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Sharks knock off Red Wings on Couture's OT winner
1/11/2022 - By Mike Lee

Exactly a week ago, the Sharks took a gut punch from the Detroit Red Wings. On Tuesday night, the Sharks exacted a little revenge by scoring in overtime to help the California teams sweep the Red Wings on their current California swing. Logan Couture swept home the game winner in an odd sequence that took a video review to confirm.

Tied 2-2 in the extra frame, the Sharks carried the puck into the Detroit zone before Brent Burns tried throwing it to the front of the net from the left side. The puck hit goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic in the skate, then sat perched near the goal line. Nedeljkovic found the puck at the last second and tried glowing it as he dove back into the crease.

Couture was laying on his backside outside the right post and was able to get his stick on the puck just as Nedeljkovic tried to cover it. The goal immediately went to review, but it wasn't clear what was being reviewed.

Couture clearly hit the puck with his stick, but a Red Wings fan had thrown an octopus on the ice before the Sharks carried the puck into the Detroit zone. It was clarified that the NHL office in Toronto was looking to see if Jonathan Dahlen was offside. That was negated and the goal stood.

The Sharks have struggled to draw penalties this season, but the Red Wings obliged with a pair of cross checking infractions that setup power play chances for San Jose. The Sharks misfired on the first chance, but would not be denied on their second man advantage.

Timo Meier converted after a Robby Fabbri penalty, scoring on a slam dunk chance at 14:24. Jonathan Dahlen drove the puck deep, skating it up the right side. Drawing a pair of defenders to him, Dahlen slid the puck across the top of the crease to Meier on the left for the no doubter. It was Meier's 15th goal of the season.

A Sam Gagner tripping penalty at 11:58 of the 2nd period went squandered by the Sharks, who would only generate a pair of shots on the chance.

The penalty bug bit the Sharks late in the period and it cost them. Mario Ferraro was whistled for holding at 17:39, then Tomas Hertl tripped goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic as he tried to pick the puck out of the netminder's skates 20 seconds later to setup a lengthy 5-on-3 for the Red Rings.

Tyler Bertuzzi converted just before Ferraro's penalty expired by redirecting a Filip Hronek shot from the high slot. Bertuzzi was parked on the left post and easily altered the flight of the puck, slipping it past Adin Hill with 22 seconds left in the period.

Adin Hill's knock has been his mental lapses from time to time. That was in full effect 1:48 into the 3rd period when he whiffed on a harmless shot from Nick Leddy from teh blueline that eluded the Sharks netminder. Sharks and Red Wings skaters were all entering the sharks zone when Leddy released his shot, so it was unscreened and not a difficult puck to handle. The goal was Leddy's 1st of the season.

The Sharks got the goal back 90 seconds later when Jeffrey Viel went hard to the net and was upended by defenseman Mortiz Seider. The Sharks rookie was able to get his stick on the puck forcing it toward Nedelkjovic, but then it was difficult to determine what happened. The puck ended up in the Red Wings net and referee Jake Brenk signaled good goal.

Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill elected not to challenge the goal because Viel was pushed from behind, and he risked taking a penalty if the challenge failed.

San Jose did a great job to maintain the puck in the offensive zone late, which setup several scoring chances. Meier missed on a golden chance to take the lead with 3 minutes left in regulation when his shot attempt clanked off the right post.

Game Notes:

* Rookie forward Adam Raska made his NHL debut for San Jose. Raska skated 9 shifts for 6:24 of ice time and recorded 3 hits in the game.

* Jeffrey Viel dropped the gloves 5 minutes into the contest with Givani Smith, which was likely in response to Smith's hit on Jake Middleton last week in Detroit. Middleton suffered a concussion on the hit and has sidelined since then.

* Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider took a puck to the face early in the 2nd period on a clearing attempt by a Sharks player. Seider would return to the game after a lengthy trip to the locker room for repairs.

* The Sharks had both Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson in the lineup. Couture and Lane Pederson were removed from the NHL's COVID protocol list. Karlsson was dinged up in Detroit and missed the last two games with an upper body issue.

* The SAP Center was littered with red jerseys on Tuesday. The announced attendance was only 10,489, but there were far fewer in the building.

* The NHLPA officially filed a grievance with the NHL over Evander Kane's contract termination. Stay tuned for lots of legal drama in this one.


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1 2 3 OT T
DET 0 1 1 0 2
SJ 1 0 1 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Meier 15 (Dahlen, Burns), 14:24, (pp).
2nd period - 2, DET, Bertuzzi 17 (Hronek, Seider), 19:38, (pp).
3rd period - 3, DET, Leddy 1 (Hronek, Bertuzzi), 1:48. 4, SJ, Viel 2 (Burns), 3:18.
Overtime - 5, SJ, Couture 13 (Burns, Dahlen), 1:00.
1st period - Smith, DET (fighting major), 5:39; Viel, SJ (fighting major), 5:39; Dahlen, SJ (hooking), 8:23; Staal, DET (cross checking), 11:11; Fabbri, DET (cross checking), 14:02.
2nd period - Gagner, DET (tripping), 11:58; Ferraro, SJ (holding), 17:39; Hertl, SJ (goaltender interference), 17:59.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
DET - Nedeljkovic 40 37
SJ - Hill 19 17
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
DET 6 6 6 1 19
SJ 12 14 13 1 40
Power Play Conversion
DET 1 of 3
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Alex Nedeljkovic
Logan Couture
SAP Center - 10,489
Referees: #37 Pierre Lambert, #26 Jake Brenk. Linesmen: #86 Jesse Marquis, #93 Kilian McNamara .

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