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Meier bails out Sharks in Anaheim
SJ wins in overtime after dominating game
10/28/18 - By Mike Lee -

San Jose wrapped up their 3-game road trip with a frustrating overtime win in Anaheim against their division rivals on Sunday night. Outplaying the Ducks for a majority of the game, the Sharks allowed Anaheim to stick around all night and eventually force overtime by surrendering the lead in the 3rd period. Timo Meier was the Sharks savior, scoring the game winner in overtime. The Sharks forward finished the game with a pair of goals, an assist and a +4 night.

Meier could have easily been credited with a hat trick to go along with his stellar night, but a goal was overturned earlier in the contest on an off side call. He still managed to be a one-man wrecking ball against an injury depleted Ducks lineup.

Like a St Bernard, Meier rescued the Sharks who were fading after man-handling the Ducks for most of the night. The Ducks survived an onslaught of shots, thanks to netminder John Gibson who finished the evening with 45 saves, but he couldn't stop Meier.

Joonas Donskoi fed Meier the puck during the 3-on-3 overtime right in front of the net. Meier whacked at the puck but Gibson turned it aside. The Sharks forward managed to slide back over to the right side of the slot, where Donskoi tried to get a stick on it, but a trio of Ducks defenders tied up the situation. Gibson tried to sweep the puck out of harms way, but ended up putting it right on Meier's stick for the game winner.

San Jose should have put the game out of reach in regulation, but it was a lack of detail that prevented a regulation victory.

The Sharks jumped on the scoreboard early, when Logan Couture whipped home a shot form the bottom of the left circle 2:34 into the game. With the attention focused on the right side of the ice, Brent Burns found Couture unattended on the off wing, setting up the Shark forward's 6th goal of the season. Ducks goaltender John Gibson was caught covering the right post, leaving the entire left half of the Anaheim goal exposed.

The defensive coverage by San Jose lapsed less than two minutes later when Josh Manson slipped a puck past Martin Jones.

Rourke Chartier put the Sharks back on top 2:13 into the 2nd period with his first NHL goal. Tomas Hertl put one of 15 shots on Gibson with a blind pirouette that kicked off the Duck goaltender's leg pad out to the front of the net. Chartier gathered the puck with his back to the net and did his own 180 spin to his right, whipping the puck between Gibson's right leg and the left post.

Meier made it a 3-1 game with his 7th goal of the season less than 2 minutes after Chartier's goal. Couture carried the puck up the left wing before setting up a one-time chance by Meier who skated even with him. The sharks forwarded unloaded a shot from the high slot, even with the goal, clipping Gibson in the left leg pad. That pad wasn't enough to prevent the shot from working across the goal line.

San Jose appeared to take a 4-1 lead with just under 7 minutes left in the period after Meier put a deflection past Gibson from in tight, but Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle challenged the play for offside. Video relay showed that Meier lifted a skate that was in the neutral zone as the puck entered the zone, but because it was not in contact with playing surface, his other skate put him offside.

The overturned goal became even more relevant when Pontus Aberg found a seam between Jones and the left post with 3:01 left in the period. The chest high shot turned into Aberg's 1st goal of the season. That made what would have been a 4-1 game, a 3-2 game.

Aberg tied the game 8:36 into the 3rd period after he stick-handled in on net form the right side then put a pair of direction change moves on Joakim Ryan before sweeping the puck home. Ryan looked like a pee wee player unsure at a magic show, unaware of Aberg's slight of hand.

San Jose never let Anaheim challenge Jones in the overtime period. The Sharks controlled the puck the full 2:12 of the extra session, throwing 5 shots at Gibson. Meier's magic sealed things for San Jose, who return home for the first time since October 20th.

Game Notes:

* Tomas Hertl made his return to the ice after missing all of the 3rd period in Carolina for an undisclosed injury.

* Rourke Chartier became the 2nd Sharks to score their 1st NHL goal in as many games. Antti Suomela bagged his first NHL tally on Friday night in Carolina.

* Erik Karlsson played one of his better games as a Shark. The defenseman was solid defensively all night and led the overtime period by quarterbacking the first trio. He finished the game with a an assist on 7 shots and was a +2 plus/minus.

* Logan Couture quietly had a goal and an assist.

* Ducks forward Pontus Aberg was a waiver dumpster claim for the Ducks, who are suffering from a slew of injuries. Anaheim has seven players on the injured reserve, including Corey Perry, who will not return for several months while recovering from knee surgery.



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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 2 0 1 4
ANA 1 1 1 0 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Couture 6 (Burns, Hertl), 2:34. 2, ANA, Manson 1 (Getzlaf, Henrique), 4:16.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Chartier 1 (Hertl, Meier), 2:13. 4, SJ, Meier 7 (Couture, Karlsson), 4:10. 5, ANA, Aberg 1 (Getzlaf, Welinski), 16:59.
3rd period - 6, Aberg 2 (unassisted), 8:36.
Overtime - 7, SJ, Meier 8 (Donskoi), 2:14.
Penalties
1st period - Manson, ANA (cross checking), 19:06.
2nd period - Sorensen, SJ (fighting major), 10:54; Blandisi, ANA (fighting major), 10:54.
3rd period - Pavelski, SJ (high sticking), 4:02; Montour, ANA (hooking), 9:34.
Overtime - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 30 27
ANA - Gibson 49 45
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 19 15 10 5 49
ANA 8 9 13 0 30
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
ANA 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Timo Meier
Pontus Aberg
Ryan Getzlaf
Attendance
Honda Center - 17,099
Officials
Referees: O'Halloran, Sutherland. Linesmen: Nansen, Smith.
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