Souray's goal lifts Ducks over Sharks 2-1

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss (1), of Germany, stops a shot on goal with Anaheim Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen (55) and Anaheim Ducks right wing Kyle Palmieri (51) on the attack with Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart, left, and Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) defending during the second period of their NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

ANAHEIM — One fortuitous and timely bounce turned a game around for the Anaheim Ducks and resulted in the first regulation loss of the season for the San Jose Sharks.

Saku Koivu scored the tying goal early in the third period, defenseman Sheldon Souray netted the winner with 6:39 left, and rookie Viktor Fasth made 25 saves as the Ducks beat the Sharks 2-1 on Monday night.

"I think it just shows that we can compete with every team in the league," Souray said after the Ducks followed up a win over the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday with another win. "San Jose is a great team. We played them hard last week up there and didn't get the result that we wanted. Tonight we had everybody going, and our goaltending was amazing.

"We're a work in progress. We want to get better and keep earning respect."

The Sharks, who won their first seven games before a 2-1 shootout loss to Nashville on Saturday, lead the Pacific Division by two points over the Ducks. Fasth is the first Anaheim goalie to win his first three NHL starts.

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