San Jose was short-handed for the final 36 seconds of regulation after Craig Rivet was sent off for hooking. However, the Sharks managed to avoid the rest of Anaheim's power play after they had the officials check Teemu Selanne's stick and guessed correctly about the illegal curve in it.
Forced to shoot with a normal stick in the shootout, Selanne lost the handle on the puck just as he approached the net with the Ducks' second attempt. Clowe beat Ilya Bryzgalov to the glove side with a short back-hander, and the Ducks' Andy McDonald completely fanned on his shot.
McDonald and Scott Niedermayer scored first-period goals for the Ducks, who thwarted any remaining hopes the Sharks had of overtaking Anaheim for their third Pacific Division title in five seasons by taking the game to overtime.
The Sharks played their final road game of the regular season and ended up 26-14-1 away from HP Pavilion - the first time they have finished with more than 19 road wins in their 16-year history. They host Calgary and Vancouver before opening the playoffs on the road.
After spotting Anaheim a 2-0 lead, Hannan got San Jose on the board at 7:57 of the second period with a slap shot from the right point while Bernier and Mike Grier were screening Bryzgalov near the crease. Bernier tied it at 15:42 of the period with a short-handed goal following a turnover behind the net by Anaheim defenceman Joe DiPenta.