One of these days, the Sharks are going to lose a hockey game.

They came close Tuesday night, but a late third-period goal by Logan Couture and a strong performance by goalie Antti Niemi in the shootout gave San Jose a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in a game where the Sharks clearly were off their game.

"We've got to be excited that we put points in the bank and were able to come back," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said after his team improved its franchise-best start to 6-0. "But we have to tell it like it was -- they were the better team."

While Niemi was stopping Ducks forwards Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne, who hit a crossbar, in the shootout, the Sharks got a goal from Michal Handzus before Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller stopped Joe Pavelski and Ryane Clowe.

"He's known for scoring and we played the odds," McLellan said of the decision to use Handzus, who is something of a shootout specialist but still looking for his first point this season.