San Jose Sharks Timo Meier (center facing) is well received by teammates and Logan Couture (39) after scoring a second period goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Arena in Newark NJ on Tue Nov 30, 2021 (AP News photo)
By Jessica Kwong
NEWARK, NJ—The San Jose Sharks’ Timo Meier lead the way with two goals in a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday night to remain undefeated in their five-game road trip.
Noah Gregor, Jacob Middleton and Erik Karlsson each scored for San Jose, and James Reimer made 32 saves.
“It was a good game for us,’’ Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. “I thought that we got some contributions throughout the lineup, which was nice tonight, and some big goals, timely goals.”
Gregor scored the first goal at 4:26 in the first period, with Radim Simek and Marc-Edouard Vlasic assisting.
“Great goal and I know he got an assist, but I loved his details tonight,” Boughner said of Gregor. “An example at the end of the game when there were three or four minutes to go and he had to win a board battle, he was strong. He was strong on the ice and I thought he kept things simple. That’s a good line. I like that line.”
At 4:14, Middleton made his second goal of the season and extended the Sharks’ lead to 2-0.
“Especially after the start of the game we had in Chicago, we were looking to come out all cylinders firing,” Middleton said. “I think we did that in the first and we had an even better second.”
The Sharks established their dominance in the second period. Meier had a power play halfway through and Karlsson scored shortly after to boost the Sharks to 4-0.
In the third period, the Devils denied the Sharks a shutout, with Tomas Tatar scoring at 9:12 and Jesper Bratt scoring at 12:49 to cut San Jose’s lead to 4-2.
Meier made his second goal with three minutes left in the game to seal the Sharks’ victory.
The Sharks (12-9-1) have now won seven of 12 away games.
They next face the New York Islanders on Thursday at the new UBS Arena – but whether the game will be held remains up in the air as the Islanders suffered a Covid-19 outbreak and have postponed their last two games.
A decision on whether the game will go forward will be made by Wednesday morning, Sharks PR said after Tuesday night’s game.