Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Antti Niemi made 16 of his 26 saves in the third period, backstopping the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. Brad Winchester and Benn Ferriero scored 27 seconds apart in the second period for the Sharks, who have earned at least a point in nine of their last 10 games (6-1-3).
San Jose snapped a four-game losing streak against the Ducks.
Jonas Hiller stopped 33-of-36 shots for Anaheim, which has dropped the first three of a six-game homestand and seven of eight overall. Despite a 12-3 edge in shots in the first period, the Sharks trailed 1-0 on a goal by Corey Perry.
Winchester fired home a wrister from the top of the left circle to pull San Jose even at the 16:23 mark of the middle stanza. A diving Ferriero scored from in tight to put the visitors on top.
Joe Pavelski provided some insurance in the third period. Patrick Marleau created a turnover in the neutral zone and Hiller turned away a high shot by Joe Thornton, but Pavelski buried the rebound at 12:43.
Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play...Anaheim forward Jason Blake returned to the lineup after missing 34 games with tendon damage above his left wrist...Perry has 399 career points.
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"It’s the coach’s decision. I think I’m ready to go," Blake told Adam Brady of Ducks Blog. "It feels pretty good. You’re not going to know how you feel until you get into a game. I hopefully will play tomorrow night. I’m definitely looking forward to it."
Strangely enough, despite the Ducks having the second-worst record in the NHL, they have beaten San Jose in all three of their meetings so far this season. The Ducks prevailed 1-0 in at Honda Center on October 14, and Anaheim picked up a pair of 3-2 wins on October 17 and December 26 in San Jose.
The Ducks have lost two straight and have lost six of their last seven games, and are 3-8-2 under new head coach Bruce Boudreau. Anaheim is 6-20-6 in their last 32 games.
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