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Reimer's 44 saves helps Sharks snap streak
SJ wins for the first time in February
2/24/2022 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks entered play on Thursday night having lost 7 straight games. They played the New York Islanders like a team that had lost 7 straight, but James Reimer wouldn't allow it. The Sharks goaltender made 44 saves, then stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout to help San Jose scratch out a 4-3 victory at SAP Center.

Reimer had to play his best hockey in the 3rd period and overtime, when the Islanders pressed to out-shoot the Sharks 18-5 over the final 25 minutes. He did exactly that, shutting out New York over the last 28:10 of the game. His stops on Anthony Beauvillier, Mathew Barzal, and Brock Nelson in the shootout were simply clutch. Nelson opened the game's scoring by redirecting a Scott Mayfield shot 14:56 into the game. The Isles forward was fighting off a defender as he lurked in the low slot, then getting a stick on Mayfield's shot which originated from the right point.

The Sharks special teams actually made a significant difference in the opening period. San Jose killed a pair of minors early in the frame, then they capitalized on an Adam Pelach interference penalty.

Alexander Barabanov gathered a Brent Burns feed as he skated from the top of the left circle. The Russian winger snapped a shot that beat Ilya Sorokin for his 8th goal of the season.

The Sharks were rewarded for keeping things simple less than 2 minutes later when Jasper Weatherby ran out of options with the puck as he skated around the right wing boards. The Sharks forward had nobody to dish the puck to so he whipped it on net. That decision paid off when the puck eluded Sorokin as it traversed through traffic and found the back of the net for Weatherby's 4th of the season.

Zach Parise scored his 400th career goal 12:48 into the 2nd period on a shot from the left dot. The Islanders forward parked himself at the spot before Sebastien Aho fed hm the puck from the slot.

Matt Nieto created an opportunity for the Sharks when he leveled Cal Clutterbuck with a check along the boards in the Islanders zone, which prompted a response from Jean-Gabriel Pageau that netted the Sharks a power play. Both Pageau and Nieto were assessed fighting majors, but the Islanders centerman earned an extra 2 minutes for roughing.

Logan Couture took advantage of the man advantage by rifling home his 18th goal of the season at 16:31 of the period. The Sharks captain unleashed a shot from the top of the left circle, that beat Sorokin low to the stick side.

The new found lead would be short lived however.

Pelach answered 19 seconds later by blasting a shot from the high slot that slipped between Reimer's pads to tie the game at 3-3.

Neither team would score in the 3rd period, but there was no doubt who the better team was in the period. New York out-shot San Jose 13-4 in the frame with the Sharks not recording their first shot on goal 15 minutes in.

In the overtime period Brock Nelson had the Sharks dead to rights after carrying the puck to the front of the net from the end boards, but Reimer made a spectacular glove save. Ryan Pulock missed on a chance in tight when he rank a shot off the crossbar.

Reimer's stop on Nelson in the shootout was punctuated by the goaltender pumping his stick in the air, celebrating the end of the losing streak.

Game Notes:

* Zdeno Chara passed Chris Chelios in the record books for most games played by an NHL defenseman. Jeffrey Viel tried to congratulate Chara with his fists as the two danced early in the 2nd period.

* Nicolas Meloche sustained an injury early in the 2nd period and did not return.

* Special teams was exactly that. The Sharks scored on both power play opportunities, and they stopped all three chances on the penalty kill. The stops extended the Sharks streak to 18 consecutive penalty kills.

* Ryan Pulock was the only Islanders skater who did not register a shot on goal. Adam Pelach, Noah Dobson and Brock Nelson had 5 shots each.

* Tomas Hertl had two assists in the game to give him 42 points this season.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
NYI 1 2 0 0 0 3
SJ 2 1 0 0 1 4
1st period - 1, NYI, Nelson 19 (Mayfield, Bellows), 14:56. 2, SJ, Barbanov 8 (Burns, Hertl), 15:55, (pp). 3, SJ, Weatherby 4 (Viel), 17:32.
2nd period - 4, NYI, Parise 7 (Aho, Barzal), 12:48. 5, SJ, Couture 18 (Merkley, Hertl), 16:31, (pp). 6, NYI, Pelach 3 (Barzal, Parise), 16:50.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - NYI: Beauvillier (miss), Barzal (miss), Nelson (miss). SJ: Couture (goal), Hertl (miss).
1st period - Nieto, SJ (hooking), 2:13; Middleton, SJ (holding), 8:11; Pelech, NYI (interference), 15:48.
2nd period - Chara, NYI (fighting major), 2:29; Viel, SJ (fighting major), 2:29; Pageau, NYI (roughing), 15:09; Pageau, NYI (fighting major), 15:09; Nieto, SJ (fighting major), 15:09.
3rd period - Couture, SJ (tripping), 4:57.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
NYI - Sorokin 28 25
SJ - Reimer 47 44
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
NYI 12 17 13 5 47
SJ 14 9 4 1 28
Power Play Conversion
NYI 0 of 3
SJ 2 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
James Reimer
Zach Parise
Mathew Barzal
SAP Center - 11,283
Referees: #33 Kevin Pollock, #37 Pierre Lambert. Linesmen: #91 Ben O'Quinn, #97 Kory Nagy.

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