Burns’ OT winner pushes Sharks past Ducks

December 27, 2016

San Jose Sharks

By: Eric He

The Sharks squandered two leads against the Ducks on Tuesday night, but finished the job in overtime. Brent Burns scored at 2:46 of the extra session in a 3-2 win in Anaheim to help San Jose escape Orange County with a win.

Burns took a nice feed from Joe Pavelski in the offensive zone and cut in all alone on Jonathan Bernier, made a deke to the backhand and netted the winner.

Despite going o-for-4 on the power play, the Sharks held on. With a 2-1 lead entering the third, the Sharks gave up the equalizer to Jakob Silfverberg, who flicked in a pass from Ryan Kesler to tie the game. Anaheim got the better of San Jose late in the period, nearly grabbing the lead for good.

But Martin Jones made 34 aves to backstop the Sharks through their other difficulties.

The Sharks scored first with the lone goal in the opening period. Paul Martin shot the puck into a gaping net after Logan Couture may have interfered with Bernier in the crease. But the Ducks didn’t challenge the play and the goal stood.

After Ondrej Kase leveled for the Ducks, Melker Karlsson responded for the Sharks in the second period. He deflected in a pass from Joel Ward to give the Sharks the lead entering the third period.

It wasn’t the Sharks’ best game, but they came out of the holiday on the right note. The Sharks will go for their fourth straight win on Friday when the Flyers visit SAP Center.

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