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Puck bounces Sharks way on the Island
Burns scores game winner on controversial power play
10/29/11 - By Mike Lee -

Sometimes you get the bounces, and sometimes you don't. The Sharks seemed to get all the bounces on Saturday night on Long Island, where they knocked off the host Islanders 3-2 in overtime. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns had a goal and an assist each, to extend the Sharks win streak to five games.

The biggest break of the evening, resulted in Burns game-winning goal in the overtime period. Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic was assessed a delay of game penalty 29 seconds into the extra period, when the puck he flipped out of play failed to catch any glass. At least that's what the on-ice officials believed, assessing Hamonic a 2-minute delay of game penalty in the extra session.

Playing a man down in overtime is typically a death sentence, because of the 4-on-4 configuration that the rules call for in extra time. The Sharks played executioner without a hitch, scoring 38 seconds into the penalty. Burns took a lateral feed from Dan Boyle between the top of the circles, took two strides before whipping a shot past Rick DiPietro, who was making the start in place of former Shark Evgeni Netminder.

The drama that would have existed with Nabokov in net was replaced with the events that unfolded in overtime, because Hamonic's infraction shouldn't have been called. Replays showed that the puck did in fact catch glass, which should have negated any penalty.

Burns converted and the Sharks moved to a perfect 5-for-5 on their current 6-game road trip.

The victory is one they'll take, especially since they didn't exactly come across as gang busters though the first 60 minutes of play. After claiming a 1st period lead, San Jose surrendered a pair of tallies in the 2nd period to surrender the lead. Logan Couture bailed them out with his 3rd goal of the year with 6:41 to play in regulation to setup Burns heroics.

It looked as if DiPietro was going to have a long night based on how things started. Steve Staois was called for cross checking 10 seconds into the game, setting up the first of four Shark power plays. San Jose took 7 seconds to convert on the power play, when Joe Pavelski put back a deflection to stake the Sharks to the 1-0 lead. Boyle sent a puck in from the right point, that Patrick Marleau defected on net. The puck clanked off the left post, but Pavelski was there to punch home his 7th goal of the season.

John Tavares tied things up with a put-back of his own on an Islanders power play 3:15 into the 2nd period after Jason Demers was sent off for hooking. Sharks netminder Thomas Greiss made a diving save on a P.A. Parenteau blast from the right point, but when he tried to sweep the puck to his side, he sent it back into the slot, where Tavares was lurking for his 7th of the season.

The power play continued to play a factor, helping the Islanders grab the lead 11:28 into the period. Pavelski was called for delay of game after hoisting a puck over the glass. Michael Grabner redirected a Kyle Okposo feed for his 3rd goal of the season. Frans Nielsen carried the puck into the zone before hitting Okposo on the right wing. The winger had the option of shooting, but elected to throw the puck to Grabner in the slot for the redirect past Greiss.

San Jose did little to threaten the Islanders, but a lucky bounce helped them tie the game in the 3rd period. Marc-Edouard Vlasic started the scoring sequence by firing a shot on net that DiPietro defelcted with his blocker. The puck kicked out to the right wing, where Burns gathered it and sent it back on goal. Burns shot hit Islanders captain Mark Streit and bounced right to Logan Couture in the slot. Couture buried it for his 3rd goal of the season.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 0 1 1 3
NYI 0 2 0 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 7 (Marleau, Boyle), 0:17, (pp).
2nd period - 2, NYI, Tavares 7 (Parenteau, Moulson), 3:15, (pp). 3, NYI, Grabner 3 (Okposo, Nielsen), 11:28, (pp).
3rd period - 4, SJ, Couture 3 (Burns, Vlasic), 13:19..
Overtime - 5, SJ, Burns 3 (Pavelski, Boyle), 1:07, (pp).
1st period - Staios, NYI (cross checking), 0:10; Boyle, SJ (hooking), 2:10; Bench, SJ (too many men), 6:48.
2nd period - Demers, SJ (hooking), 2:24; Pavelski, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 11:06.
3rd period - Staios, NYI (interference), 2:57; Okposo, NYI (elbowing), 16:33.
Overtime - Hamonic, NYI (delay of game - puck over glass), 0:29.
Shots Saves
SJ - Greiss 37 35
NYI - DiPietro 30 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 8 10 11 1 30
NYI 10 17 10 0 37
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 4
NYI 2 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
John Tavares
Brent Burns
Referees: Furlatt, Hasenfratz. Linesmen: Murray, MacPherson.
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