sheldon Souray  Holding against  Tommy Wingels
14:46SJS Joe Thornton  Tripping against  Francois Beauchemin
2nd Period
3rd Period
05:25SJS Jason Demers  Delay of game
10:24ANA Corey Perry  Fighting (maj) against  Dan Boyle
10:24SJS Dan Boyle  Fighting (maj) against  Corey Perry
10:24ANA Corey Perry  Cross checking against  Dan Boyle
10:24SJS Dan Boyle  Cross checking against  Corey Perry
12:28ANA Sheldon Souray  Roughing against  James Sheppard
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/21/3
Faceoff Wins3031
Blocked Shots1330
Penalty Minutes1816
4C. FowlerD00-21022:25
5L. SbisaD00-11020:31
7A. CoglianoL00-10014:55
8T. SelanneR00-12016:11
9B. RyanR00-12215:32
10C. PerryR00-22715:35
11S. KoivuC00-10013:50
15R. GetzlafC00-25019:52
18R. DvorakR0001011:08
20D. SteckelC0000010:27
23F. BeaucheminD00-11022:50
32T. LydmanD00-10017:42
34D. WinnikL00-13018:26
44S. SourayD0001418:06
51K. PalmieriR0000013:49
55B. AllenD00-10517:29
65E. EtemR0002011:13
74P. HollandC0001014:33
1J. Hiller2529.86260:00
5J. DemersD0012218:47
7B. StuartD0000019:06
8J. PavelskiC1011016:07
9M. HavlatR0100014:33
10A. DesjardinsL0003012:56
12P. MarleauL1013018:16
15J. SheppardC0001011:32
19J. ThorntonC0003215:48
21T. GaliardiL0112015:08
22D. BoyleD0121717:38
23S. GomezC0002014:21
29R. CloweL0112514:13
39L. CoutureC0222017:25
44M. VlasicD0021019:08
52M. IrwinD0010020:03
57T. WingelsC1223014:13
61J. BraunD0001021:19
88B. BurnsD1002015:27
31A. Niemi22221.00060:00