ANAHEIM Maybe it's not a bad thing that the Sharks rarely play both their California rivals on the same trip south.
Monday night, an ill-advised line change and multiple misplays kept San Jose on the skids as the Sharks dropped a 5-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks in what the visitors hoped would be a bounce-back game after a troubling loss to the Los Angeles Kings 48 hours earlier.
The Sharks' scoring came from Jason Demers, Patrick Marleau and Matt Irwin. The defeat was San Jose's fifth in a row on the road as the Sharks fell below the postseason cutoff line in the Western Conference.
The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Joe Thornton's line picked the wrong time to head to the bench and Francois Beauchemin fired the puck past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi on a 3-on-1 rush. Demers knotted the score at 19:02 of the first period when his shot from the right point eluded goalie Viktor Fasth.
Three Anaheim goals less than three minutes apart in the second period put San Jose in a 4-1 hole, however.
Ryane Clowe missed the game with a shoulder injury.
Ducks Corey Perry agreed to an eight-year, $69 million contract extension, keeping the former NHL MVP with Anaheim through the 2020-21 season.
Lightning Captain Vinny Lecavalier will not accompany the team on its three-game trip through Canada while nursing what is believed to be a minor fracture in his left foot. The team and Lecavalier said he has a lower-body injury.
DUCKS 5, SHARKS 3
SHARKS1 1 1 3 Anaheim1 3 1 5
First period1, Anaheim, Beauchemin 3 (Steckel, Palmieri), 14:06. 2, San Jose, Demers 1 (Galiardi, Gomez), 19:02. PenaltiesDesjardins, SJ, major (fighting), 2:20; Souray, Ana, major (fighting), 2:20.
Second period3, Anaheim, Holland 2 (Cogliano, Ryan), 11:09. 4, Anaheim, Etem 1 (Winnik, Allen), 11:43. 5, Anaheim, Getzlaf 11 (Etem), 13:55 (sh). 6, San Jose, Marleau 15 (Havlat, Murray), 19:31. PenaltiesHandzus, SJ (tripping), 5:53; Beleskey, Ana (hooking), 12:15; Koivu, Ana (interference), 19:54.
Third period7, San Jose, Irwin 5 (Burns), 6:48. 8, Anaheim, Beauchemin 4 (Getzlaf, Winnik), 19:14 (en). PenaltiesAllen, Ana (tripping), 19:53.
Shots on GoalSan Jose 9-10-1635. Anaheim 7-15-628. Power-play opportunitiesSan Jose 0 of 3; Anaheim 0 of 1. GoaliesSan Jose, Niemi 11-7-5 (27 shots-23 saves). Anaheim, Fasth 11-1-1 (35-32). RefereesMike Leggo, Brian Pochmara. LinesmenAndy McElman, Matt MacPherson.
A 14,441 (17,174). T 2:24.
The Associated Press and Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times contributed to this report.