sfchronicle.com photo: A shot by Sharks defenseman Brent Burns gets by Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry for an overtime goal that gave San Jose a 3-2 victory in Pittsburgh, Pa.
~ By Pearl Allison Lo
~ After a 2-0 loss to the last-place Detroit Red Wings, San Jose was triumphant over the fifth-place Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday in overtime 3-2.
Known for his ferocity on the puck, Brent Burns channeled his attempt to shoot through traffic. It was a combination of Sharks showing their assets as the feed came from now the 7th all-time assists leader Joe Thornton. His 1,080th helper ended San Jose’s five-game losing streak on the road.
Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang tripped Logan Couture 46 seconds into the extra period, setting up a 4-on-3. Burns lost the puck.
Interim Head Coach Bob Boughner took out Erik Karlsson and Couture to bring in Thornton and Kevin Labanc.
The Sharks’ Aaron Dell in net was one shy of his season-high 37 saves.
San Jose emerged with a 2-1 lead after the first despite being outshot 15-8.
Tomas Hertl started things going at 2:48. Burns found him at the bottom of the right faceoff circle and Joel Kellman, a game removed from his first NHL goal, earned his first NHL assist.
Pittsburgh’s Patric Hornqvist had his team’s two scores of the night after getting a goal and an assist in his previous game. Hornqvist’s first goal tied the game at 16:51 when he single-handedly took a loose puck into the net.
Couture fired back one minute later. Teammate Patrick Marleau got to the Penguins and the pucks twice while they were heading through the neutral zone, setting up a 2-on-1 which Couture finished.
Boughner went even younger, citing Patty’s “25-year-old legs” after the game.
At 16:17 of the second, the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin was called for interference, but it became 4-on-4 less than a minute later when Barclay Goodrow was sent to the box for tripping. Hornqvist used the 30-second window Pittsburgh had with the advantage to tie the match 2-2 six seconds after the power play expired.
Up Next: The Sharks will now gear up to face the Columbus Blue Jackets early Saturday at 10am.