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Meier's overtime winner sweeps Philly
SJ overcome's 3rd period deficit to win at home
11/3/18 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks have struggled on home ice since returning on October 30th. After dropping their first two games back on home ice, San Jose had to battle back from a 3rd period deficit to take a 4-3 overtime decision of the Philadelphia Flyers at SAP Center on Saturday night. Joe Thornton scored the tying goal with 4:57 to play in regulation, then Timo Meier scored the game winner 13 seconds into the overtime period to help propel the Sharks.

Meier kept his hot hand slinging pucks past goaltender, but his game winner was a game saver. The Sharks forward was the benefactor of a Flyers turnover in their own zone with only one defender back to try and stop Meier and Logan Couture who gathered the turnover off the left wing boards before finding Meier.

Couture stripped the puck form Jakub Voracek before heading toward the Flyers goal. With only Shayn Gostisbehere back, Meier went wide right before taking a feed from Couture and whipping a shot on goal. Gostisbehere got the tip of his stick blade on the shot, which changed the direction of the shot enough to fool goaltender Calvin Pickard.

I was a big goal for a team that was in need of a big goal.

Nolan Patrick staked the Flyers to a 1-0 lead just 35 seconds into the game on a missed defensive assignment. The Patrick was on the back end of a pair of passes that started from Oskar Linberg, followed by a Travis Koneckny feed that crossed up Joe Pavelski, who failed to get back on a three man break. Patrick was the lead on the break, but he was left unattended by Marc-Edouard Vlasic. That allowed Patrick to walk in and slip a shot past Martin Jones for his 4th goal of the year.

Meier tied it up 3 minutes later with the first of his two goals on a tap in chance from the doorstep. Tomas Hertl skated out of the right corner and sent a pass to the front of the where Meier there for the perfect redirect on Flyers backup goaltender Calvin Pickard.

Jordan Weal helped Philadelphia reclaim the lead with 3:20 to play in the period, when he was left unattended in the slot. Wayne Simmonds skated out of the left corner and shoveled a pass to his linemate, who was all by his lonesome in the slot. Weal pivoted to face the net and whipped a shot eluded Jones for his 2nd goal of the season.

A Claude Giroux hooking penalty midway through the 2nd period allowed the Sharks to tie the game for a second time. Joe Pavelski slammed home a pretty cross ice pass from Kevin Labanc, who faked out Pickard by winding up for a would be shot from the right point. Labanc elected to send a 60 foot pass to Pavelski on the off wing for the captain's 6th goal of the season.

The Sharks were poised to carry the momentum into the 2nd intermission, but Peter DeBoer elected to pair Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns together. That essentially equates to an empty net these days, and the Flyers capitalized. Burns left Voracek to roam unguarded in the slot and Lindblom found him with a pass from behind the Sharks net. All Voracek needed to do was pick a corner as he snapped his 4th goal of the season past Jones with a goal at the 19:30 mark.

It was inexcusable allowing the go-ahead goal so late in the period, but San Jose has been in a tailspin on SAP ice during this current home stand.

Radko Gudas hauled down Marcus Sorensen at the start of the 3rd period to setup the third power play of the night for San Jose. The Sharks would not generate the offense required to make up the difference, but San Jose would get it later from an old friend.

Joe Thornton showed that he still has something left in the tank. The Sharks centerman snapped a Labanc feed past Pickard at 15:03 of the period to draw the Sharks even once again. Thornton skated up the left wing and sent a 25-foot shot over Pickard's left shoulder for his 1st goal of the year, and first in 10 months.

Game Notes:

* Christian Folin caught Tomas Hertl with a should hit to the Sharks forward's head early in the 2nnd period. Hertl was dazed as he skated off after a stoppage. No penalty was called on the play, but the reply clearly showed a hit to the head.

* Timo Meier's 11 goals in 14 games is a new Sharks record.

* The Flyers have never swept all three California teams on the road, and were one win away from doing just that. Timo Meier's goal prevented that from happening after the Flyers beat both the Ducks and Kings on their current West coast swing.

* Logan Couture finished the game with an assist on 5 shot and a +3 plus/minus

* Joe Pavelski, Evander Kane, Joonas Donskoi, and Brent Burns all finished with a -2 plus/minus.





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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
PHI 2 1 0 0 3
SJ 1 1 1 1 4
1st period - 1, PHI, Patrick 4 (Koneckny, Lindblom), 0:35. 2, SJ, Meier 10 (Hertl), 3:15. 3, SJ, Weal 2 (Simmonds, Weise), 16:40.
2nd period - 4, SJ, Pavelski 6 (Labanc, Burns), 10:35, (pp). 5, PHI, Voracek 4 (Lindblom, Provorov), 19:30.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Thornton 1 (Labanc), 15:03.
Overtime - 7, SJ, Meier 11 (Couture), 0:13.
Penalties
1st period - Konecny, PHI (slashing), 11:35; Meier, SJ (holding), 18:11.
2nd period - Karlsson, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 2:47; Giroux, PHI (hooking), 9:58.
3rd period - Gudas, PHI (tripping), 2:15; Bench, SJ (too many men), 8:44.
Overtime - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
PHI - Pickard 35 31
SJ - Jones 25 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
PHI 9 9 7 0 25
SJ 16 10 8 1 35
Power Play Conversion
PHI 0 of 3
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Timo Meier
Kevin Labanc
Joe Thornton
Attendance
SAP Center - 17,562
Officials
Referees: Skilliter, Hanson. Linesmen: Gawryletz, Mach.
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