Sharks’ fifth consecutive loss comes in OT

That the Sharks crept one point closer to Pacific Division leader Calgary was likely of little comfort. San Jose is in a five-game tailspin and hasn’t yet figured a way out.

Jakob Silfverberg scored the winning goal 38 seconds into overtime to give the Ducks a 4-3 victory over the Sharks on Friday night in Anaheim.

Silfverberg, who had a goal and two assists, had his fifth multi-point game of the season and second against the Sharks. The goal, which beat San Jose’s Aaron Dell on his stick side, was his 23rd of the season.

Rickard Rakell scored two goals and assisted on the game-winner. Adam Henrique also scored a goal and Troy Terry had two assists. John Gibson stopped 23 shots.

Kevin Labanc, Timo Meier and Justin Braun scored for San Jose, which has lost five straight. Dell made 16 saves.

The Ducks opened the scoring at 7:58 of the first period when Rakell went top shelf on a snap shot just outside of the right faceoff circle.

Labanc evened it 2:29 into the second period with a wrist shot from just inside the left faceoff circle that Gibson was unable to get his glove on. The goal was Labanc’s 14th, and his 50th point of the season.

The teams then traded power-play goals in the third. Anaheim took a 2-1 lead at 2:41 when Henrique took Troy Terry’s pass and tipped the puck through the legs of Dell. Meier gave San Jose only its second power-play goal in the past seven games when at 6:29 when he tipped in Joe Thornton’s wrist shot. It was Meier’s 28th of the season and second in the past four games. Burns extended his point streak to four straight games with an assist.

Rakell gave the Ducks multiple power-play goals for only the sixth time this season at 15:05 with another snap shot that found the top left corner for his 13th.

Sharks defenseman Justin Braun, who appeared in his 600th NHL game, sent it to overtime on a wrist shot with 2:40 remaining for his second.

Wild 2, Capitals 1: Luke Kunin scored the go-ahead goal with 7:35 left, Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves and visiting Minnesota moved into playoff position, leapfrogging Arizona and Colorado to move into the second wild-card spot in the West. Defending Stanley Cup champion Washington has lost four of six, but still leads the Metropolitan Division by four points. Before the game, the Capitals said top-four defenseman Michal Kempny is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

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