San Jose 3, Ducks 2.

The Ducks got a pair of goals from defensemen — a rarity — but Joe Thornton’s marker with 8:49 left made the difference.

James Wisniewski and Ryan Whitney scored for the Ducks (7-11-3), who had only received three goals by defenseman all season, including Scott Niedermayer’s game-winner in overtime Thursday.

The Sharks took advantage of 14 giveaways, including one by Bobby Ryan that allowed Dany Heatley to set up Thornton’s game-winning goal. Heatley also scored his 18th goal of the season with the Sharks skating 5-on-4 in the second period.

Jonas Hiller got the start and stopped 33 of 36 shots.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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