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Game goes long on Long Island
Erik Karlsson helps Sharks to 3rd straight win
12/2/2021 - By Mike Lee

The New York Islanders played only their 5th home of the season on Thursday night, hosting the San Jose Sharks at the brand new UBS Arena on Long Island. Entering play they had lost 8 straight games, and were coming off a COVID contamination that forced the postponement of two games and shuttered their practice facility for four days. They finished the night with a 9 consecutive loss after Erik Karlsson scored in overtime to help propel the Sharks 2-1.

The Sharks won their third straight game, earning their 6th point on their current 5-game road trip. Karlsson converted 39 seconds into the overtime period after he and Timo Meier raced up the ice on a 2-on-1 break. Meier had a scoring chance turned aside by goaltender Ilya Sorokin, but Meier retained possession of the puck as he raced past the right post.

The winger pivoted from behind the end line and slid a pass to Karlsson in front of the Islanders net. The defenseman swept the puck into a wide open net for this 5th goal of the season and 3-0 record in overtime this season.

New York's issue this season has been scoring, which seemed like that may be temporarily addressed at the game's opening.

Adin Hill's playing time has been cut as of late because of his inconsistent play. He didn't do himself any favor by allowing the Islanders to score on their 1st shot of the game 1:04 into the contest. Matthew Barzal ripped a shot from the right side on the fly, that found the top left corner. It was a shot that Hill should have made, but instead it put his team in an instant hole.

The Islanders put the Sharks on the power play after getting caught with too many men on the ice. San Jose would capitalize when Nick Bonino tapped home the tail end of a series of passes that tic-tac-toe'd around the New York zone. Bonino's goal came right after the Islanders penalty expired, to the Sharks were not credited with a power play tally, but it was as Anders Lee had just stepped back on the ice after serving the penalty.

Jean-Gabriel Pageu had a scoring chance 7 minutes into the 2nd period, but his momentum carried him into Adin Hill, bulldozing the Sharks goaltender. The Sharks almost held the puck in the Islanders zone for the entire 2 minutes of the Pageau penalty, but could not get the puck past Sorokin.

San Jose would skate with the man advantage twice in the period, but failed to convert on either.

A scoring chance in the final minute of play, left the Sharks a hair from taking a lead in to the 2nd intermission, but Captain Logan Couture's chance pushed wide right of Sorokin.

The two teams traded 7 shots each in the 3rd period, but both goaltender's held firm. Sorokin finished the game with 33 saves. Hill countered with 24 saves.

Game Notes:

* Jonah Gadjovich took a shot off the inside of his left leg, then fell to the ice after trying to get up immediately after blocking a shot. He was down on the ice for several minutes and was helped off the ice without putting any weight on the leg. He did not return to the game.

* Radim Simek will likely take advantage of the Sharks aspirin supply after he absorbed a pair of big hits in the game. Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck wiped out the Sharks defensemen. The latter initiated a response from Simek's teammates who swarmed Clutterbuck after a whistle. The defensemen skipped a few shifts early in the 3rd period, although it's not clear if that was induced by the beating he took.

* The Sharks got a scare when Timo Meier left the game in the 3rd period after Adam Pelech extended a leg and caught the Sharks forward with a knee on knee hit. Meier skated off gingerly, but returned to the Sharks bench after a trip down the tunnel.

* The shot blocking machine, Mario Ferraro finished the game without recording a block. Jake Middleton led the Sharks with 5 blocks.

* Timo Meier recorded assists on both Shark goals. His first assist extended his scoring streak to 3 games. Meier has recorded points in 4 of his last 5 games and 7 of his last 10. He has failed to record a point in only 4 of the 18 games he's played in this season.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 0 0 1 2
NYI 1 0 0 0 1
1st period - 1, NYI, Barzal 5 (Green, Mayfield), 1:04. 2, SJ, Bonino 3 (Dahlen, Meier), 9:10.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - 3, SJ, Karlsson 5 (Meier, Couture), 0:39.
1st period - Bench, NYI (too many men), 7:09.
2nd period - Pageau, NYI (goaltender interference), 7:02; Parise, NYI (delay of game - puck over glass), 12:04.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Hill 25 24
NYI - Sorokin 35 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 12 15 7 1 35
NYI 9 8 7 1 25
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
NYI 0 of 0
3 Stars of the Game
Erik Karlsson
Nick Bonino
Ilya Sorokin
UBS Arena - 17,255
Referees: #36 Dean Morton, #30 Kendrick Nicholson. Linesmen: #77 Caleb Apperson #71, Brad Kovachik.

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