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Post All Star stretch kicks off with a W
Brent Burns bags overtime winner to repel Coyotes
2/2/19 - By Mike Lee -

With all the All Star hullabaloo in the rear view mirror, the Sharks returned to the ice as the unofficial second half of the NHL regular season kicked off on Saturday night. San Jose had to knock off some of the rust that accumulated during their 10 days off, but one of their All Stars used some nifty moves to bail out the Sharks. That All Star being Brent Burns, who scored an unbelievable goal in overtime to knock off the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 at SAP Center.

Burns tucked his defensive responsibilities into his back pocket and turned into Bobby Orr 3:14 into the extra period, scoring a highlight reel goal. The defenseman took a drop pass from Tomas Hertl as both skated out of the left corner, then he circled toward the net.

Burns was facing Coyotes winger Richard Panik, who stood between him and the Arizona goal. The defenseman deeked right, then cut left, working around Panik. Then Burns lifted the puck past goaltender Darcy Kuemper for his 10th goal of the season, sending the Sharks faithful home happy.

Those moves may not be in Burns repertoire if he's laying on a beach for the last 10 days like many of his teammates. The burly defenesman's soft touch in front of the net may have been an effect of him skating last weekend during the All Star festivities.

The rest of the San Jose roster certainly showed the cobwebs that had accumulated during the break. Both teams tried to kick start their respective games for the first 30 minutes of regulation.

Connor Garland finally cracked the blank score sheet midway through the 2nd period, when Christian Fischer forced a Tim Heed turnover just outside the right post as the Sharks defenseman tried to skate the puck out of the San Jose end. Garland grabbed the puck and floated across the slot from right to left then fired a shot under a diving Martin Jones.

Kevin Labanc tied it up less than 3 minutes later when he punched home a rebound off a Brent Burns blast. The Sharks winger was lurking near the right post when Burns put a hard shot on net form the high slot. Labanc sent the puck past Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper for his 6th goal of the season.

San Jose grabbed the lead 44 seconds later. Timo Meier found himself on a breakaway chance, but Kuemper stopped a shot from in tight. The puck trickled out to the front of the crease where Joe Pavelski swooped in and lifted a backhand shot over Kuemper's right leg pad for his 28th goal of the season.

Things got odd on the next shift when left wing Lawson Crouse appeared to score a goal, but it was waved off by referee Kyle Rehman. An officials review overturned Rehman's call citing that the net had not been dislodged before the puck crossed the goal line. The issue was that everyone in the arena saw Crouse run into Jones, which should have been an obvious goaltender interference infraction.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was forced to challenge the goal on the basis of goaltender interference. That was quickly verified, negating the goal, but the fact that San Jose was forced to challenge in the first place simply exposed the archaic processes imposed by the NHL.

Rehman and Brad Watson seemed to extend a consolation to Arizona by calling a pair of penalties on San Jose to close out the period.

San Jose made life difficult for themselves early in the 3rd period when Brent Burns took a high sticking penalty at 1:46. The Sharks looked as if they had generated a short-handed breakaway chance, but Evander Kane was ruled to have stepped on to the ice before another skater cleared it, forcing a too many men penalty.

That gave the Coyotes a 5-on-3 power play chance for 40 seconds. San Jose killed those 40 seconds, then Burns was on break after exiting the box. Kuemper stopped Burns, and was forced to defend yet another short-handed chance moments later.

The net net was no additional scoring, but it created a charge in the SAP crowd.

Josh Archibald would get a puck past Jones at 7:10 of the period after Radim Simek vacated the front of the Sharks net to purse Mario Kampe along the end boards. Joe Thornton was a bit flat-footed as Archibald slipped in between the circles and snapped a Kempe feed home for his 5th goal of the season.

Game Notes:

* With his 13th career overtime goal, Brent Burns tied Scott Niedermayer for most OT goals in NHL history by a defenseman

* Saturday night games in San Jose typically translate into a full house, but that wasn;t the case against Arizona. The Sharks announced the crowd at 17,227, which was short of the capacity 17,562 that the Tank holds. .

* Evander Kane had himself a game, flying all over the ice most of the evening. He tied Brent Burns with 8 shots on goal to lead all skaters. Clayton Keller led Arizona with 7 shots on goal.

* Defenseman Erik Karlsson missed his 4th straight game, but the Sharks received some relief with the return of fellow blueliner Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who had missed the last 10 games for San Jose.

* Sharks defenseman Brendan Dillon played in his 500th career NHL game.


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1 2 3 OT T
ARI 0 1 1 0 2
SJ 0 2 0 1 3
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, ARI, Garland 10 (unassisted), 9:56. 2, SJ, Labanc 6 (Burns, Sorensen), 12:09. 3, SJ, Pavelski 28 (Meier, Couture), 12:53.
3rd period - 4, ARI, Archibald 5 (Kempe, Crouse), 7:10.
Overtime - 5, SJ, Burns 10 (Hertl), 3:14.
1st period - Dillon, SJ (slashing), 3:53; Lyubushkin, ARI (holding), 7:30; Ekman-Larsson, ARI (interference), 19:55.
2nd period - Heed, SJ (holding), 15:16; Braun, SJ (holding), 18:47.
3rd period - Burns, SJ (high sticking), 1:46; Bench, SJ (too many men), 3:07.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
ARI - Kuemper 35 32
SJ - Jones 33 31
SJ - empty net
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
ARI 8 14 11 0 33
SJ 10 14 9 2 35
Power Play Conversion
ARI 0 of 5
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Darcy Kuemper
Kevin Labanc
SAP Center - 17,227
Referees: Rehman, Watson. Linesmen: Gibbons, Smith.
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