The Anaheim Ducks salvaged a split of their home-and-home with the San Jose Sharks with a convincing 6-3 win at the Honda Center in Anaheim on New Year’s Eve.
The Ducks led 1-0 after one period, then took control of the game with two goals in the late stages of the second period—part of a three-goal second for the Ducks—and added two more goals in the first 2:25 of the third period to turn the game into a rout.
After Kyle Palmieri gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at the 16:24 mark of the first period, San Jose tied it up on the power play just 35 seconds into the second period on Dan Boyle’s seventh goal of the season.
Francois Beauchemin scored at the 11:00 mark for Anaheim, his first of the season, to make it a 2-1 Ducks lead.
The Sharks got the equalizer just 1:35 later when Logan Couture scored his 12th goal of the season.
Then everything caved in on the Sharks.
Nick Bonino scored on the power play at 14:59 to give Anaheim a 3-2 lead and Matt Beleskey followed with a goal at 18:30 to give the Ducks a 4-2 lead after two periods.
The onslaught continued into the third period. Ryan Getzlaf scored, his 20th of the season, at 1:14 of the third and 1:11 later, Andrew Cogliano made it 6-2 with a shorthanded tally.
Bracken Kearns scored his second goal in as many games at the 3:16 mark to close the scoring.
San Jose dominated play in the first period, but the Sharks’ four-game winning streak came crashing to an end as the defense disappeared in front of Antti Niemi, who made 29 saves before he was yanked after Getzlaf’s goal early in the third period. Backup Alex Stalock stopped three of the four shots he faced.
Jonas Hiller made 33 saves for the Ducks, who improved to 29-8-5 (63 points), while the Sharks dropped to 25-9-6 (56 points).
San Jose returns home on Thursday night to host the Edmonton Oilers for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.
GGS Three Stars
1. Ryan Getzlaf (1 goal, 2 assists)
2. Jonas Hiller (33 saves on 36 shots)
3. Ben Lovejoy (2 blocked shots)