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Late push propels Sharks
SJ wins consecutive games for the first time this season
11/13/2022 - By Mike Lee

Consecutive wins have evaded the San Jose Sharks all season. That ended on Sunday night as the Sharks stole a victory from the host Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis. The third stop of their current 4-game road trip looked as if the Sharks were headed to their 13th loss in 17 games, but a pair of 3rd period goals helped San Jose get to overtime and ultimately the shootout where they beat the Wild 3-2.

After arguably their best win of the season on Friday night, San Jose was looking to add to the positive vibes that came from that victory. They didn't play poorly, they just couldn't generate any offense. That is until the 3rd period.

It was a gritty comeback late in a road trip where the legs can start to get heavy.

The Wild grabbed the 1-0 lead 6:45 into the contest when Frederick Gaudreau gathered a pass from Kirill Kaprizov and waited out James Reimer before scoring his 2nd goal of the year. Kaprizov drew 4 defenders to the left wing boards, before he sent a puck to the front of the net for Gaudreau to pick his shot.

Logan Couture just missed evening the score in the final minute of the period when his shot rang off the crossbar. Other than that, there wasn't much to feel good about in terms of offense. San Jose only generated 7 shots in that opening period, to Minnesota's 10.

Kevin Labanc didn't help matters by taking a pair of minor penalties in the period. The Sharks penalty killers continued their stellar play by denying the Wild from adding to their lead, but it was also time taken away from San Jose and an opportunity to try and pot the equalizer.

Calen Addison took a holding penalty at 2: 33 of the 3rd period to setup the 2nd Sharks power play of the game. A head shaking moment would follow when Erik Karlsson tripped while back-skating with the puck along the Minnesota blueline. The Wild pounced on the puck and skated up 2-on-0 before burying the short-handed chance. Connor Dewar stuffed a Mason Shaw feed past Reimer as the two exchanged the puck with each other on their romp up the ice.

The Sharks finally got to goaltender Filip Gustavsson 13:56 into the final frame when Steven Lorentz took a couple of whacks at the puck before lifting it home for his 2nd goal of the season. Erik Karlsson fired the puck on net from the point and Lorentz gobbled up the rebound before converting.

Nico Sturm tied the game just under 2 minutes later when he snapped a shot from the right side that beat Gustavsson. Sturm's shot went through Jon Merrill's skates near the up top, which may have screened Gustavsson's vision.

Joseph Cramarossa took his second minor penalty of the game after roughing on Matt Benning with 3:04 left in regulation, but the Sharks could not convert on the power play.

The overtime period favored the Sharks even though the shot counter reported 3 shots for each team. Tomas Hertl rang a shot off the crossbar, denying San Jose from evading the shootout where they were unsuccessful 3 times this season.

San Jose finally found a way to beat an opponent in the skills competition, where Labanc, Nick Bonino and Alexander Barabanov pushed pucks past Gustavsson. Kaprizov scored in the 2nd round, but Bonino extended things with a goal in the 3rd round. Barabanov ended things in the 5th round.

Game Notes:

* Defenseman Radim Simek skated one shift in the game and did not return. There was no formal announcement of Simek's injury, but a replay showed Mason Shaw catching him with an elbow to the head on a hit that went unnoticed by the on-ice officials. It would be surprising if Shaw escapes any penalty from the league for the hit.

* Erik Karlsson recorded his 12th assist this season. He has recorded points in 5 of his last 6 games and 6 of his last 8 games. The defenseman skated 34:12 of ice time on 30 shifts.

* The game winning shot in the shootout was Alexander Barabanov's first career opportunity in the shootout.

* Timo Meier led all skaters with 6 shots on goal. The Sharks are starting to open things up offensively, even though the goal production on Sunday wasn't an obvious indicator of that.

* Minnesota applied a more physical approach to dealing with the Sharks. They out-hit San Jose 22-12 and clearly tried to intimidate the Sharks.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 0 0 2 0 1 3
MIN 1 0 1 0 0 2
1st period - 1, MIN, Gaudreau 2 (Kaprizov, Zuccarello), 6:45.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 2, MIN, Dewar 1 (Shaw), 3:37, (sh). 3, SJ, Lorentz 2 (Vlasic, Benning), 13:56. 4, SJ, Sturm 6 (Karlsson, Vlasic), 15:49.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - MIN: Zuccarello (miss), Kaprizov (goal), Gaudreau (miss), Boldy (miss), Ericsson-Ek (miss). SJ: Labanc (miss), Couture (miss), Bonino (goal), Meier (miss), Barabanov (goal).
1st period - Cramarossa, MIN (holding), 2:57.
2nd period - Labanc, SJ (interference), 6:01; Labanc, SJ (tripping), 14:14.
3rd period - Addison, MIN (holding), 2:27, Cramarossa, MIN (roughing), 16:56.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Reimer 30 28
MIN - Gustavsson 37 35
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 6 10 18 3 37
MIN 9 12 6 3 30
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
MIN 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Xcel Energy Center - 17,105
Referees: #19 Gord Dwyer, #25 Marc Joannette . Linesmen: #82 Ryan Galloway, #87 Devin Berg.

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