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Old man Marleau bails out the Sharks
SJ's senior statesman bags OT winner in LA
11/25/19 - By Mike Lee -

By lacing up the skates on Monday night, Patrick Marleau became the all-time leader as an opponent vs the Los Angeles Kings, Arizona Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks. By jumping on the ice in the overtime, Marleau scored his 42nd career goal against the Kings, helping the Sharks survive a wild comeback by Los Angeles. After taking a 3-0 lead, San Jose let Los Angeles sneak back into the game, forcing the overtime. Marleau ended things with his 5th goal of the season on a shot from just outside the left post to give the Sharks a 4-3 win, their third consecutive overtime win.

The Sharks had just killed off a penalty to start the extra period, but when Kevin Labanc carried the puck up ice, his shot attempt trickled off his stick enough to draw Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick out of his net to try and poke the puck clear of the danger zone. That attempt failed, and when Marleau swooped in on the follow up, the Sharks winger whipped the puck, hitting the top of the net to propel San Jose.

It was Marleau's 14th career goal against Quick, which tied a personal mark that he also holds against John-Sebastien Giguere. The regular season overtime tally was the 11th of Marleau's career.

Erik Karlsson staked the Sharks to the 1-0 lead 5:03 into the contest when he snapped a wrist shot from just inside the right circle, catching the top right corner of the net. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick tried to glove the shot, but it was up over his left shoulder. The Sharks were beneficiaries of a Kings turnover in the neutral zone, which allowed the Sharks to attack.

The two teams traded penalties early in the 2nd period, then the Sharks went to work. Timo Meier made it a 2-0 game at 6:19 of the period when he finished a multi-pass sequence as the Sharks skated up ice 3-on-2. Erik Karlsson hit Kevin Labanc on the left wing, who promptly sent it through the slot to Meier on the right wing for the snipe past Quick from between the circles.

Meier added his 8th goal of the season just over 2 minutes later, when he slammed home a Brendan Dillon pass from the right wing. Dillon skated the puck to the left dot before moving it through the skates of a Kings defender to Meier, who was cutting behind the right post.

Adrian Kempe gave the Kings life late in the period when he worked a give-and-go out of the right corner with Blake Lizotte, taking a feed from the end boards and lifting a shot past a screened Martin Jones. The goal was Kempe's 3rd of the season.

Things got interesting 8:31 into the 3rd period when Sharks nemesis Dustin Brown chipped a puck over Jones left leg pad after Aaron Iafallo sent a pass back door to the right post.

Penalties played a big role in the game. San Jose took 5 minor penalties in the game, including a Marcus Sorensen interference call at 10:50 of the period.

The Kings tied it up at 12:52 right after the Sorensen penalty expired when Anze Kopitar pumped home a chance from the right side after Kempe pumped a shot on goal from the left dot. Iafallo tipped Kempe's shot into Jones leg pad, but the puck kicked out to Kopitar, who was cutting toward the net. .

The Kings received the assist of the game from the on-ice officials who called a questionable too many men penalty with 64 seconds left in regulation. The Sharks killed the first part of the penalty in regulation, but the Kings carried an additional 56 seconds of 4-on-3 power play time as the overtime started. San Jose kept the puck away from the Kings in that brief minute, extending their life in the extra frame.

Los Angeles inability to cash in on the 4-on-3 cost them when Marleau converted 2 minutes later. Jones finished the game with 33 saves.

Game Notes:

* Defenseman Erik Karlsson was hit in the side of his right knee with a slapshot in the 3rd period. Karlsson continued in the game but it will be interesting to see if the injury creates any issue later.

* Tomas Hertl missed his 3rd consecutive game as he nurses his lower body injury.

* The Sharks scratched Lukas Radil and Noah Gregor. Tim Heed got a rare chance to play as head coach Peter DeBoer's ire shifted to his young forwards.

* San Jose has now won 9 of their last 10 games, yet they still only sit 1 game over .500, which shows just how bad the month of October was. San Jose has used their home-favorable scheduled in November.

* The Sharks are now tied for the NHL lead in total short-handed chances for with 93. Not a stat you want to lead.



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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 2 0 1 4
LA 0 1 2 0 3
1st period - 1, SJ, E. Karlsson 3 (Couture, Kane), 5:03.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Meier 7 (Labanc, E. Karlsson), 6:19. 3, SJ, Meier 8 (Dillon, Labanc), 8:45. 4, LA, Kempe 3 (Lizotte, Wagner), 18:59.
3rd period - 5, LA, Brown 5 (Iafallo, Kopitar), 8:31. 6, LA, Kopitar 10 (Iafallo, Kempe), 12:52.
Overtime - 7, SJ, Marleau 5 (Labanc), 2:35.
Penalties
1st period - Bench, LA (too many men), 7:31; Simek, SJ (hooking), 17:54.
2nd period - Doughty, LA (slashing), 0:51; Dillon, SK (tripping), 3:38; Gambrell, SJ (hooking), 13:46.
3rd period - Sorensen, SJ (interference), 10:50; Bench, SJ (too many men), 18:56.
Overtime - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 36 33
LA - Quick 25 21
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 8 10 6 1 25
LA 11 9 16 0 36
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
LA 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Adrian Kempe
Anze Kopitar
Attendance
Staples Center - 16,927
Officials
Referees: L'Ecuyer, McCauley. Linesmen: Tobias, Pancich.
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