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Ducks dent Sharks playoff hopes with 5-3 win

By Josh Dubow

Associated Press

Published: Monday, March 19 2012 10:40 p.m. MDT

Anaheim Ducks left wing Bobby Ryan, not shown, scores past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31), of Finland, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, March 19, 2012.

Paul Sakuma, Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bobby Ryan had a goal and two assists and Jeff Deslauriers won in his first game in more than two months as the Anaheim Ducks dealt a blow to San Jose's playoff hopes with a 5-3 victory over the Sharks on Monday night.

Francois Beauchemin, Corey Perry, Nate Guenin and Kyle Palmieri also scored and Nick Bonino had a career-high three assists for the last-place Ducks, who had lost five of six.

Marty Havlat, Ryane Clowe and Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who missed a golden opportunity to improve their playoff positioning on a night their rivals were idle.

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