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Ducks beat Sharks for 12th straight home win

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM – The equivalent of hockey bliss for Ducks fans came roughly midway through the second period.

Shortly after Anaheim announced on its scoreboard an eight-year contract extension for Corey Perry, there was one beautiful scoring rush after another. Peter Holland finished a tic-tac-toe play. Rookie Emerson Etem scored his first National Hockey League goal, and captain Ryan Getzlaf scored a shorthanded goal.

Only two late goals by the San Jose Sharks marred Monday night for Anaheim, whose 5-3 win marked a franchise-record 12th straight home victory -- and set set up a marquee matchup Wednesday with the Chicago Blackhawks (24-2-3).

Bring on the Hawks? Getzlaf won't immediately think about it.

"I'm in recovery mode right now," Getzlaf said with a laugh. "I'll be eager tomorrow morning."

Chicago will get first crack at ending the 12-game home streak by the Ducks (21-3-4), the second-longest streak in the NHL since the start of the 2009-10 season.

"It means another step," said Getzlaf, who extended his home point streak to a career-high 11 games. "We always want this building to be a tough place to come into. Our fans have shown it this year, and we've shown it. That's what we want to do down the stretch here is keep winning our home games and win as many as you can on the road."

Getzlaf's finish off a great pass by Etem was the game-winner and capped a three-goal outburst in a 2:46 span of the second period. Sheldon Souray started the play by tying up Adam Burish while Francois Beauchemin hit Andrew Cogliano on the left side.

A similar play led to a great finish by Etem, who broke in and roofed a shot past Antti Niemi in his 19th NHL game. It was a special moment for Etem, 20, who grew up in nearby Long Beach and was a 61-goal scorer for Medicine Hat in the Western Hockey League last season.

"It's about time," Etem said. "I've been waiting a long time. I know the fans have, too. It's just great to contribute offensively tonight. I think my two-way game has been getting better and better as far as consistency … I knew the goals would come. I've been shooting a lot more lately, and I've just got to keep that up."

Getzlaf buried Etem's pass into an open net with Matt Beleskey in the penalty box for hooking for a 4-1 lead.

Three minutes earlier, San Jose coach Todd McLellan called timeout to regroup. San Jose got goals from Patrick Marleau on a great shot past Viktor Fasth at the end of the second period and closed to 4-3 in the third on Matt Irwin's shot that went in off Getzlaf's skate. Beauchemin ended any possibility of overtime with an empty-net goal.

"The effort was better, the results are the same," McLellan said of his slumping team's performance. "So if we were looking for effort and banking on effort, it was there. But the results are the same. That's the disappointing part. Tomorrow when we wake up it's still going to be a loss and we're going to be two points behind everybody else.

"I thought we took a tight-checking game, a tight game, and turned it into a track meet, and that certainly doesn't favor us."

The Sharks have lost five straight regular-season road games for the first time since going 0-4-2 in 2010, despite getting Martin Havlat back in the lineup. San Jose actually scored more than two goals for only the second time in 13 road games but fell to 2-9-2 in that stretch.

"We're going to move forward and focus on the positives," Marleau said. "Guys are seeing what it is going to take to win games and we have to do it more consistently throughout the game. Obviously, there are some things we need to clean up but for the most part we understand how we have to play."

The Sharks came out of the first period tied 1-1 on a slap shot from Jason Demers that went through traffic high into the net. Tommy Wingels was in the slot to occupy defenders.

San Jose occupied Anaheim's zone for most of the start but a bad line change resulted in a Ducks goal. David Steckel grabbed a loose puck near the Sharks bench and started a 3-on-1. Beauchemin walked in on Niemi, faked a pass and slapped it over Niemi's right shoulder at 14:06.

"Bad line change, bad pinch," McLellan said. "A bit of both. I thought it was an emotional reaction by one of our d-man. It was a noble thing early, but it took him out of position. His emotions got the better of him in that situation."

San Jose forward Ryane Clowe sat out with a shoulder injury.

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