The San Jose Sharks ended the Anaheim Ducks’ impressive 10-game winning streak on Sunday, beating their in-state rivals 3-1.
Jamie Baker captured the daffy run the Ducks had been on: before Sunday, Anaheim enjoyed that 10-game streak, hadn’t lost in regulation since Nov. 26 and hadn’t lost a regulation game to another team in the Pacific Division. Not until tonight.
Antti Niemi was sharp in the Sharks net, making 30 out of 31 saves for his 21st win of the season, the second-best mark in the NHL right now. That’s his third win in a row, ending Frederik Andersen’s three-game run in the process.
Brent Burns had a great night in his own right, scoring the opening goal and assisting on Logan Couture’s eventual game-winner.
The bright side for the Ducks is that they’ll get a quick chance for revenge. They host the Sharks in Anaheim on Tuesday to begin a four-game homestand; they’ll also play six of their next eight contests at home.
For now, though they’ll have to accept the fact that the Sharks have the longer winning streak, as San Jose has won four games in a row.