Sharks return favor, beat Ducks

ANAHEIM - The Ducks were able to win on the road Tuesday night in San Jose. The Sharks returned the favor Wednesday at Honda Center, leaving both teams where they started.

For the second consecutive night, San Jose had a big third period against the Ducks. It didn't matter much on Tuesday, but two third-period goals Wednesday were what the Sharks needed to grab a 3-2 win.

The win pulled San Jose (35-19-1, 71 points) back within three points of the first-place Ducks (33-14-8, 74) in the Pacific Division, just where it was before the Ducks' 7-4 win at San Jose on Tuesday.

However, the Ducks had a chance to create some real distance between themselves and San Jose, taking a 2-1 lead just 44 seconds into the third period on a rare goal by Shawn Thornton.

Thornton's second goal of the year came off a rebound of a Corey Perry shot, as he picked up the loose puck and pushed it past San Jose goaltender Vesa Toskala.

The Ducks weren't able to hold the lead though, thanks in large part to Shark right wing Jonathan Cheechoo, who scored two goals in the third period on Tuesday. He scored two more Wednesday, including the tying goal with 9:24 left in regulation.

Milan Mihaleck put San Jose ahead with 3:46 left in the game and three seconds remaining in the power play when he redirected a wrist shot from Marc-Edouard Vlasic from the point.

San Jose scored five goals in the third period the past two nights and allowed the Ducks to score only two.

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