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Sharks let win get away

ANAHEIM -- The difference in the series between the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks and the Pacific Division-leading Sharks has been razor-thin this season, but with Anaheim holding a definite edge.

With the Ducks trailing by a goal, Doug Weight scored with 28 seconds left in regulation, then defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored 33 seconds into overtime Sunday night to rally Anaheim to a 4-3 victory over San Jose.

The defeat ended a 10-game road winning streak by the Sharks that equaled the second longest in NHL history. The Ducks' win was their season-high sixth in a row at home.

Anaheim has won five of six meetings against their division rivals from Northern California this season: two in shootouts, one in overtime, and two in regulation. San Jose's only victory came in a shootout.

The Sharks' last road loss before they began the streak was a shootout defeat in Anaheim on Nov. 9.

Weight, who came to the Ducks in a Dec. 14 trade that sent Andy McDonald to St. Louis, said the rivalry is evident.

"They're a tough team. They're in our division, and I definitely felt it," Weight said. "Being a new player here, you kind of get into new rivalries. We've played this team four times since I've been here and I felt the emotion before the game.

"So it's always fun to beat them."

Capping the Ducks' comeback from a 3-1 deficit, Beauchemin scored his second goal of the season and first in 41 games when he jumped into the play and one-timed a cross-ice pass from Todd Marchant between the pads of goalie Thomas Greiss.

After Anaheim pulled goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere for an extra attacker, Weight's 30-foot slapshot from outside the right circle got some help -- the puck bounced off Alexi Semenov's right skate and skidded past Greiss, who was making his NHL debut.

Greiss stopped 25 shots. Todd Bertuzzi and Corey Perry had the other Anaheim goals.

Jeremy Roenick had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, and Torrey Mitchell and Milan Michalek also scored for San Jose.

The 21-year-old Greiss, a German taken by San Jose as the 94th player chosen in the 2004 entry draft, got the start when Evgeni Nabokov finally got a night off. Nabokov had started all 43 of the Sharks' previous games this season.

Greiss was recalled from Worcester on Tuesday after posting a 12-10-1 record with a 3.03 goals-against average for the AHL team.

He obviously was disappointed with the defeat, saying, "It was a tough one, to lose the lead 30 seconds before the end."

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