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Average Joe: Thornton, Sharks fall

In a hockey version of ''Family Feud," the Niedermayers got the better of the Thorntons last night in Anaheim, Calif.

Scott Niedermayer set up his brother Rob for the winning goal midway through the third period as the Mighty Ducks beat San Jose, 5-4, to snap the Sharks' six-game winning streak.

Early in the second period, Scott Niedermayer, set up by his brother, put Anaheim ahead, 2-1. It was only the second time the brothers each scored in the same game and the first time since Opening Night in a 5-3 win at Chicago.

The Sharks lost for the first time with Joe Thornton in uniform. San Jose is 6-1 since acquiring the three-time All-Star in a trade that sent defenseman Brad Stuart and forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau to the Bruins. Thornton had his league-leading 36th assist on a goal by Scott Thornton, his cousin, that tied the game at 4-4 less than two minutes before Rob Niedermayer scored.

''Hopefully we won't have too many more of these losses. I like winning games," Joe Thornton said.

San Jose rallied to tie the score four times before Rob Niedermayer's 10th goal put Anaheim ahead to stay with 10:04 remaining. He redirected his brother's wrist shot from just inside the blue line.

Scott Thornton tipped in a shot by Tom Preissing to pull the Sharks even for the fourth time. Joe Thornton (minus-2, 3 shots) got the second assist, giving him three goals and 12 assists in his first seven games with the Sharks. It was first time he failed to register more than one point as a Shark.

Joe Thornton's best scoring chance came less than four minutes into the game when he backhanded the puck over the net after going in alone on Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Avalanche 2, Rangers 1 -- Joe Sakic scored twice in the second period, the second on a penalty shot, to tie Bruins legend John Bucyk for 19th place on the NHL career goals list (556) and lead visiting Colorado past New York.

Stars 5, Blackhawks 3 -- Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen each had a goal and an assist as streaking Dallas (seven wins in eight games) beat host Chicago.

Panthers 3, Capitals 2 -- Roberto Luongo made a season-high 53 saves to help Florida end a 13-game road losing streak with a victory over Washington.

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