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Karlsson atones for early gaffs
Sharks defenseman scores OT winner to beat Leafs
10/27/2022 - By Mike Lee

Erik Karlsson was having a tough night. The high-priced defenseman was missing wide open nets, taking bad penalties, and simply not in synch. Then he helped everyone forget all his misgivings by scoring in overtime to give the Sharks a 4-3 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs at SAP Center on Thursday night. The Swede used the wide open ice in the overtime period to use his skating ability to help the Sharks to 2 points for only the 3rd time this season.

Timo Meier overcame a gaff of his own by springing Karlsson with a long lead pass as the Sharks defenseman slipped past the last Leafs defender. Karlsson raced up ice and deeked Leafs goaltender Erik Kallgren left before pulling the puck right and lifting it home for his 4th goal of the season.

It was an immediate atonement for an otherwise tough night for the defenseman.

The Sharks wasted no time getting things started. Logan Couture beat Justin Holl to a puck that was floating back toward the Maple Leafs net, then lifted it past Kallgren for his 3rd goal of the season just 26 seconds into the game. Holl was busy fighting off Matt Nieto and got back on the heels of his skates as Couture raced by him.

The Leafs answered at 5:14 when David Kampf gathered a Alexander Kerfoot feed to the left of the low slot and snapped a shot that beat goaltender Kaapo Khakonen through the 5-hole. Khakonen was partially screened on the play, but Kampf wristed a laser through the netminder's pads.

Erik Karlsson missed on a pair of empty net chances in the opening period. The first was setup by a nifty backhand pass by Meier across the slot, but Karlsson rushed the shot and pushed it wide. The second chance was blocked by Mark Giordano, who dropped to a knee and extended an arm to knock down Karlsson's golden opportunity.

The middle period would start auspiciously for San Jose when Radim Simek took a tripping penalty 2 minutes in. San Jose once again killed off the penalty, but then Toronto took two simultaneous infractions. Pierre Engval and TJ Brodie were called for hooking and tripping respectively.

San Jose took full advantage, bagging a pair of goals. Logan Couture punched home a rebound while parked on the right post after Alexander Barabanov bounced a shot off Kallgren. That penalty came 5-on-3.

Timo Meier finally scored his 1st of the season, deflecting a Couture deflection as Brodie sat in the box. Karlsson fired a shot on net from the net, allowing Meier to get a stick blade on the puck. It deflected past Kallgren to lift a huge monkey off Meier's back. He had gone the first 9 games without sniffing the net.

The Sharks had an opportunity to carry all the momentum of that big offensive output into the 2nd intermission, but a ill-advised blind pass by Meier was intercepted by Toronto, who promptly skated up ice with a 4-on-2 advantage. That advantage ended with Mitch Marner slipping a puck past Khakonen with 22.7 seconds left in the period.

That goal would be magnified in the 3rd period when Karlsson took a delay of game penalty after lofting a puck over the glass under pressure. The Leafs countered with an equalizing power play goal at 5:38. San Jose couldn't keep Austin Matthews off the board, as the Leafs superstar ripped a shot from the high slot that beat Khakonen high to the stick side.

in the overtime, Meier had a nice scoring chance and he skated past two defenders and lifted a shot on Kallgren. Karlsson would make it all better with his game winner.

Game Notes:

* Logan Couture's 2nd goal was the 300th of his NHL career. Per Sharks super statistician Darren Stephens, Couture is the 13th player in NHL history to score his 300th against the Maple Leafs.

* The Sharks introduced a new feature on their new scoreboard. Players on the ice, along with running ice-time now shown. You could also just look at the ice, but hey, fans love their metrics.

* The game marked the fist time this season that the Shark scored 4 goals in a game. They had scored 3 times twice this season.

* San Jose did an about face on their special teams play. The near perfect penalty kill allowed a goal in one of their 4 chances. The anemic power play scored twice in 3 chances.

* Nick Bonino missed his 3rd consecutive game as he nurses an upper body injury. The Sharks elected to scratch him for the 3rd time rather than putting him on the IR.


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1 2 3 OT T
TOR 1 1 1 0 3
SJ 1 2 0 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ Couture 3 (Nieto, Barabanov), 0:26. 2, TOR, Kampf 3 (Kerfoot, Marner), 5:14.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Coutuer 4 (Barabanov, Karlsson), 5:15, (pp). 4, SJ, Meier 1 (Couture, Karlsson), 5:57, (pp). 5, TOR, Marner 2 (Rielly, Kerfoot), 19:37.
3rd period - 6, TOR, Matthews 2 (Rielly, Tavares), 5:38, (pp).
Overtime - 7, SJ, Karlsson 4 (Meier), 0:57.
1st period - Bench, SJ (too many men), 16:28.
2nd period - Simek, SJ (tripping), 2:20; Engval, TOR (hooking), 4:33; Brodie, TOR (tripping), 4:33; Holl, TOR (delay of game - puck over glass), 9:47.
3rd period - Bunting, TOR (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:05; Gadjovich, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:05; Karlsson, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 4:55; Karlsson, SJ (hooking), 9:49.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
TOR - Kallgren 31 27
SJ - Khakonen 25 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
TOR 9 6 10 0 25
SJ 5 14 10 2 31
Power Play Conversion
TOR 1 of 4
SJ 2 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Erik Karlsson
Logan Couture
Auston Matthews
SAP Center - 12,507
Referees: #8 Francois StLaurent, #18 Tom Chmielewski . Linesmen: #93 Kilian McNamara, #58 Ryan Gibbons.

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