San Jose’s Jeremy Roenick, left, and Joe Pavelski celebrate Roenick’s goal against Anaheim on Friday. - AP

Sharkes clinch Pacific title

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Brian Boucher made 23 saves, and the San Jose Sharks wrapped up the Pacific Division title with a 3-1 victory Friday night over the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.

Anaheim, second in the division, has three games remaining and trails San Jose by eight points. The Ducks had won 10 straight at home.

The Sharks won their third division crown and first since the 2003-04 season. They also finished first in the 2001-02 campaign. San Jose has points in 18 straight games (16-0-2).

"We wanted to get it done and over with," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said Friday night after the Sharks beat Anaheim 3-1. "Now we've got four games where some guys need a little break.

"Like Joe Thornton, Brian Campbell and people like that, you can take their minutes down and give other guys opportunities who haven't been playing much to get in there and get themselves ready for the playoffs."

Boucher shut out the Ducks after the first period, and Jeremy Roenick and Curtis Brown scored second-period goals for the Sharks.

Roenick said winning the division was "humongous, huge."

"Especially being in the division with the Stanley Cup champions. Obviously, it's a good feeling, but it's the first step in the process that we have in our minds right now," he said.

Anaheim rookie Jonas Hiller stopped 24 shots as he played his fourth straight game in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who has been sidelined by back spasms.

Roenick snapped a 1-1 tie at 11:10 of the second period, and Brown gave the Sharks a two-goal pad six minutes later.

Roenick scored his 14th goal during a power play. Parked near the left post when he got the puck, Roenick knocked it past Hiller during a delayed second penalty call on Samuel Pahlsson.

Brown picked up a loose puck just to the left of the crease and poked it past the sprawling Hiller for his third goal.

The Sharks, who haven't lost in regulation since Feb. 20, won for the 10th time in 11 road games to improve their NHL-best mark to 27-8-4 away from home.

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