Sharks start fast, blank reeling Ducks

Published: Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013 - 6:33 am

SAN JOSE – Joe Pavelski scored a minute into the game to start a three-goal first-period spree, Antti Niemi earned his second shutout of the season, and the Sharks swept a home-and-home against first-place Anaheim by beating the Ducks 4-0 Wednesday night.

Patrick Marleau and Brent Burns also scored in the opening 10 minutes, and Niemi made 22 saves for the Sharks, who have back-to-back regulation wins for the first time in two months.

Tommy Wingels had a short-handed goal and two assists to get San Jose off to a strong start to a crucial seven-game homestand. The Sharks moved into a tie for seventh in the Western Conference.

The Ducks followed up a 5-3 home loss to the Sharks by coming out flat in the return game. Anaheim has lost four straight games in regulation following a 12-game streak with at least one point.

The losing streak follows an emotional win over Chicago last Wednesday in a matchup of the top two teams in the West. Anaheim followed that with consecutive losses to Detroit and the sweep by San Jose, getting outscored 16-5 in the losses. The Ducks travel to Chicago for a rematch against the Blackhawks on Friday.

The Sharks jumped on top early with nine shots, three goals, two power plays and one fight before the Ducks could manage their first shot on net against Niemi.

Pavelski, who had just one goal in 18 games before scoring Monday, struck one minute into the game when he beat goalie Jonas Hiller on a wraparound. Pavelski was on a new line with TJ Galiardi and Ryane Clowe, back after missing four games because of a shoulder injury.

Clowe, the subject of trade talks despite having no goals in 25 games, helped set up Pavelski's ninth goal and then fired up the crowd even more with his fight against Anaheim defender Bryan Allen.

Penguins get Iginla – Pittsburgh acquired veteran Jarome Iginla in a trade with the Calgary Flames.

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