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Pavelski stuns Winnipeg with late goal
Sharks outlast the Jets 5-4 in epic style
3/12/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks didn't have time to react. After beating the Minnesota Wild less than 24 hours earlier in overtime, San Jose was forced to play in Winnipeg on tired road weary legs. It didn't seem like it. Especially in the last 10 seconds of the game, when Timo Meier and Joe Pavelski raced up ice on a 2-on-1 break. Meier carried the puck up the left wing before feathering a pass to his captain on the opposite side. Pavelski collected Meier's pass and lifted it past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck with 4 seconds left in regulation, knocking off the Jets 5-4 at Bell MTS Center.

Like a gut punch, the Winnipeg crowd let out a collective gasp as their team squandered a late comeback by allowing old man Pavelski beat their defense up ice and deposit a puck past their goaltender with no time to respond.

It was a painful way to lose, and an incredible way to win. The Sharks could have packed it in on several occasions, but they found a way to outlast their hosts. Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic had himself a game. After scoring a goal earlier in the game, Vlasic chipped the puck out of the Sharks zone that sprung Meier for the game winner.

Vlasic opened a lively 1st period with his 2nd goal of the season 8:05 into the game. The Sharks defenseman sent a shot attempt in on net from the blueline that Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck knocked down, but the rebound kicked out to the slot where Vlasic was pinching. Vlasic gathered it and shot the puck through Hellebuyck for the 1-0 lead.

Winnipeg responded 32 seconds later when Andrew Copp deflected a Ben Chiarot shot over goaltender Aaron Dell's right shoulder. Chiarot fired the puck from the blueline on the right side, before Copp's waist high stick blade forced the puck to lift.

Bryan Little made it a 2-1 Jets lead 33 seconds later when he bounced a long shot off defenseman Justin Braun's shin pad for his 15th goal of the season. The Jets defenseman gathered a Sharks clearing attempt at the right point, before whipping it to the slot. Braun was trying to maintain position on Tyler Myers when his shin pad redirected the puck past Dell.

Gustav Nyquist finally made his presence felt toward the end of the period. Tomas Hertl created a scoring opportunity by skating up the slot with the puck, drawing in two Jets defenders. Hertl dropped the puck to a trailing Nyquist, who put a backhand chance past Hellebuyck for his 18th goal of the season.

A Brent Burns interference penalty at the end of the period carried over to the start of the 2nd. Kyle Connor converted 45 seconds into the period on the power play by lifting a backhand chance from just outside the left post.

Nyquist was Johnny-on-the-spot midway through the period to help the Sharks re-tie the game at 3-3. Vlasic pumped a rebound on net from the high slot, and Nyquist was able to get the shaft of this stick in the way of the shot, deflecting it past Hellebuyck for his second tally of the game.

Marcus Sorensen gave the Sharks the 4-3 lead 2 minutes into the 3rd period with his 16th tally of the season. Brent Burns fired a shot from the right point that deflected behind the Winnipeg net. Joe Thornton chased down that puck then cut back toward the right post and fed Sorensen out front for a one-time chance from in tight. Hellebuyck recognized the pass a split second too late, as he tried to move to his right to cutoff the shot.

The Sharks came within 3:38 of letting the 4-3 lead stand, but Mathieu Perreault changed things with a late game. True to just about every other goal scored in the game, Perreault deflected a Myes shot from the right point. Perreault sat in the high slot, and his stick blade created a small arch on the puck that landed a foot in front of the Dell. It hit the ice and fluttered between Dell's pads.

The Sharks would dig deep late, capitalizing on Pavelski's heroics late to extend the win streak to 6 games.

Game Notes:

* Radim Simek was injured midway through the 1st period, which left the Sharks with 5 defensemen to close out the next 50 minutes.

* Blake Wheeler was injured with 8 minutes left in regulation, but returned with a minute left in regulation. Wheeler appeared to sustain a head injury and was woozy when he left the ice, but he apparently passed the league's concussion protocol.

* Joe Thornton passed Stan Makita on the NHL's all-time scoring list with 2 assists in the game. Thornton now has 1,469 career points. Paul Coffey is next in line in 13th position with 1,531 points. Thornton also tied Jerome Iginla with 1,554 regular season games played.

* Gustav Nyquist's two goals gave him 13 career multi-goal games.

* Nine Sharks players recorded points in the game, and four had multi-point games.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 2 5
WPG 2 1 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Vlasic 2 (Thornton, Sorensen), 8:05. 2, WPG Copp 10 (Chiarot, Perreault), 8:37. 3, WPG, Little 15 (unassisted), 9:10. 4, SJ, Nyquist 18 (Hertl, Donskoi), 16:04.
2nd period - 5, WPG, Connor 27 (Laine, Wheeler), 0:45, (pp). 6, SJ, Nyquit 19 (Vlasic), 10:33.
3rd period - 7, SJ, Sorensen 16 (Thornton, Labanc), 2:00. 8, WPG, Perreault 13 (Myers, Tanev), 16:22. 9, Pavelski 37 (Meier), 19:55.
1st period - Burns, SJ (interference), 18:59.
2nd period - Little, WPG (holding), 10:48.
3rd period - Nyquist, SJ (hooking), 4:20; Myers, SJ (roughing), 11:44.
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 25 21
WPG - Hellebuyck 36 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 12 13 11 36
WPG 10 11 4 25
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
WPG 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Gustav Nyquist
Matthieu Perreault
Marc-EDouard Vlasic
Bell MTS Place - 15,321
Referees: Dwyer, Rooney. Linesmen: Barton, Cherrey.
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