Sharks’ Brett Burns scores winner against Ducks in milestone game

Brent Burns scored a tie-breaking goal during is 1,000th career game as the Sharks salvaged the finale of a four-game homestand with a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

Burns brought the SAP Center sellout crowd out of their seats with a blast from the right point at 10:21 of the third period for his fifth goal of the season. It marked the defenseman’s first goal in 11 games and only his second in 27 since Oct. 30.

Tomas Hertl added an empty-net goal — his 13th — at 19:37.

San Jose won for the first time in four (1-2-1) while dealing the Ducks their fourth straight setback.

Anaheim tied it 2-2 at 3:53 of the third when Kiefer Sherwood squeezed a shot from the slot under goalie Martin Jones’ right arm for his fifth goal of the season.

The Sharks carried a one-goal lead into the third period after a wild opening 40 minutes that featured a number of swings in momentum, strong special teams play and a moment where each starting goalie robbed the opponent.

Anaheim broke on top at 10:33 of the first by converting on its second power play. With Marcus Sorensen in the box for cross-checking Brandon Montour, Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg swooped in to poke a loose puck past Jones for his 10th goal of the season.

On the play, San Jose’s Brenden Dillon was battling in front with Anaheim’s Nick Ritchie but the puck was just out of Jones’ reach, which allowed Silfverberg the opportunity to pick up the loose change.

Ducks goalie John Gibson made one acrobatic save after another early on, even after suffering an injury that would end his night after 20 minutes, before the hosts broke through at 18:05.

The Sharks, who were frustrated time and time again after working long cycles without reward, scored the tying goal in just that fashion. Joonas Donskoi circled from behind the net to backhand a goal-mouth feed to Melker Karlsson, who tapped in his fourth goal of the season on the far post on San Jose’s 15th shot of the period.

Gibson was replaced at the start of the second period by Chad Johnson, a recent acquisition from the Blues who is still wearing his St. Louis goalie mask. Gibson appeared uncomfortable after getting hit by Sorensen while nearly prone at 9:30 of the first.

San Jose broke on top for the first time when Sorensen scored his seventh goal at 5:44 of the second. Joining Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton as one of the four new forward lines coach Pete DeBoer constructed for the first game coming out of the break, Sorensen swept a loose puck from the goal crease during a battle in front that included Pavelski and Johnson trying to get a handle on the puck.

The goal stood following a coach’s challenge.

Jones was both lucky and superb for the remainder of the period as the Ducks failed to score on two power plays in addition to a number of glorious even-strength chances.

Jones nearly potted a goal for the visitors when he wandered from the cage and struck the near post with an errant pass. The period ended just in time for San Jose as Anaheim struck iron twice on a late-period power play.

Briefly: Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson served the second of a two-game suspension. … Defenseman Tim Heed has an upper-body injury. Joakim Ryan replaced him in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for 11 straight.

Ross McKeon is a freelance writer. Twitter: @rossmckeon

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