Marleau Needs Only One Goal To Give Sharks 4-3 Win; Wingels dealt to Ottawa for two forwards and a 7th round draft pick

January 24, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau, second from left, is congratulated by defensemen David Schlemko, from left, Paul Martin and center Joe Pavelski as hats shower on to the ice after Marleau scored his third goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Denver. The Sharks won 5-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Matthew T.F. Harrington

The San Jose Sharks didn’t need four third period goals from Patrick Marleau, they just needed the one game-winner to beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 Tuesday night at the MTS Centre. Brent Burns and Logan Couture lit the lamp for the Sharks while Melker Karlsson scored just the second short-handed penalty shot goal in franchise history for the team’s sixth-straight win and a Division-leading 64 points.

Aaron Dell 31 saves, starting the game in place of number one goaltender Martin Jones who picked up a win against Colorado Monday night. The Jets received goals from Bryan Little (2) and Andrew Copp but surrendered a 3-2 third period lead for the loss.

Marleau’s game-winner game came with 4:33 left in regulation on a perfect feed from rookie Ryan Carpenter. Carpenter wheeled the puck  across the slot from deep in the corner just past the goal line, threading the needle to Marleau on the opposite post for the easy tap-in. Brenden Dillon also picked up an assist on Marleau’s 17th goal and fifth in two games.

Karlsson put Marleau in position for his 97th career game-winning goal, sixth-most in NHL history, by converting on a short-handed bid. With Kevin Labanc in the box for tripping, Karlsson found himself on a breakaway with only goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the way. Defenseman Jacob Trouba tried to chase down Karlsson but couldn’t close the gap, hooking the forward to stop him from converting the breakaway 9:37 into the third.

Karlsson was awarded his first penalty shot of his career, joining Jonathan Cheecho as the only Sharks to earn the penalty shot with a teammate in the box. Karlsson skated in on Pavelec, opened up and fired the shot over Pavelec’s glove for his 6th goal of the year and a  3-3 tie.

Before the Sharks could come back, the Jets would erase a 1-0 and 2-1 lead. Brent Burns wasted no time in opening the scoring, scoring a power play goal on a one-timer in the high slot for his 21st of the year. Logan Couture assisted on the goal 3:59 into the game for his first of two points on the night. Thornton also assisted.

Bryan Little potted his first goal with 8:02 left in the first after beating Dell on a backhand slipped under the pads. Logan Couture would answer back with his 16th goal of the year just 28 seconds into the second period after Mikkel Boedker hit him with a pass similar to Carpenter’s game-winning assist for a 2-1 lead.

While the Sharks would score early, the Jets would answer late with Andrew Copp scoring from just off the right boards on a rising shot that ate Dell up with 1:59 left in the period. Little would push Winnipeg ahead 3-2 four minutes into the third on his 12th goal of the year.

The Jets nearly scored in the waning minutes of the game after a scramble in the Sharks net. With Dell lying on his back, Dustin Byfuglien pushed the puck into the net after it appeared Dell had smothered the puck. The referee judged that Dell had in fact covered the puck and the Jets defenseman had pushed the puck in well after the whistle to preserve the 4-3 lead.

The Sharks return home Thursday looking for a seventh-straight win against the Edmonton Oilers. They’ll wrap up play before the All-Star break with a game against the Blackhawks at home Tuesday.

Post game notes: Forward Tommy Wingels was dealt to the Ottawa Senators as announced right after the Sharks visit in Edmonton on Tuesday night. According to Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorian the team was looking for depth and that’s what Dorian saw in Wingels. The Senators wanted to fill the void as the Sens lost winger Clarke MacArthur to post concussion syndrome.

The Sharks will get the Senators seventh round draft pick and forwards Zach Stortini and Buddy Robinson. The Sharks will pay 30% of Wingels contract as the Senators will pick up the balance of the $2.475 million salary. Wingels has 51 career goals in 337 games.

“We feel that Tommy brings experience. Someone that was part of a team last year that went to the Stanley Cup final,” said Dorion on a conference call. “He’s a quality role player, someone that can play on the penalty killing.

“The attributes that we were really interested (in) are someone who has really good speed, tenacious. He gets on the forecheck and a lot of the qualities that (coach) Guy (Boucher) seems to enjoy for his role players. Adding a player of Tommy’s calibre is something we’ve been looking to do for awhile.”

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