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Burns bails out Sharks with OT winner
Sharks return to work after short Xmas break
12/27/16 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks extended their Pacific Division lead by beating a division foe on Tuesday night, as the league restarted things following the Christmas Break. San Jose trekked to Southern California for a brief one-game roadtrip, knocking off the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on an overtime goal by defenseman Brent Burns. The Ducks deserved the 2 points, but the Sharks aren't going to complain with the outcome, after they managed a way to pull out the victory.

Burns channeled his inner Bobby Orr in the overtime period, taking a Joe Pavelski feed in the slot and crashing the net and deeking goaltender John Gibson with a nasty move before sliding the puck into the net. The big defenseman decided to go to the net as Joe Thornton had things sealed on the left side, and Pavelski placed the puck perfectly as the Ducks missed coverage on the Burns.

The finish was a 180 degree about face from the Sharks performance in the 3rd period, which saw them on their heels for the majority of the frame. San Jose positioned things in the right direction early in the game, which allowed them to withstand the Ducks late push.

Paul Martin scored his 3rd goal of the season, matching his output from last season, by depositing a shot from the left wing boards 6:30 into the opening period. Martin had the luxury of shooting at a wide open net, because Ducks goaltender John Gibson was wiped out of the play when Logan Couture was checked into him by a Ducks defender. Couture was cutting across the top of the crease when Mikkel Boedker tried making a feed to the goal mouth from the right wing. Couture missed the puck, but it skipped to the far side of the ice, where Martin was positioned for the deposit.

The Sharks had a pair of power play chances to kick off the 2nd period, but as has been the case for much of the month, San Jose's special teams has been non-existent.

The Ducks went on the man-advantage 5:55 into the period after Kevin Labanc slashed Kevin Bieksa. The Ducks didn't score, but they began to build on some momentum. That momentum materialized at 8:22 of the period when Ondrej Kase swept a backhand attempt from outside the right post past a fallen Martin Jones to tie the game at 1-1. The Ducks had worked the puck in tight, forcing Jones to drop to his pads to defend against the scrum in front of him. Kase gathered a deflection and sent a blind backhand across the goal line for his 2nd career NHL goal.

Melker Karlsson helped San Jose regain the lead 6 minutes later on a strange play. Joel Ward carried the puck into the Ducks zone along the right wing boards, before trying to feather the puck to a spot in front of Karlsson who was cutting down the slot. The puck hit the shaft of Karlsson's stick after the forward tried stabbing at it. By virtue of Karlsson clipping the stick, the puck changed it's trajectory, hitting the ice and bouncing under Gibson's right arm pit and into the Ducks goal.

The Sharks decided to try and hang on for dear life in the 3rd period, which was all Ducks. The only thing that impeded the Ducks comeback was a high sticking penalty on Andrew Cogliano, who nicked Patrick Marleau with an errant stick blade midway through the period.

After swarming Jones and the front of the Sharks net for the majority of the period, Jakob Silfverberg redirected a Ryan Kesler feed into the San Jose goal. Silfverberg and Cogliano entered the Sharks zone flanking each other, then dropped the puck back to Kelser who trailed on the play. Silfverberg floated to the outside of the right post, positioning himself perfectly for the 45 degree redirect that caught Jones on the inside of the right pad then into the net.

Game Notes:

* Davis Schlemko was scratched for a 4th straight game, which has led to much speculation. Schlemko isn't hurt, and his comments last week suggested that he's likely in Peter DeBoer's dog house.

* The Sharks faceoff woes were magnified in the 3rd period then the Ducks won 13 consecutive faceoffs during at one point in the 20 minute span.

* Micheal Haley and Jared Boll dropped the gloves in the 1st period after Boll laid a hit on Timo Meier behind the Ducks net. It was a spirited bout, but neither could be declared winner.

* Every Sharks skater recorded a shot on goal, with the exception of Mikkel Boedker and Justin Braun. That was a remarkable stat considering the Sharks only had 25 total shots in the game. Meier led the Sharks with 4 shots in the game.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 1 0 1 3
ANA 0 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Martin 3 (Couture, Boedker), 6:30.
2nd period - 2, ANA, Kase 2 (Ritchie, Vermette), 8:22. 3, SJ, Karlsson 4 (Ward, Burns), 14:18.
3rd period - 4, ANA, Silfverberg 10 (Kesler), 13:35.
Overtime - 5, SJ, Burns 14 (Pavelski, Thornton), 2:46.
1st period - Haley, SJ (fighting major), 8:49; Boll, ANA (fighting major), 8:49; Silvferberg, ANA (hooking), 19:54.
2nd period - Theodore, ANA (cross checking), 3:52; Labanc, SJ (slashing), 5:55; Lindholm, ANA (hooking), 17:02.
3rd period - Cogliano, ANA (high sticking), 10:24.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 36 34
ANA - Gibson 25 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 6 9 9 1 25
ANA 14 12 10 0 36
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 4
ANA 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Jakob Silfverberg
Joe Thornton
Martin Jones
Honda Center - 17,403
Referees: StPierre, Chmielewski. Linesmen: Wheler, Murchison.
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