Brent Burns punished the Anaheim Ducks on the ice. Then he punished them on the scoreboard.
Moments after Burns laid a crushing hit on Ducks forward Corey Perry, Burns scored the go-ahead goal with 3:59 left in regulation to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the Ducks Thursday night at the SAP Center.
The win puts the Sharks (46-18-7, 99 points) into first-place in the Pacific Division with 11 games to play. The Ducks (45-18-7, 97 points) have lost two straight but have a game in hand over the Sharks. San Jose trails the St. Louis Blues by two points in the Western Conference, but St. Louis has two games in hand.
On Jan. 15, Anaheim opened a 13-point lead over the Sharks in the Pacific, but San Jose ran down the Ducks by going 17-6-1 since then while Anaheim is just 9-10-2.
Burns also drew an assist on Joe Thornton’s tying goal at 8:11 of the third period and was a factor all night long with seven shots on goal and five hits.
San Jose scored first, getting a power-play goal from Patrick Marleau at 13:52 of the first period. It was Marleau’s 29th goal of the year.
Anaheim tied it in the second on a goal by Matheiu Perreault at 17:40 and Teemu Selanne’s eighth goal of the season gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead early in the third period.
Antti Niemi made 16 saves to pick up the win as the Sharks kept the Ducks offense bottled up for much of the night.
The Sharks host the Washington Capitals on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
1. Brent Burns (goal, assist, seven SOG, five hits)
2. Joe Thornton (goal, two assists)
3. Ryan Getzlaf (two assists)