Kesler’s OT goal lifts Ducks over Sharks 3-2 

click to enlarge Joe Pavelski
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  • Sharks center Joe Pavelski snaps a shot against the Ducks on Monday. The Sharks lost in overtime.
ANAHEIM — Ryan Kesler scored 58 seconds into overtime, and Rickard Rakell netted his first regular-season NHL goal, leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Sharks on Monday night.

Cam Fowler got the tying goal with 4:16 left in regulation, and Frederik Andersen made 30 saves for the Ducks, who have won nine of 11 and own a league-best 51 points. They lead the Pacific Division by eight points over the Sharks.

The Ducks began overtime with 53 seconds of power-play time. San Jose killed the penalty, but Kesler beat Antti Niemi with a wrist shot from the left circle 5 seconds later.

Niemi got the Sharks to overtime with a spectacular glove save against Kesler from the top of the left circle during a power play.

Melker Karlsson scored his first NHL goal, Joe Pavelski connected on a power play, and Niemi made 29 saves for the Sharks, who lost for the second time in 11 games.

Karlsson, playing in his sixth NHL game, put the Sharks ahead 2-1 with 12:04 remaining. His slap shot from above the right circle went in off Andersen’s pads as he flopped to his knees.

But Fowler tied it by scoring off a cross-ice pass by Ryan Getzlaf from the left boards.

Rackell got his stick on a bouncing puck in front of the crease with defenseman Justin Braun in front of him and poked it past Niemi’s right leg at 7:20 of the second period.

Pavelski tied it at 2:00 of the third period with his 16th goal and ninth on the power play. He redirected Brent Burns’ shot from the right point.

The Sharks had a couple of good scoring chances in the first period, but Patrick Marleau hit the left post at 3:08, and Tomas Hertl was robbed in the final minute when Andersen made a sprawling leg save.

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