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Jae C. Hong, Associated Press
San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (12) and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) fight for control of a puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Brad Winchester and Benn Ferriero scored 27 seconds apart in the second period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks for the first time in four tries this season, 3-1 Wednesday night.

Joe Pavelski also scored and Antti Niemi made 26 saves in his 13th consecutive start for the Sharks, who were inexplicably mastered in their first three meetings with the woebegone Ducks, who sit 29th in the NHL standings.

San Jose couldn't score for the first 36 minutes, but Winchester's shot off the post and Ferriero's hustle play in front of Jonas Hiller's net erased an early deficit and sent the Ducks spiraling to their seventh loss in eight games.

Corey Perry scored for the Ducks, who have lost 11 of 14 since replacing coach Randy Carlyle with Bruce Boudreau.