Sharks edge Jets 3-2 Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Timo Meier fired the game winner 6:47 into the third period as the visiting San Jose Sharks edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-2 score Friday night.

Meier swooped in from the high slot to scoop up a rebound off a Brent Burns shot from the right point before firing it into a wide open net to give San Jose the win.

The goal marked his 6th point in his last four games.

“I think it was an overall good play by the whole line, all five guys chipping in and then going to work in their zone and keeping it simple, getting some shots through. That point shot from (Brent) Burns getting through and then luckily just kind of ended up on my side and I could bury the rebound," he said.

“Yeah, it got a little tight. I was a little worried that he's (Hellebuyck) going to get his stick on it but luckily it went in and I'll take those any day.”

Sharks winger Evander Kane, who contributed two minor penalties to the game sheet due to his attention to Jets defenceman Neal Pionk says the reason for Meier's success lately is simple.

“He's playing heavy," said Kane. "He's skating. He's a big, powerful guy with a good scoring touch. When he goes hard to the net he can finish so that was another example of that tonight.”

Marcus Sorensen and Melker Karlsson also scored for San Jose, who won for the 25th time this season.

Aaron Dell stopped 30 shots for the Sharks, who moved to 25-28-4.

Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg.

Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 32 shots for the Jets, who dropped to 29-25-5, leaving them a single point out of the final Western Conference Wild Card playoff spot with 63.

San Jose took a 1-0 lead at 14:51 of the first period after a Marcus Sorensen knocked the puck past Connor Hellebucyk during a goalmouth scramble.

The Jets challenged goaltender interference but were unsuccessful.

The goal was Sorensen's 6th of the season.

“I mean, I’ve heard multiple reasons," said Hellebuyck of the explanation he was given.

"One, they said they saw it in the net before they touched me. That was clearly not right. Another one they said something about the contact wasn’t forced. We had that exact same one, and this is where you guys can help the league a little bit, show the exact same one in San Jose at the beginning of the year for us that they called off. I believe Evander (Kane) scored it and this is the exact same case. My pad was pushed in, throwing me off. Nothing I can do.”

Winnipeg didn't mount much of an attack in the opening stanza as they registered three shots on goal during the first period.

Kyle Connor tied the contest on the power play 8:21 into the second.

With Evander Kane off for interference, Blake Wheeler hit Connor with a touch pass just in front of San Jose goaltender Aaron Dell.

Connor threw the puck back between his legs before snapping a high shot past a shocked Dell to make it 1-1.

The goal was his team leading 29th of the season.

Blake Wheeler gave Winnipeg the lead at 9:47, one timing an Andrew Copp feed from the corner past Dell, beating the Sharks netminder high glove side.

The goal was his 18th of the season.

Melker Karlsson tied the game 5:18 into the third after working a give-and-go off a drop pass with Joel Kellman.

Karlsson broke across the blue line on the left side boards before dropping the puck for Kellman before driving the net.

Kellman hit him with a pass from the corner which he fired past Hellebuyck, beating the Winnipeg netminder with a low shot.

The Sharks took the lead 1:29 later when Connor Hellebuyck failed to control a rebound off a Brent Burns shot and left the disc for Timo Meier, who had little trouble shooting the puck into a wide open goal to score his 19th of the season at 6:47.

The Jets made a final push in the last minute of regulation with Kyle Connor hitting the goal post but were unable to tie the game.

Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner thought his club played a solid road game.

"I think so, I think you know I mean we knew coming into this game that we had to be at our very best and to co-op a point or two out of here. Um this is a team that's been rolling a bit and kind of offence," he said.

"We needed a big performance by Deller (Dell) and he was our best player tonight by far. They had a lot opportunities, especially in the first period even though they (Jets) only registered three shots they missed the net on a few of them and Deller made some saves," said Boughner.

San Jose continues their short two-game road trip Saturday in Minnesota while Winnipeg hosts Chicago on Sunday.



Last modified on Saturday, 15 February 2020 03:47
Philip Paul-Martin

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