Sharks lose lead in third period Sabers come back 5-4

February 7, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

~ AP Photo/ Jeffrey T. Barnes

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ Evander Kane chose the perfect moment to score twice, completing a third period comeback in overtime, as the Buffalo Sabres defeated San Jose 5-4 Tuesday.

Kane scored off a 2-on-1 against Marc-Edouard Vlasic with teammate Jack Eichel just 1:05 into the extra frame.

San Jose is now 2-15-2 in Buffalo. Joe Pavelski said, “One of those games, for them to come back, everything worked out just perfect.” Head coach Pete DeBoer remarked, “I felt like Dan Quinn on Super Bowl Sunday…Thank God it wasn’t the finals.”

Kane had two goals and led with seven shots on goal. Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and assist and Eichel, Brian Gionta and the Sharks’ Brent Burns had two assists each.

After San Jose went down 1-0 in the first, they scored two more in the period and created a 4-1 lead during the third.

Matt Moulson gave the Sabres their only lead until overtime at 7:24 of the first.

Joel Ward and Logan Couture made it 2-1 in just over three minutes at 17:13. It was Couture’s second goal and third point in two games.

Melker Karlsson scored at 11:23 of the second. Marcus Sorensen, who was recalled Thursday got his first NHL assist and point.

In the first two periods, the Sharks outshot Buffalo 31 to 18. In the third period, the Sabres outshot San Jose 17-9. It was also their turn to score three unanswered.

At 6:07, the Sharks scored on the power play. Burns in the high shot gave the puck to Pavelski in the right faceoff circle.

The tide turned when O’Reilly, Kane and Kyle Okposo scored in three and a half minutes. O’Reilly’s power play was the second man advantage goal for Buffalo in the game.

Game notes: San Jose had 40 shots for the second game in a row. The Sharks will face the Boston Bruins next Thursday at 4pm.

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