Sharks 3, Ducks 2 (SO): Logan Couture tied the contest late in the third period and Michal Handzus scored the lone shootout goal as host San Jose extended its season-opening winning streak to six games.
Joe Pavelski also tallied and Antti Niemi made 28 saves for the Sharks, who improved to 4-0-0 on their six-game homestand. Patrick Marleau had his goal-scoring streak snapped at five games but notched an assist.
Defenseman Francois Beauchemin and Matt Beleskey scored while Jonas Hiller stopped 16 shots for Anaheim, which is 2-0-1 on the road.
Handzus began the shootout by beating Hiller with a wrist shot, and that was all the cushion Niemi needed as he denied Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry on the Ducks' first two attempts. Niemi got a little help on Anaheim's last opportunity as Teemu Selanne rang his shot off the crossbar.
San Jose grabbed the lead midway through the first period on Pavelski's third goal. Captain Joe Thornton carried the puck up the left side before dishing it to Pavelski, who beat Hiller from the inner edge of the right faceoff circle at 9:46.
The Ducks pulled even at 8:40 of the middle session and moved ahead 59 seconds later.
Beauchemin fired the puck to the front of the net from along the end line in the left corner, and it caromed off the skate of Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray and past Niemi to forge a tie. Following a turnover in the left corner, Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf fed Beleskey, who ripped the puck over Niemi's shoulder from the slot for a 2-1 edge.
Couture kept San Jose from suffering its first regulation loss of the season as he took a drop pass from Scott Gomez and beat a screened Hiller from the top of the right circle with 2:45 remaining in the third period.
GAME NOTEBOOK: San Jose D Dan Boyle was not in the lineup due to the flu. His spot was filled by D Nick Petrecki, who blocked two shots in 12 minutes of action in his NHL debut. The 23-year-old Petrecki was selected 28th overall in the 2007 draft. ... Anaheim also had a player make his debut as RW Emerson Etem, who was drafted 29th overall in 2010, registered one shot in just under eight minutes of ice time. ... The Sharks were outshot 13-4 in the first period and recorded only 10 shots over the first 40 minutes.