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Sunday, December 29th (All times Eastern)

Anaheim Ducks (28-7-5) at San Jose Sharks (24-8-6), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks have both been tough to beat in their own arena this season.

The two Pacific Division rivals will get to put each other to the test with a home-and-home series that begins on Sunday night in San Jose.

The Ducks are off to their best start at home in franchise history and remain the lone team without a regulation loss as the hosting club, moving to 14-0-2 following last night's overtime win against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Anaheim, which will host San Jose on Tuesday, has added a decent 14-7-3 record on the road and leads the Sharks and Los Angeles Kings by seven points for first place in the division.

The Ducks are also in the midst of a club-record 10-game winning streak that has helped them tie the Chicago Blackhawks for the most points in the NHL with 61.

Anaheim was in danger of having its winning run halted last night, giving up a game-tying goal to Phoenix with less than a minute left in regulation. However, Saku Koivu scored his second goal of the game 51 seconds into overtime, redirecting a shot on net by Ben Lovejoy.

"We had a 2-0 lead, and they got a lucky bounce on the first goal," said Koivu. "It's one of those things where you try and regroup and quick as you can. You knew there was a good chance there would be overtime, so you start thinking about that."

Koivu also had an assist and Andrew Cogliano scored to extend the league's longest win streak since the Pittsburgh Penguins ripped off 15 in a row from March 2-30 of last season.

Jonas Hiller made 23 saves to match a club record with his eighth straight win. He evened the mark set by Viktor Fasth from Jan. 26-Feb. 16 of last season.

"It's something to be proud of. We wanted this 10th win. This was a big one," said Lovejoy.

The Sharks, meanwhile, have been bested just once at home in regulation, going 13-1-3 in San Jose. However, the club is just 11-7-3 on the road and won for only the second time in its last seven games as the guest with Friday's 4-3 shootout decision over Phoenix.

Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau scored in regulation and Marleau added the winning shootout goal. Antti Niemi added 34 saves in San Jose's third victory in a row -- all in a shootout.

The Sharks are 6-5 in the tie-breaking format this season.

"On the road, sometimes it's easy to have games get away from you. You have to have the will to keep fighting through it and I thought our guys did that," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "A month ago we were talking about how poor we were in the shootouts. The same guys who were missing then are now scoring."

Pavelski isn't missing much either. He has a goal in three straight and has scored seven over his last eight games.

Pavelski had the deciding shootout tally in a 4-3 home win over Anaheim on Nov. 30. Marleau added a goal and an assist, while Niemi made 28 saves.

Hiller stopped 32 shots and Lovejoy was one of three goal-scorers for the Ducks, who have lost three in a row to the Sharks as well as three straight and eight of its last 12 in San Jose.

12/29 10:34:08 ET

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Montreal NBCSN, CBC, RDS, Sun
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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