NHL: Anaheim avenge San Jose defeat
Anaheim avenged last weekend's defeat to San Jose by beating the Sharks 6-3, making it 11 wins from 12 games.
Last Updated: 01/01/14 9:26am
Los Angeles Kings lost ground after losing to Dallas, while St Louis hung on to edge fading Minnesota and close on the Central Division lead, and New Jersey beat Eastern Conference leader Pittsburgh.
Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf scored his 20th goal of the season and added two assists, while Francois Beauchemin got his first goal of the campaign.
Nick Bonino and Matt Beleskey each had a goal and an assist while Andrew Cogliano and Kyle Palmieri also netted for the Ducks, who have not lost in regulation in 17 home games this season.
Dan Boyle and Bracken Kearns scored power-play goals, and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, whose four-game winning streak ended.
St. Louis' Jaden Schwartz scored for the sixth straight game to help the Blues beat Minnesota 2-1 and close within four points of Central leader Chicago.
TJ Oshie also had a goal for St. Louis, which is 5-0-2 in its past seven road games.
Ryan Suter scored in the closing seconds for the Wild, who have lost a franchise-record six straight games in regulation and have just 11 points from their past 18.
New Jersey's Adam Henrique scored inside two minutes to set up the Devils' 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Michael Ryder connected early in the second period for the Devils, who overcame the loss of veteran forward Patrick Elias in the first period after being knocked to the ice.
Matt Niskanen cut it to 2-1 for Pittsburgh at 6:58 of the second off a pass from Sidney Crosby.
Dallas' Erik Cole scored twice to lead the Stars to a 3-2 win over struggling Los Angeles.
Tyler Seguin netted his 20th goal of the season for the Stars, who have five points from the first three of five straight home games.
Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings, who have lost four straight.
Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog scored power-play goals to help the Avalanche snap a four-game losing streak by beating Columbus 5-3.