San Jose Sharks Wednesday game wrap: Sharks Come Back, But Not Far Enough in 6-5 Loss to Florida

February 15, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, CA – FEBRUARY 15: Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) takes the ice before the NHL game between the San Jose Sharks and the Florida Panthers on February 15, 2017, at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA. (Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images

By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN JOSE–The Florida Panthers gave Jaromir Jagr a pretty decent 45th birthday present. The Cats beat the San Jose Sharks 6-5 in overtime Wednesday night, with Jonathan Huberdeau netting the game-winner1:38 into the extra session. Brent Burns scored his team-leading 25th goal and Joe Pavelski had a four-point night to help erase a 3-1 and 5-3 deficit, giving the Sharks the loser point with an OT loss. Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad each scored a pair of goals for Florida.

Burns’ rocket of a shot just five minutes into the game helped even the game after Jussi Jokinen put Florida ahead 1-0 4:20 into play. Burns’ goal puts him tied for 2nd in the NHL in points with 61, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Sharks ahead. Instead, the Panthers scored two goals in the frame for a 3-1 edge.

The Sharks would pull off the rare double deflection to end the period only trailing 3-2 with 4:35 left in the period. A point shot from Burns deflected off Joe Thornton’s stick then connected on Joel Ward’s and went past Florida netminder Roberto Luongo for his 7th goal of the year and Thornton’s 997th career assist.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored the only goal of the second period to tie the game 3-3, launching a point shot past Luongo 6:27 into the frame. The Panthers would take a 5-3 lead with just seven minutes to play after third period goals from BJugstad and Barkov, both player’s second goals of the night.

Captain clutch came through for the Sharks, with Pavelski tipping a puck in with 3:21 left in regulation, then adding a second goal with the extra attacker. Luongo made the initial save on a scramble, put Pavelski was able to find the rebound and put it home to tie the game with 38 seconds left. Luongo would exit the game with an injury, with former Sharks backup James Reimer taking over.

Reimer would pick up the win in OT after a bout of sustained pressure by the Panthers. With the Sharks failing to clear the zone, Huberdeau was able to easily beat Jones for his third goal of an injury-riddled season.

The Sharks next take on the Boston Bruins at the SAP Center Sunday night.


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