SAN JOSE (CBS / AP) — Teemu Selanne scored a pair of first-period goals and the Anaheim Ducks held off the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Monday night in their best start since their Stanley Cup-winning season five years ago.
Corey Perry, last season’s NHL MVP, scored for the second straight day as the Ducks won their fourth straight. In his first start of the season, Dan Ellis made 41 saves. Anaheim has won three times in four days, including a 1-0 victory over the Sharks on Friday.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns scored for San Jose, which has lost three straight since a season-opening win.
Antti Niemi was sharp at times, making 19 saves. The Sharks goalie missed training camp and the start of the season after having a cyst removed from near his knee.
The Ducks scored a power play goal for the second straight game after starting the season 0 for 15 with the advantage. Selanne netted his 237th power-play goal, tying him with Brendan Shanahan for fifth on the NHL career list. Selanne has scored 639 goals overall, one fewer than Dave Andreychuk for 13th place.
Perry, honored for his MVP season at home on Sunday night, showed off his scoring talents again. He created his own shot early in the third period and gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead.
Selanne found an opening on a power play, after taking a pass from Saku Koivu, to score his first goal at 9:42. He added another with 5:27 left in the first when he converted the rebound of Koivu’s shot.
Vlasic’s goal came during a scrum in front of the net at 6:39 of the second. The puck appeared to hit the sticks of a couple of defensemen before ricocheting into the net.
Burns answered Perry’s goal with a power-play score at 11:01, taking a pass from Joe Thornton, who recorded his first point of the season.
NOTES: Ducks F Patrick Maroon was a healthy scratch for the second straight day. … Ducks D Kurtis Foster (left thigh) is day-to-day. … The Sharks haven’t had a 1-3 since the 2002-03 season. … Selanne has 95 points in 80 career games against the Sharks. … Sharks D Doug Murray left the game temporarily after he was hit in the back by a puck while trying to block a shot. … Sharks C Andrew Desjardins appeared to have words with Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle as he was escorted off the ice after being ejected near the end of the first period.
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