The Montreal Canadiens who were down after the first period 1-0 came back and defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 at SAP Center in San Jose as a dejected Sharks center Nico Sturm (7) skates away on Tue Feb 28, 2023 (@CanadiensMTL photo)
By Daniel Dullum
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Jase Ylonen scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period for the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday, as the Canadiens went on to defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 at SAP Center.
Christian Dvorak and Kaiden Guble also found the net for the Habs, and Jake Allen made 28 saves while earning his 14th win.
Defenseman Jacob MacDonald scored his first goal of the season – and his first for the Sharks – to account for San Jose’s lone tally. Sharks goalie Kaapo Kahkonen was credited with 29 saves.
San Jose (18-31-12, 48 points) opened the scoring at 1:43 of the first period when Sharks forward Nico Sturm forced a turnover in front of the Canadiens net, allowing MacDonald to capitalize on the opportunity.
After a scoreless second period, Montreal (26-30-4, 56 points) tied the game at 8:07 of the third period. Guble beat Kahkonen with a slapshot from the point. Less than two minutes later, Canadiens forward Rem Pitlick created a 2-on-0 break and fed Ylonen at the mouth of the crease at 9:59. It was Ylonen’s second goal of the season.
Dvorak tacked on an empty-netter with five seconds remaining for his 10th goal of the season.
Elsewhere for the Sharks, defenseman Radim Simek played in his first game since getting injured on Dec. 31. Newly-acquired forwards Andreau Johnsson and Fabian Zetterlund made their Sharks debuts after being picked up in the deadline trade that sent Timo Meier to the New Jersey Devils,
The Sharks host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.