3 - 2 Final
  for this game

Ducks edge Sharks

Dec 27, 2011 - 7:36 AM
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Jonas Hiller made 36 saves to help the Anaheim Ducks take down the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, at HP Pavilion.

Luca Sbisa, Andrew Cogliano and Bobby Ryan all scored for the Ducks, who snapped a four-game slide.

"It's a huge, important thing to leave the building feeling good," Ryan said.

Joe Pavelski and Jamie McGinn both had goals for the Sharks, who had a four- game winning streak broken. Antti Niemi was touched for all three goals on 23 shots.

"Every game means so much and you want to take care of your home games," said Pavelski. "We're going to have a bunch on the road soon so these home games are important to win, we didn't do that tonight."

The Ducks scored just 2:27 in as George Parros sent a blistering pass from the left circle to the high slot where Sbisa one-timed it home for his first goal of the season.

San Jose tied the game in the final minute of the opening frame when Joe Thornton threw a shot on net from the top of the left circle that was stopped, but Pavelski was in front to wrap in the rebound with 26.5 seconds showing.

Anaheim made it a 2-1 game 3:42 into the second as Thornton lost the puck high in the Ducks' end, allowing Ryan to go on a breakaway that he buried for his 11th of the season.

The Sharks again had an answer as a sharp pass from the right point by Justin Braun went to the left circle where McGinn roofed it over the glove of Hiller at the 7:13 mark.

However, Anaheim took a 3-2 lead into the third period when Cogliano's simple wrister from the top of the left circle fooled Niemi low to the glove side with 7:14 left in the second.

Hiller was busy in the third period as he had to stop 18 shots and had to help kill off two Corey Perry penalties to give his team the win.

Game Notes

The Ducks host the Canucks on Thursday...San Jose hosts the Canucks on Wednesday...Anaheim, which sits in last place in the Pacific Division, has won all three games this season against San Jose, which is in first place in the Pacific Division...Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play.