Sharks snap Ducks’ 10-game winning streak

Updated: December 30, 2013

San Jose, CA ( – Antti Niemi stopped 30 shots and the San
Jose Sharks beat the Ducks, 3-1, to snap Anaheim’s franchise-record 10-game
winning streak.

Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Bracken Kearns lit the lamp for the Sharks, who
won their fourth in a row. The 32-year-old Kearns registered his first NHL

This was the start of a home-and-home series with the Ducks set to host
Tuesday’s contest. Anaheim has yet to lose in regulation at home this season
(14-0-2), something the Sharks have done just once (14-1-3) this campaign at
SAP Center.

Patrick Maroon scored in the third period for the Ducks, who lost for the
first time since Dec. 3 in a shootout against the Los Angeles Kings. The Ducks
had their 13-game point streak (11-0-2) broken. That was three shy of the club
record (12-0-4), set Oct. 6 – Nov. 9, 2006.

Frederik Andersen made 20 stops for the Ducks, who had won their previous six
road games.

Andersen robbed Joe Pavelski of a one-timer from the bottom of the left
circle. Pavelski then fed the disc to the front for Burns, who netted his 12th
goal of the season only 1:17 into the game.

Couture scored his 100th career goal 10:07 into the first. He skated with the
puck through center ice, got around Anaheim defenseman Francois Beauchemin in
the left circle and from the right side of the net went to the backhand to get
the disc over Andersen.

“It’s about time. I’m happy to score. I forgot what it felt like,” said
Couture, who scored for the first time since Dec. 3 at Toronto.

Kearns made it 3-0 at the 9:16 mark of the second. Andrew Desjardins had his
wraparound attempt turned away by Andersen, but Kearns got the loose puck in
front and slammed it into the net.

Maroon broke the shutout bid at 11:32 of the third on a one-timer from the
left circle off a pass from Corey Perry.

Game Notes

San Jose center Tommy Wingels crashed head-first into the end boards early in
the first period and did not return … The Sharks have gone 9-3-1 on home ice
against Anaheim since the 2009-10 season … The home team has won seven of
the last eight contests between these two franchises.