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More Marleau Magic
Sharks overcome 3rd period deficit in Winnipeg
1/24/17 - By Mike Lee -

The NHL schedule makers weren't too kind to the Sharks on Tuesday night. Having played in Colorado 24 hours earlier, the Sharks were forced to fly to Winnipeg and square off against the Jets in a game that turned out to be a hum-dinger. The Sharks had to overcome a 3rd period deficit against a team that was eager to exact some revenge after falling to San Jose in California last week. San Jose scored a pair of 3rd period goals, then let Aaron Dell hold off the Jets in a 4-3 win at MTS Center in Saskatchewan.

A wild 3rd period was also mired in what Winnipeg fans will call controversy, and Sharks fans will refer to as solid officiating.

With the Sharks trailing 3-2, Melker Karlsson won a foot race to a puck that was led up ice while the Sharks were killing a penalty, and was awarded a penalty shot after he beat Jacob Trouba to the puck in front of the Jets goal and was hooked on the play.

The 15,294 paid were not enthused by the penalty shot call, and Karlsson stirred the hornets nest even more when he converted on the 1-on-1 chance, beating Ondrej Pavelec with a shot that sailed pas the netminder's left bicep.

San Jose took at 4-3 lead with 4:33 to play when Patrick Marleau scored from the left side after Ryan Carpenter set him up with a pass out of the right corner. Marleau's one-goal night was a far cry from his 4-goal night in Denver the night before, but once again, he was responsible for scoring the game winner. Carpenter did his best Joe Thornton impersonation by drawing a pair of defenders toward him before sending a saucer pass to Marleau's tape.

The Jets faithful may have burst a blood vessel as time was winding down after Dustin Byfuglien appeared to force a puck across the goal line with a would be tying score. Referee immediately waived off the goal, citing goaltender interference. Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell covered the puck with both of his pads, before Byfuglien lifted Dell's legs with his stick and pushing the puck into the goal.

The play went to replay in what referee Kevin Pollack described as a "replay room challenge." It wasn't clear who challenged the play, but the review confirmed Lee's original call of no goal.

The crowd erupted in chants, voicing their displeasure with the officials, but the 4-3 score stood, giving the Sharks their 6th straight win.

San Jose opened the game's scoring 3:59 into the game after the Jets Nic Petan was called for holding and then Winnipeg was whistled for too many men. Brent Burns took advantage of the absence of Jets jerseys on the ice, by ripping a shot from the high slot for his 21st goal of the season.

Bryan Little scored the first of his two goals 4 minutes later after Josh Morrissey sprung his teammate with a long pass to the Sharks blueline. Little slipped past Joel Ward, then beat Dell with a move to his left.

Logan Couture gave San Jose a 2-1 lead just 27 seconds into the 2nd period by sending a one-time chance past Pavelec from the same spot as Marleau's game winner. Mikkel Boedker fought off a check along the right wing boards, then sent a pass through the slot to Couture on the left side.

Andrew Copp re-tied the game with 1:59 left in the 2nd period after the Jets gained the Sharks zone. Copp took a drop pass from Blake Wheeler befor eripping a shot from the right dot that beat Dell over the left shoulder.

Little gave the jets their first lead of the night 4 minutes into the 3rd period. The Jets forward gathered a deflection off a Morrissey shot in the slot and snapped a shot from 15 feet out for his 12th goal of the season.

The Jets looked as if they had fully turned the tables on San Jose with the Little goal. The goal added a jump to their step and a tripping penalty to Kevin Labanc looked as if it could make a comeback even tougher if the jets converted on the power play.

Karlsson worked his magic, and the Sharks grabbed the two points which vaulted them to the Pacific Division lead.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks were short a forward after Tommy Wingels was traded earlier in the day. Wingels was sent to Ottawa in return for two farm hands and a 7th round pick.

* Paul Martin had a rough night, being on the ice for the last two Jets goals.

* San Jose continues to struggle in the faceoff circle. The Sharks won 38 % of draws on Tuesday night. Joe Pavelski was 2-of-9, Logan Couture was 6-of-18, and Joel Ward was 3-of-9.

* The Sharks return home for a quick two game homestand which will be split by the NHL ALl Star game.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 2 4
WPG 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Burns 21 (Couture, Thornton), 3:59, (pp). 2, WPG, Little 11 (Morrissey, Byfuglien), 8:02.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Couture 16 (Boedker, Vlasic), 0:27. 4, WPG, Copp 7 (Wheeler, Byfuglien), 18:01.
3rd period - 5, WPG, Little 12 (Morrissey, Laine), 4:00. 6, SJ, Karlsson 6 (penalty shot), 9:37, (sh). 7, SJ, Marleau 17 (Carpenter, Dillon), 15:27.
Penalties
1st period - Petan, WPG (holding), 2:30; Bench, WPG (too many men), 3:06; Karlsson, SJ (hooking), 14:46.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Labanc, SJ (tripping), 8:09; Trouba, WPG (slashing - penalty shot), 9:37.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 34 31
WPG - Pavelec 26 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 7 11 26
WPG 9 10 15 34
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 2
WPG 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Bryan Little
Logan Couture
Josh Morrissey
Attendance
MTS Centre - 15,294
Officials
Referees: Pollock, Lee. Linesmen: Kovachik, Cameron.
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