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Couture bags OT winner to beat Knights
SJ wins consecutive games on home ice for the first time this season
3/30/2023 - By Mike Lee

Winning at home has been tough for the Sharks this season. Winning consecutive games at home has been an impossibility until Thursday night when San Jose knocked off the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in overtime at SAP Center. Logan Couture stepped in front of an Alex Pietrangelo pass in the extra period, then raced up ice and deposited his 26th goal of the season to help San Jose for the second time in as many games in their own barn.

The win means San Jose moves farther from the Western Conference basement. They now sit ahead of both Anaheim and the Chicago Blackhawks.

San Jose jumped out to 2-goal lead in the opening period. Mario Ferraro staked the Sharks to an early advantage by scoring 4:16 into the contest. Ferraro unloaded on a shot from the blueline that hit Brett Howden and changed directions on Golden Knight's goaltender Laurent Brossoit. The goal was Ferraro's 4th of the season.

Oskar Lindblom added to the Sharks lead at 14:31, after the Sharks forced a turnover in the neutral zone. Lindblom carried the puck in on the right side before dropping it to Ferraro on the boards and heading to the net. Ferraro sent a pass to the area in front off Brossoit where Lindblom was headed. The Swedish forward got a stick blade on Ferraro's pass, redirecting it past Brossoit for his 6th tally of the season.

Nicolas Hague halved the Sharks lead with 3 minutes remaining in the period after goaltender James Reimer turned the puck over behind the San Jose net. Vegas worked the puck out front, forcing Reimer to fall to the ice in an attempt to keep it out of his own net. With Reimer on his back, Ben Hutton moved the puck to the high slot where Hague released a shot into a side open net.

Vegas tied the game 68 seconds into the 2nd period after Erik Karlsson was sent off for tripping. The Golden Knights power play converted when Ivan Barbashev punched home an Nicolas Roy feed from in tight.

Tomas Hertl helped the Sharks reclaim the lead at 11:47 after the sharks pushed the pace in the Vegas zone. Hertl tipped a Martin Kaut feed, lifting it over Brossoit's right shoulder for his 21st goal of the season.

Thomas Bordeleau just missed on a redirect chance into a wide open net midway through the 3rd period after Logan Couture found him with a pass off the left wing boards. That would prove even bigger when Michael Amadio deposited a shot moments later to tie the game at 3-3. Chandler Stephenson put a shot on net that Reimer stopped, but Amadio was parked on the doorstep to punch home the rebound.

A tripping call on Jacob MacDonald with 3:28 to play setup a prime chance for the Golden Knights to claim their first lead, but the steady Sharks penalty kill denied Vegas.

Couture's magic helped secure the win in thrilling fashion, and propelling the Sharks past Anaheim in the Pacific Division standings.

Game Notes:

* San Jose recalled centerman Thomas Bordeleau from the Barracuda earlier in the day. To make room for the rookie forward, San Jose sent Andrew Agozzino to their top minor league affiliate.

* Henry Thrun made his NHL debut and had himself a night. The former Harvard University captain recorded a pair of assists for his first NHL points. The defenseman was credited with the primary assist on Ferraro's goal and the secondary assist on Lindblom's tally. Thrun's family was in attendance for his debut.

* Oskar Lindblom was injured early in the 2nd period and did not return.

* Defenseman Jacob MacDonald led the Sharks with 5 shots on goal. Tomas Hertl added 4 of the Sharks 25 shots in the game.

* San Jose finished the month of March with a 3-8-3 record. 2 of their 3 wins came in teh last two games of the month.


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1 2 3 OT T
VGK 1 1 1 0 3
SJ 2 1 0 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Zetterlund 7 (Ferraro, Thrun), 4:16. 2, SJ, Lindblom 6 (Ferraro, Thrun), 14:31. 3, VGK, Hague 3 (Hutton), 16:55.
2nd period - 4, VGK, Barbashev 15 (Roy, Eichel), 1:08, (pp). 5, SJ, Hertl 21 (Katu, Peterson), 11:47.
3rd period - 6, VGK, Amadio 14 (), 10:07.
Overtime - 7, SJ, Couture 26 (unassisted), 0:50.
1st period - Kolesar, VGK (holding), 7:24; Hertl, SJ (tripping), 8:13; Kolesar, VGK (high sticking), 11:42.
2nd period - Karlsson, SJ (tripping), 0:26; Roy, VGK (tripping), 4:49.
3rd period - MacDonald, SJ (tripping), 16:22.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
VGK - Brossoit 25 21
SJ - Reimer 26 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
VGK 5 4 17 0 26
SJ 6 5 13 1 25
Power Play Conversion
VGK 1 of 3
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Logan Couture
Henry Thrun
Mario Ferraro
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: #33 Kevin Pollock, #46 Brandon Schrader. Linesmen: #65 Tommy Hughes, #60 Libor Suchanek .

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