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Sharks stun Jets in OT
Tomas Hertl ties game late, Couture finishes it
3/6/2023 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks already held the distinction of being the first team in NHL history to blow consecutive 2-goal leads by surrendering 4 straight goals. They did not want to make that three games in a row. They avoided the dubious record by only scoring once in the opening period. They would need a heroic goal late from Tomas Hertl to get to overtime, before Logan Couture scored in the extra period to help the Sharks win 3-2.

Couture scored the game winner 1:21 into overtime after Erik Karlsson sent a lead pass to him as he streaked up the ice. Couture deeked right before sliding the game winner through goaltender David Rittich's pads for his 22nd goal of the season. San Jose improved to 19-33-12, more than doubling their road win total versus the same tally on home ice.

Steven Lorentz staked San Jose to a 1-0 lead 14:13 into the game after he punched home a puck off a scrum in front of the Jets net. Lorentz was staged outside the left post, and was able to get a shot past Rittich for his 7th goal of the season.

Winnipeg out-shot San Jose 14-7 in the period, largely fueled by a pair of power play chances on minor penalties from William Eklund and Nikolai Knyzhov.

Shark killer Nino Niederreiter scored his 6th goal of the season against San Jose with a shot from the high slot 6:05 into the 2nd period. Acquired by Winnipeg at the trade deadline, Niederreiter has 19 goals this season, and almost a third of them have come against San Jose. The forward collected a Josh Morrissey pass with his back to the goal, before spinning to his right and uncorking a shot that found the upper right corner of the net.

Lorentz just missed on a multi-goal game when his shot rang off the right post 7 minutes into 3rd.

Nate Schmidt pushed the Jets into the lead with 5:07 remaining in regulation. The veteran forward positioned himself just outside the right post as Nikoaj Ehlers carried the puck behind the Sharks net. Rather that continue on with the puck, Ehlers dropped it out to Schmidt for the one time chance that beat Reimer over the glove hand.

The Sharks pulled Reimer with 1:49 to play. That plan worked as Tomas Hertl scored with 10.2 seconds remaining when he ripped a one-time shot from the bottom of the left circle. Erik Karlsson sent a diagonal pass through the slot from the right point to earn his 62nd assist of the season.

Couture and Karlsson worked their magic 85 seconds later, and the Sharks snapped their 5-game losing streak.

Game Notes:

* Nikolai Knyzhov returned to the ice for the first time since May 12, 2001. Knyzhov has battled injury after injury and last played in the NHL 663 days ago.

* Jacob MacDonald was injured in the opening period and did not return.

* William Eklund saw time on the power play unit, as San Jose is auditioning replacements for recently traded Timo Meier.

* Tomas Hertl has scored goals in back to back games for the first time since November 11th. Hertl scored goals in three straight games from November 5th through the 11th against Anaheim, St Louis and Dallas.

* The Sharks dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 41 of 60 draws for a 68 conversion rate.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 0 1 1 3
WPG 0 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Lorentz 7 (Lindblom, Labanc), 14:13.
2nd period - 2, WPG, Niederreitter 19 (Morrissey), 6:05.
3rd period - 3, WPG, Schmidt 6 (Ehlers, Wheeler), 14:53. 4, SJ, Hertl 17 (Karlsson, Couture), 19:49.
Overtime - 5, SJ, Couture 22 (Karlsson), 1:21.
1st period - MacDonald, SJ (roughing), 5:43; Demelo, WPG (holding), 5:43; Eklund, SJ (high sticking), 14:21; Knyzhov, SJ (tripping), 18:07.
2nd period - Lowry, WPG (interference), 0:44; Gregor, SJ (interference), 2:44; Wheeler, WPG (tripping), 7:23; Johnsson, SJ (slashing), 18:21.
3rd period - Ferraro, SJ (high sticking), 4:15; Barabanov, SJ (hooking), 12:49.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Reimer 38 36
WPG - Rittich 24 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 7 7 8 2 24
WPG 14 14 8 2 38
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
WPG 0 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Nino Niederreiter
James Reimer
Morgan Barron
Canada Life Centre - 13,026
Referees: #31 Michael Markovic, #12 Justin StPierre. Linesmen: #52 Shandor Alphonso, #87 Devin Berg.

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