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Pavelski helps SJ win third straight in OT
Sharks start trip with come from behind victory
2/5/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks kicked off their 4-game road trip on Tuesday night with a stop in Winnipeg, where temps were sub zero. San Jose overcame a Winnipeg Jets team that boasted the best home record in the NHL, with a Joe Pavelski goal in overtime. The Sharks came back from a 3rd period deficit, then scored the game winner while short-handed.

Winnipeg entered play with a 20-6-2 record on home ice. San Jose's mediocre 12-12-3 road record did not leave any room for error. Committing a penalty in the overtime period, a too many men infraction, made he task that much harder, but Pavelski delivered.

The Sharks were skating 3-on-4 when Brent Burns chipped a puck past Patrick Laine along the right wing boards. Burns raced up ice with one Jets defender back, but he held onto the puck as long as he could before whipping a pass to Pavelski on the left wing.

The Sharks captain received Burns pass then put a shot over Connor Hellebuyck's left shoulder 2:49 into the extra session. It was the third shot that San Jose put past Hellebuyck, who made 35 saves in the game. The goal was Pavelski's 29th of the season, and it gave San Jose it's third consecutive overtime win.

San Jose had to battle back from a pair of deficits. Winnipeg grabbed the early 1-0 lead 3:08 into the game when Blake Wheeler sent a shot between defenseman Justin Braun's skates from the left dot. Braun screened goaltender Martin Jones from seeing the shot as it sailed past his left shoulder.

Rather than fold to the Jets pressure, the Sharks buckled down and tied the game midway through the period when Logan Couture bagged his 20th goal of the season. With Jacob Trouba in the box for tripping Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc ripped a shot from the left circle. His shot caught Josh Morrissey in the ankle, dropping the defensemen. The puck kicked out to Couture in the high slot for a second attempt that found a seam and beat Hellebuyck.

The 2nd period started precariously for San Jose. A turnover on a breakout attempt landed in the Sharks goal when Mathieu Perreault poked home a turnover from the slot. Joonas Donskoi had a chance to grab the puck as it slipped out to the front of the net, but chose to reach for it, rather than move his feet. Perrault beat him to the puck, and put the Jets up 2-1.

Winnipeg appeared to take a 3-1 lead on the power play after former Jets forward Evender Kane was sent off for tripping. The Sharks challenged the play, citing offside, which was confirmed by video review.

Winnipeg out-shot San Jose 15-6 in that middle period, but the Sharks held off a surging Jets offense.

That turned out to be the key to the game. By holding Winnipeg off the board, it allowed Marcus Sorensen to tie the game 2:36 into the 3rd period. The Sharks forward gathered a rebound from outside the left post and slipped his 11th goal of the season past Hellebuyck.

San Jose seemed destined cough up the lead in the last half of the period by taking three penalties. The last was a delay of game penalty on defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic with 1:35 left in regulation.

San Jose's penalty kill stopped all five chances, including the too many men infraction in overtime when Pavelski ended things with his game winner.

Game Notes:

* Josh Morrissey returned to start the 2nd period taking Kevin Labanc's shot off the ankle, but he lasted half a shift before calling it a night.

* Evander Kane was repeatedly boo'd by the Jets crowd every time he touched the puck. The Winnipeg faithful knows how to hold on to a grudge, as Kane last played in Manitoba in 2015.

* Joe Pavelski led all skaters with 7 shots in the game. He finished with a goal and an assist.

* While the Bay Area mountain tops received an unusual dusting of snow on Tuesday morning, temperatures in Winnipeg dropped to -5F/-21C.

* Sharks killer Dustin Byfuglien did not play as he nurses a lower body injury sustained in late December. The defenseman missed his 15th straight game, although he did practice on Monday with the team. Erik Karlsson did not play for San Jose.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 0 1 1 3
WPG 1 1 0 0 2
1st period - 1, WPG, Wheeler 11 (Morrissey, Trouba), 3:08. 2, SJ, Couture 20 (Pavelski, Labanc), 10:54, (pp).
2nd period - 3, WPG, Perreault 11 (Myers, Tanev), 0:52.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Sorensen 11 (unassisted), 2:35.
Overtime - 5, SJ, Pavelski 29 (Burns), 2:49, (sh).
1st period - Trouba, WPG (tripping), 10:41; Myers, WPG (holding), 16:12.
2nd period - Kane, SJ (tripping), 8:13; Meier, SJ (tripping), 15:10.
3rd period - Hertl, SJ (goaltender interference), 7:56; Meier, SK (embellishment), 11:51; Perreault, WPG (interference), 11:51; Trouba, WPG (holding), 13:34; Vlasic, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 18:25.
Overtime - Bench, SJ (too many men), 1:20.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 27 25
WPG - Hellebuyck 38 35
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 14 6 16 2 38
WPG 5 15 6 1 27
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
WPG 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Connor Hellebuyck
Blake Wheeler
Logan Couture
Bell MTS Place - 15,321
Referees: Sutherland, O'Rourke. Linesmen: Kovachik, Pancich.
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