Brent Burns’ 14th goal of the season lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Tuesday night.
The Ducks applied pressure in the first period, but some good goaltending by Jones kept the Sharks in the game.
Kevin Labanc set up Mikkel Boedker with a fantastic pass from the blue line. Boedker tipped the pass to Paul Martin, who buried it into the back of the net to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 13:30 of the first. With his third goal of the season, Martin matched his goal total from last year.
The Sharks were outshot 14-6, but led 1-0 after 20 minutes.
However, no lead is safe in the NHL. Ondrej Kase collected a rebound from Nick Ritchie from just outside the crease. Kase then spun around and tapped in a backhand past Martin Jones to tie the game 1-1 at 11:32 of the second period.
The Sharks didn’t let the game slip away. Melker Karlsson redirected Joel Ward’s shot over the right pad of John Gibson to put his team ahead 2-1 with 5:42 left in the second.
The Sharks were outshot 26-15 and held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.
The Sharks suffered a defensive breakdown in the third period.
Jakob Silfverberg redirected a bouncing puck off Ryan Kesler’s stick and into the net for his 10th goal of the season. Once again, the Ducks tied the game 2-2 with 6:25 left in the third.
The Ducks didn’t sit back and relax. This game was kind of back and forth and fell into a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation.
Burns scored on a backhand at 2:14 of overtime to give the Sharks their third straight win. Jones finished with 34 saves in a San Jose victory. Gibson made 22 saves in a losing effort for Anaheim.
The Sharks return home to host the Flyers Friday night at 7:00 p.m. PST on CSCA and CSNP.