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Sharks top Ducks for Pacific Division lead

March 21, 2014

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Brent Burns scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:59 to play to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Thursday and take sole possession of first place in the NHL’s Pacific Division for the first time in more than three months.

Joe Thornton tied the game earlier in the third and got his second assist on the game-winner for the Sharks, who have won seven of eight to move two points ahead of Anaheim, although the Ducks have a game in hand.

The Sharks, who trailed by 13 points on Jan. 15, have not been alone in first since Dec. 6.

Teemu Selanne and Mathieu Perreault scored for the Ducks, who have lost six of their last eight.

In other games around the league, Daniel Alfredsson scored his second goal of the game with one second left in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Alfredsson’s shot went off Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and appeared to be knocked into the net by Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi, who scored into his own net earlier in the game. The goal stood after video review.

Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Todd Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit.

Los Angeles’ Marian Gaborik got the deciding goal in the shootout as the Kings beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 to give Darryl Sutter his 500th regular-season victory as an NHL coach.

Jonathan Quick made 21 saves and tied Rogie Vachon for the most career victories by a Kings goaltender. He stopped Alex Ovechkin, who leads the league with 46 goals, on the Capitals’ second shot in the tiebreaker.

The Philadelphia Flyers topped the Dallas Stars 4-2 to win their fourth straight game and maintain their hold on second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Wayne Simmonds had two goals for the Flyers, and Mark Streit and Michael Raffl also scored.

Dallas, which lost its fourth straight, is now four points behind Phoenix for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

The Coyotes, meanwhile, got first-period goals from Radim Vrbata and Antoine Vermette to beat the Florida Panthers 2-1. Phoenix has won five of six and seven of nine.

New Jersey’s Andy Greene scored two minutes into overtime as the Devils ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Wild 4-3.

The Columbus Blue Jackets ended the Montreal Canadiens’ three-game winning streak with a 3-2 win and the Tampa Bay Lightning topped the Ottawa Senators 5-4 for their fifth straight victory.

In a matchup of the league’s two worst teams, the Buffalo Sabres beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 to end a seven-game losing streak.

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