Ducks 6, Sharks 3: Captain Ryan Getzlaf registered a goal and two assists as Anaheim avenged a loss at San Jose two nights earlier and remained unbeaten in regulation at home.Nick Bonino and Matt Beleskey each had a goal and an assist while Kyle Palmieri, defenseman Francois Beauchemin and Andrew Cogliano also scored as the Ducks rebounded from having their 10-game winning streak halted by boosting their record at Honda Center to 15-0-2.Jonas Hiller turned aside 33 shots to notch a club-record ninth consecutive victory and end a string of three straight losses at the hands of the Sharks, who won both previous meetings this season. The victory moved Anaheim seven points ahead of San Jose atop the Pacific Division.Defenseman Dan Boyle, Logan Couture and Bracken Kearns scored for the Sharks, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Antti Niemi allowed five goals on 34 shots before being replaced early in the third period by Alex Stalock, who stopped three of the four shots he faced.Bonino put the Ducks ahead to stay with 5:01 left in a frenzied second period, diving to backhand home the rebound of Getzlaf's shot for a 3-2 lead. Bonino did the heavy lifting on the next goal 3 1/2 minutes later, forcing a turnover behind the net, skating in front and sliding a pass to Beleskey, who tucked a backhander past Niemi for a 4-2 advantage after two sessions.Getzlaf ended Niemi's night 74 seconds into the final period as he was sprung down the right wing with a pass by Corey Perry and snapped a shot into the far corner of the net. Cogliano turned it into a rout 71 seconds later, finishing a 3-on-0 short-handed rush by knocking home the rebound of Saku Koivu's shot.Palmieri scored the only goal of the first period, tipping in a shot by Beleskey, but Boyle deadlocked the game with a blast from the right point 35 seconds into the second. Beauchemin notched his first goal of the season at the 11-minute mark before Couture pulled the Sharks even 1:35 later.GAME NOTEBOOK: Bonino's goal ended an 0-for-22 drought on the power play for Anaheim. ... Thornton earned his 826th career assist on Boyle's goal to move past Alex Delvecchio and into 25th place on the all-time list. ... Getzlaf reached 20 goals for the fourth time and is five shy of his career high, established in 2006-07 and equaled in 2008-09. ... Sharks GM Doug Wilson said rookie sensation Tomas Hertl underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair his the MCL and PCL in his right knee.
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