All it took was three bad mistakes for the Ducks to lose control of a 1-0 lead and the game, giving the Sharks their first win against their in-state rivals this season, 3-1. Prior to this win, San Jose lost the last three games against Anaheim.
Despite committing a penalty just 22 seconds into the game, the Ducks seemed to have found their stride early on. Team scoring leader Corey Perry notched his 15th goal of the season shortly after the penalty expired, giving his squad the 1-0 lead. Throughout the rest of the period, Anaheim sustained pressure on Antti Niemi, who was screened heavily and out of position many times, resulting in tons of loose pucks and rebounds in and around the crease. As fate may have had it, the Ducks just barely missed banging in the easy chances past the goal line .
Anaheim's offensive efforts were complimented by Jonas Hiller, who was impenetrable as he read all of the Sharks' plays and made big stops. His biggest saves included an outside shot from Joe Thornton and even better save on Andrew Desjardins' breakaway.
The tables turned in the second period, however, as the Sharks were finally able to get deep in the Ducks' zone and create plays down low to jumpstart their offense. At 4:37 into the middle frame, Brad Winchester solved Hiller, snapping one past the Anaheim netminder. Just 27 seconds later, San Jose usurped the lead, courtesy of Benn Ferriero 's tip-in.
Up 2-1, the Sharks had all the momentum going into the final period, but not without a fight from Anaheim.
The Ducks dominated in zone time in the third, and by the end of the period, outshot the Sharks 16-7. However, thanks to a few posts and more missed swipes at loose pucks, Anaheim could not cash in to tie the game. Their failures to score were all the worse when Hiller gave up a deflating goal due to a bad rebound from Thornton's shot and Joe Pavelski banking the puck as Hiller was way out of position.
Anaheim still had over seven minutes to get back within one, but Bobby Ryan 's boarding penalty on the way to stop an icing call pretty much ruined all chances for the Ducks to come back.
With the win, San Jose again leaps ahead of the much-improved L.A. Kings in the Pacific Division for the lead and third place in the conference.