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Meier shows his wears in win over Bolts
San Jose overcomes 3-1 deficit to win in OT
2/7/2023 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks resumed their 8-game road trip after a week long break, hitting the south eastern part of the country. Picking up from their impressive 6-4 win over Pittsburgh before the break, San Jose battled back from a 3-1 1st period deficit against the host Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at Amelie Arena, and stunned the Lightning with goals in each period, including the game winner in overtime.

Timo Meier continued his audition prior to the trade deadline by scoring 2 goals and adding an assist in the Sharks 4-3 victory. His 2nd tally of the night came 2:19 into the extra period, extending the Sharks win streak to 2 games. Defenseman Erik Karlsson setup Meier with a seeing-eye pass from the right wing, allowing Meier to tap home the game winner from outside the left post.

The win was more impressive given the pressure that goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen faced in the 3rd period after the Sharks had tied the game at 3-3. The Finnish goaltender made 34 saves to earn his 7th win of the season.

The Lightning made the Sharks pay early for a couple of small errors that burned San Jose. San Jose tried to wind the puck out of their own, but Oskar Lindblom allowed Zach Bogosian to win the puck at the blueline. Bogosian swept the puck to the front of the net where Ross Colton collected it and put it past Kahkonen after he beat Mario Ferraro.

Ian Cole took an interference penalty at 6:23 and the Sharks capitalized. Karlsson took a Meier drop pass above the circles, then fired a shot past Lightning goaltender Brian Elliott. The power play goal gave Karlsson 17 tallies for the season.

Mikey Eyssimont committed a costly penalty 2 minutes after Karlsson's goal. The Lightning countered the Sharks power play goal with one of their own when Brayden Point snapped a shot from the inside of the left circle at 9:21 to put Tampa Bay back on top.

Point added his 31st goal of the season with 3:16 left in the opening period. The Lightning worked the puck around the Sharks net before Mikhail Sergachev found Point cutting in the slot for the quick release goal.

Nico Sturm was called for tripping minors 5 minutes apart to open the 2nd period. The Sharks killed both penalties, along with a suspect slashing penalty on Evgeny Svechnikov at 13:12.

Ian Cole was sent off for cross checking at 16:18 and San Jose quickly responded. Timo Meier scored his 20th goal of the season 5 seconds into the power play, lifting an Alexander Barabanov pass past Elliott from the right side.

The Lightning appeared to respond on the very next shift, when Steven Stamkos scored a would-be goal, but Sharks head coach David Quinn challenged that the Point was offside. Replays confirmed Quinn's assertion and the game remained a 1-goal contest.

The Sharks tied the game 3:08 into the 3rd period when Scott Harrington ripped a shot from the left point. The puck found a seam through traffic out in front of Elliott, clipping Jonah Gadjovich before finding the back of the net. It was Gadjovich's 3rd goal of the season, but more importantly, it allowed San Jose to draw even with the Lightning.

Svechnikov was called for a suspect hooking penalty midway through the period, extending a 6th power play chance to the lethal Lightning. The Sharks played with fire with all the penalties incurred, but Kahkonen bailed them out.

The Sharks netminder stood on his head in the 3rd period, stopping all 15 shots he saw in that final frame. Tampa Bay turned up the heat over the final 10 minutes, but the netminder turned aside everything they threw at him.

Game Notes:

* Kevin Labanc was the only scratch for San Jose, which came in part due to Jaycob Megna being traded on Sunday and no replacement was available. The Sharks did elevate defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov, but was not in Tampa Bay.

* Mikey Eyssimont had a spirited game. The forward played well on the Sharks 2nd line, and added a spirited scrap with Brayden Point right before the 2nd intermission.

* Alexander Barabanov is just 4 assists from matching his career high mark of 29, set last season. He has 30 games to get it done.

* Timo Meier and Noah Gregor combined for 9 of San Jose's 22 shots on goal.

* Nico Sturm was 11 of 16 (69%) on draws. He also led San Jose with 6 hits in the game.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 1 1 1 4
TB 3 0 0 0 3
1st period - 1, TB, Colton 11 (Bogosian), 2:10. 2, SJ, Karlsson 17 (Meier, Hertl), 6:28, (pp). 3, TB, Point 30 (Kucherov, Hedman), 9:21, (pp). 4, TB, Point 31 (Sergachev, Kucherov), 16:44.
2nd period - 5, SJ, Meier 29 (Barabanov, Couture), 16:23, (pp).
3rd period - 6, SJ, Gadjovich 3 (Harrington, Karlsson), 3:08.
Overtime - 7, SJ, Meier 30 (Karlsson, Hertl), 2:19.
1st period - Barabanov, SJ (holding), 3:08; COle, TB (interference), 6:23; Eyssimont, SJ (holding), 8:46.
2nd period - Sturm, SJ (tripping), 1:44; Sturm, SJ (tripping), 6:40; Bogosian, TB (interference), 10:18; Svechnikov, SJ (slashing), 13:12; Cole, TB (cross checking), 16:18; Eyssimont, SJ (fighting major), 19:40; Point, TB (fighting major) 19:40.
3rd period - Svechnikov, SJ (hooking), 9:04.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Kahkonen 37 34
TB - Elliott 22 18
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 7 7 7 1 22
TB 17 5 15 0 37
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 3
TB 1 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Timo Meier
Brayden Point
Erik Karlsson
Amalie Arena - 19,092
Referees: #14 Trevor Hanson, #38 Peter MacDougall. Linesmen: #59 Steve Barton, #92 Mark Shewchyk.

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