Sharks top Ducks 4-3 in shootout

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 1, 2013 at 1:28 am •  Published: December 1, 2013
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Pavelski was being too creative in the shootout.

He needed something different this time.

Pavelski scored in the shootout and Antti Niemi stopped all three attempts to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 on Saturday night.

"You don't get a chance to do very much," Pavelski said. "There's only a couple of moves you can do. You stop, the puck keeps moving, slow."

Logan Couture scored his first goal in eight games. Patrick Marleau and Marty Havlat also scored for the Sharks, who finished a season-long five-game homestand unbeaten and won their eighth in nine overall.

The Sharks got a scare when Joe Thornton caught a puck over his left eye. He was back on the ice after getting stitched up.

"You hope it's not serious and when we saw where it was, we knew he'd be back," Marleau said. "He played with one eye for the most start."

Thornton wasn't making too much of it.

"I think it was just a ricochet. I'm not sure if somebody tipped it or not, but it caught me right on," he said. "I just came in and got some stitches. But I'm fine. It's what hockey players do. They get bumps and bruises and they come back out."

Corey Perry, Alex Grant and Ben Lovejoy scored for the Ducks, who had won three of their past four.

"We kept coming back at them," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We were always within reach. If we scored one, we'd score two. We had our opportunities."

Niemi stopped 28 of 31 shots for his 15th win. Jonas Hiller saved 32 shots in taking the loss.

The Ducks have lost six of their past seven road games.

Lovejoy tied it at 16:54 of the third with his first goal of the season, though he has three points in his past four games.

Nick Bonino won a faceoff in the Sharks zone, tapped the puck to Lovejoy, who shot it to the right corner.

"It's good to win but we made a lot of mistakes," Couture said. "After losing a faceoff we need to get into the shooting lanes. We need to do our job."

Hiller stopped all 12 shots he faced in the first period, including several outstanding saves.



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