ANAHEIM -- The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks have a lot in common this season.
Both teams haven't been living up to expectations, hanging around the .500 mark for the first month of the season when they were supposed to be mopping up. "Inconsistent" is the word heard most frequently around both locker rooms.
So it shouldn't be a shock that the first of eight games between the two needed a shootout to end it Friday night, with the Ducks coming out ahead, 3-2.
Ryan Getzlaff and Andy McDonald scored for Anaheim on their shootout attempts. When neither Joe Pavelski nor Jonathan Cheechoo did the same for the Sharks, it was over.
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Getzlaf also scored in regulation for the Ducks and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves in the opener of an eight-game season series between the Pacific Division rivals.
It was the first time this season the Ducks won a game they trailed after two periods. They were 0-9, including Wednesday's 6-5 overtime loss to Phoenix.
The game almost didn't get to overtime. In the final minute, Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov made a huge save when a slap shot by Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger deflected high and seemed headed for the net until Nabokov frantically dived on the puck.
Joe Thornton scored on a power play in the final minute of the second period for San Jose and Torrey Mitchell notched his first NHL goal. Nabokov stopped 24 shots. San Jose had six power plays, compared to one for Anaheim.
Mitchell, playing in his 16th NHL game, opened the scoring at 10:32 of the first period when he staked down the slot and redirected Mike Grier's centering pass from the left circle past Giguere's right skate.
Mitchell entered the game as one of two rookie forwards in the league who had played every game for their respective teams this season without scoring a goal. The other was Chicago's Adam Burish, who did not score in his game against St. Louis.
Sharks center Jeremy Roenick played 22 shifts totaling 17 minutes and 23 seconds of ice time, but remained stuck on 499 goals as Giguere stopped all three of his shots.
ELSEWHERE IN NHL -- Henrik Sedin scored his second goal of the game in overtime to lift visiting Vancouver to a 2-1 win over Colorado. ... Rookie Patrick Kane and Jim Vandermeer scored power-play goals to help host Chicago beat St. Louis 4-2. ... Dan Cleary scored twice to help Detroit win its ninth in a row, 4-1 over visiting Columbus. ... Ilya Kovalchuk scored his eighth goal in his last four games for host Atlanta, a 4-1 winner over Florida. ... Andrew Raycroft made 30 saves for his sixth career shutout in visiting Toronto's 3-0 victory over Buffalo.