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Sharks snap Ducks' seven-game winning streak

by Curtis Zupke / NHL.com

ANAHEIM -- The San Jose Sharks got back in the winning column and the Anaheim Ducks got a harsh awakening to the Pacific Division.

Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tommy Wingels scored and San Jose snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win against Anaheim at Honda Center on Sunday.

The Sharks, coming off a 2-1 home loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, controlled play for most of the game and ended the Ducks' seven-game winning streak. Goalie Antti Niemi made 33 saves and shut out Anaheim for nearly 55 minutes before Matt Beleskey scored Anaheim's lone goal.

San Jose had talked about deeply examining itself after the loss to Buffalo, and it literally fought for a win after Anaheim engaged it in a fight-filled finish.

"We wanted to find a way to win," Pavelski said. "To find it that way is a good thing. You can come together as a team, and when you win those games … it definitely feels good.

"It wasn't an easy day to play. It was a tough loss the other night, but it was good we got another chance to redeem ourselves and play right away. It was back-to-back. It's a good team over there. Our guys did a good job of sticking together."

Anaheim, playing its first division game and beginning a stretch of five games against Stanley Cup Playoff teams from last season, was outplayed at the start. Its sixth-ranked power play went scoreless on its first four tries and goalie Frederik Andersen had his six-game winning streak ended. It was the first time in four games that the Ducks allowed more than one goal.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau blamed himself for not preparing his team and took note of what the game portends.

"That's what this Pacific Division is all about," Boudreau said. "They're good teams here. We know they're good teams. This is something we'll get up for the next time we play them, and hopefully a better result will happen."

Defenseman Vlasic gave San Jose a 3-0 lead at 10:03 of the second period with a backhand chip five-hole on Andersen to finish a rush during 4-on-4 play. It was a rare bad goal allowed by Andersen, and it came moments after frustrations boiled over for the Ducks, who were held to two shots through the first 15 minutes of the second.

Captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each took themselves off the ice with fighting majors, which didn't sit well with Boudreau. Perry later took a 10-minute misconduct penalty in a game that had nine fighting majors and eight misconducts.

"I'm not going to play the guilty thing here," Getzlaf said. "It wasn't anything that they did that we didn't do back. That was both teams. Tensions ran high, and we dealt with them … we don't want to see that kind of stuff get out of hand the way it did, but it was good to see our group pull together.

"This group just plays. We try and the play the game every night. The way professional sports [are], you're always going to have nights where you just don't have it. Tonight was one of those. Pucks were getting away from us. We weren't moving our feet. There were things that went on in the game that don't usually happen to our group. One of those every 10 isn't too bad."

San Jose took a 2-0 lead into first intermission on goals by Burns and Pavelski. Burns wristed a seeing-eye shot from the left point through traffic at 8:25, and Pavelski redirected Joe Thornton's shot from the slot past Andersen for a late power-play goal at 19:39.

The Sharks have outscored the opposition 12-1 in the first period this season. San Jose coach Todd McLellan was glad they didn't let up, a big change from 24 hours earlier.

"[Saturday] we didn't have our foot on the gas pedal," McLellan said. "Today we did. I can't put it any more simple than that. We played not to lose [Saturday] in at least the first two periods, and it cost us. I use baseball analogies - we were up to bat and we swung the bat. We didn't wait to get on first by walking or getting hit by a pitch."

Anaheim didn't put its first shot on goal until 10:08 of the first period, although it did have several quality chances during that span. The night was probably summed up best for the Ducks when Ryan Kesler missed an open net early in the third with San Jose up 3-0.

After that, the game descended into post-whistle incidents.

"It was just two teams that compete hard against each other and one that's not used to losing recently," Boudreau said. "We were getting our butt kicked pretty good and we couldn't do anything and we couldn't match what they were doing. We were frustrated, and when you're frustrated, stuff happens."

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