Sharks snap Ducks' 10-game winning streak

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 30, 2013 at 1:17 am •  Published: December 30, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Bracken Kearns didn't question his good luck.

Skating from the bench, the 32-year-old center saw the puck just sitting on the ice, and his eyes lit up.

Kearns scored his first NHL goal, Logan Couture netted his 100th, and the San Jose Sharks broke Anaheim's 10-game winning streak by beating the Ducks 3-1 on Sunday night.

Brent Burns added a goal for the Sharks, who won their fourth straight. Antti Niemi stopped 30 shots in his 21st win of the season.

"That's a great story, isn't it?" Sharks coach Todd McLellan asked. "There's also a lesson in it about believing in yourself and persevering."

Kearns, a veteran of nearly 600 minor league games, played in just his seventh NHL contest.

"It was just a loose puck," Kearns said. "This organization gave me an opportunity, and I just had to keep working at it and setting my goals high."

Patrick Maroon scored for the Ducks, who lost for the first time in December and missed a chance for a club-record, seven-game winning streak on the road. Frederik Anderson made 20 saves but lost for the second time in 11 games this season.

"That's on us," Anderson said. "We know they come out strong, and you have to be ready from the start."

Anaheim, which entered the game as the NHL's top team, also had a 13-game point streak stopped.

"This was a big game for us," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. "Now we've lost one in a row. You can't be satisfied with that."

The teams will meet again at Anaheim on Tuesday night.

"These are a huge two games and a huge four points," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. "They've been kind of running away from the division, and we sort of grabbed them and pulled them back a little. The next one is going to be another huge game."

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