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Ducks take league lead with OT win over Sharks

December 23, 2014

ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler scored 58 seconds into overtime to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory over San Jose on Monday and took an eight-point lead over the Sharks in the NHL Pacific Division plus the overall league lead.

Two other Pacific teams also went to overtime, with Calgary winning at Los Angeles, while Metropolitan Division leader Pittsburgh lost a shootout at Florida, costing the Penguins a share of the NHL lead.

Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell netted his first regular-season NHL goal and Cam Fowler got the tying goal with 4:16 left in regulation for the Ducks, and Frederik Andersen made 30 saves for the Ducks.

Fourteen of Anaheim’s past 16 victories have been decided by one goal. Two ended in overtime and three went to shootouts.

Melker Karlsson scored his first NHL goal and Joe Pavelski connected on a power play for the Sharks, who lost for only the second time in 11 games.

Florida’s Aleksander Barkov scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the Penguins a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

Barkov skated in on Marc-Andre Fleury in the seventh round of the tiebreaker, moved left, and lifted in a one-handed shot to win it.

Patric Hornqvist had given Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in the first period. Jussi Jokinen tied it in the final minute of the second.

Jimmy Hayes scored twice in the third period to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead.

Nick Spaling deflected in a shot for a power-play goal with 4:52 remaining to bring the Penguins within 3-2, and Evgeni Malkin tied it with 3:10 left.

Calgary’s Mark Giordano scored 4:07 into overtime after Johnny Gaudreau had three goals in regulation — including two in a 1:13 span late in the third period — as the Flames rallied to beat Los Angeles 4-3.

The Flames snapped an eight-game losing streak and earned their first road win in nearly a month.

Trevor Lewis, Marian Gaborik and Jamie McBain scored for the Kings.

Nashville routed Columbus 5-1, with Craig Smith scoring twice.

Washington extended its point streak to nine games by beating Ottawa 2-1, with Braden Holtby making 38 saves for the Capitals.

Vancouver’s Alex Burrows scored twice to help the Canucks hammer Arizona 7-1.

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