SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 26: Andrew Gordon #41 of the Anaheim Ducks collides with Jason Demers #60 of the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion at San Jose on December 26, 2011 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Sharks Vs. Ducks: San Jose Can't Get Past Jonas Hiller, Lose 3-2

The San Jose Sharks will finish out the week trying to get back in the win column when they take on the Vancouver Canucks. On Monday, they dropped yet another game to the Anaheim Ducks, losing 3-2. For more on the Sharks, go to Fear The Fin.

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Sharks NHL Standings Update: Stars, Coyotes And Kings All Lose On Thursday, Sharks Remain On Top

The San Jose Sharks had an off day on Thursday after dropping an overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Despite the loss, the Sharks sat in first place. They did, however, have three of the other four teams in the Pacific Division within two points of them. All three of those teams played on Thursday, so the Sharks likely spent the evening watching games or repeatedly checking the scores.

The good news for the Sharks is that they're still in possession of a share of first place. The Los Angeles Kings moved into a tie with San Jose, as they matched the Sharks' 42 points by picking up a point with an overtime loss against the Winnipeg Jets.

The other two teams chasing the Sharks did not fare quite as well. The Dallas Stars were unable to gain any ground and are stuck in third place with 41 points following a 4-1 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are by most respects the worst team in the league.

Also very much in the hunt are the Phoenix Coyotes, who sit in fourth place with 40 points. They suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche.

The Sharks have to be feeling good about all three teams losing on Thursday when each of them had a chance to gain more ground.

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Sharks Vs. Ducks Final Score: Despite 15 More Shots, San Jose Loses 3-2

The San Jose Sharks had a four-game winning streak snapped on Monday, as they were simply unable to get past Jonas Hiller, losing 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks. Hiller stopped 36 of 38 shots, far more than were fired at San Jose's Antti Niemi, and was the biggest reason for the Sharks' loss. Anaheim didn't reach double-digit shot totals in any of the three periods, finishing with just 23 shots on goal. Niemi was only able to stop 20 of those, though. San Jose had 38 shots on the night, with a whopping 18 of them coming in the third period.

Andrew Cogliana scored the game-winner for Anaheim in the second period, five minutes after Jamie McGinn tied it for the Sharks. Luca Sbisa got the scoring started for Anaheim, and Bobby Ryan lit the lamp early in the secondary to give them the lead. Joe Pavelski had the other goal for San Jose. The Sharks dominated play for a large portion of the game, but the goalie play didn't hold up. Defensively, they weren't sound either, with one of the Anaheim goals coming off of a mis-handled puck by Joe Thornton.

This is the third time the Ducks have beat the Sharks this season, and only their tenth win of the year. It was just their third road win they walked away with at HP Pavilion, the second time they've done so this year. This marks the end of a four-game losing streak for Anaheim, on top of all of that.

For the Pacific Division, it doesn't mean a whole lot. The Dallas Stars lost their game as well, a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the St. Louis Blues, while the third-place Phoenix Coyotes lost 4-3 to the Los Angeles Kings. San Jose remains in the top spot in the division with Dallas at 41 points.

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Sharks Schedule 2011: Sharks Host Ducks, Canucks This Week

The Sharks will finish up a six-game homestand in the coming week. They'll take on a struggling division rival and a formidable second-place team.

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