Sharks Pepper Lehner in 4-1 Win Over Buffalo

March 15, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

March 14, 2017: Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane (9) puts San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) into the boards during the NHL hockey game between the Buffalo Sabres and the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA. The Sharks trail the Sabres 1-0 at the end of the first period. Damon Tarver/Cal Sport Media (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

By Matthew T.F. Harington

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jack Eichel scored two goals, one for the Sabres and one for the Sharks, leading to San Jose’s 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Joe Pavelski scored twice for San Jose, Michael Haley netted the game-winner and Logan Couture netted an insurance goal in a contest the Sharks dominated. San Jose fired 42 shots on Robin Lehner to beat the eastern conference foes.

Eichel gave the Sabres the improbable lead 1:10 into the first period, scoring his 20th goal to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead. Despite outshooting the Sabres 20-9, San Jose entered the locker room down 1-0 after 20 minutes.

The Sharks would however tie the game up The Sharks answered back on the power play 11:47 into the second with Joe Pavelski ripping a rocket from the slot for his 27th goal of the year. Couture and Joe Thornton assisted on the power play strike.

Eichel’s gaffe would give the Sharks their only lead necessary on the night with 50 seconds left in the second period. After Michael Haley’s cycle behind the net, the Sabres star Eichel wound up with the puck. Instead of clearing the zone, Eichel tapped the puck into his own goal, giving Haley his second goal of the year and handing the Sharks a 2-1 lead.

The Sharks would continue to pepper Lehner with 42 shots through the course of the game. Despite only mustering fgive shots on net in a despserate thjird period the Sharks managed to score a pair of goals. Pavelski added his 28th of the year 5:28 into the third, then Logan Couture scored his 24th of the year with 4:03 left in regulation to hand the Sharks the 4-2 win. Couture (1 g, 1a), Pavelski (2 g) and Thornton (2 a) all had three point nights for San Jose.

The Sharks continue a home heavy month of March with a home tilt against the St. Louis Blues Thursday night. Then the rival Anaheim Ducks make a visit to SAP Saturday night.

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