ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Labanc and Ryan Donato scored shootout needs on connected strikes and the San Jose Sharks snapped a two-game losing trot with a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Geese on Friday evening.
Donato began the shootout by deking correct and catching John Gibson off steadiness, allowing him to score on his immediate facet. Labanc then deked left and stuffed it in on Gibson’s glove facet.
Brent Burns and Evander Kane every had a goal and an relieve in law. Matt Nieto and Logan Couture additionally scored for the Sharks, and Martin Jones made 33 saves.
Anaheim’s Max Comtois had two needs for his second multigoal game of the season. It’s the principle time the Geese contain scored extra than three needs this year.
“We found a technique to salvage a point however obviously it’s disappointing. We let that one accelerate away,” Comtois acknowledged.
San Jose turned into playing its first game since Jan. 28 after two video games against Vegas were postponed due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols. The Sharks didn’t uncover any early rust as Nieto gave them a 1-0 lead in the principle, however they struggled in the second and fell behind 3-1 after 40 minutes.
Couture acknowledged some yelling by coach Bob Boughner between classes wakened the Sharks.
“It’s tough to arrive in and be yelled at, however as soon as in a while you wish that,” he acknowledged. “We bought challenged and had to save our hang energy.”
The Sharks scored three straight needs in the principle eight minutes of the third to regain the lead. Comtois tied it at 4 with a one-timer at 11: 33.
“There turned into plenty acknowledged, I turned into upset with the blokes,” Boughner acknowledged. “We looked uninspired in functions of the second. I came in after that and challenged them.”
Troy Terry had a goal and an relieve, and Adam Henrique additionally scored for the Geese, who contain dropped four of their final 5. Gibson stopped 26 footage. Comtois and Rickard Rakell were stopped by Jones during the shootout.
Couture bought the Sharks within 3-2 39 seconds into the third duration when he save in a rebound after Gibson bought his stick on Kane’s shot. Kane tied it 97 seconds later with a breakaway, immediate-handed goal after forcing a turnover in Anaheim’s zone. Burns gave the Sharks a 4-3 lead with a one-timer from the right faceoff circle eight minutes into the duration.
Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins turned into unhappy seeing his group squander a two-goal advantage.
“In the occasion you contain a 3-1 lead, you contain to arrive out and inquire to win and finish the things we contain to finish to nail it down. Some were onboard and a few weren’t,” Eakins acknowledged.
The Sharks transformed a 2-on-1 trot for his or her first goal when Nieto backhanded Marcus Sorensen’s prance into the easier correct nook of the salvage. It’s miles Nieto’s third goal in 5 video games. Sasha Chmelevski, who turned into making his NHL debut, bought the second relieve for his first point.
Henrique tied it at 1 midway thru the second duration when he save in a rebound of his hang shot thru Jones’ legs. Terry gave the Geese the lead three minutes later with his first goal on a wrist shot between the faceoff circles. Comtois broke a nine-game scoring drought gradual in the duration with a one-timer off the feed from Rakell.
SIGNS OF LIFE?
Anaheim came in averaging a league-low 1.79 needs per game however contain scored three or extra in two straight for the principle time this season.
San Jose’s Patrick Marleau performed in his 1,732nd game and took over sole possession of fourth dwelling on the NHL’s video games performed checklist. The damaged-down forward, who’s in his 22nd season, received’t remain in fourth for prolonged. He is one game a long way from passing Jaromir Jagr for third.
Sharks: Chmelevski, who grew up in Huntington Seashore, is the fourth California-born participant to play for the Sharks. It’s the principle time two California natives (Nieto and Chmelevski) contain suited up for San Jose in the connected game.
Geese: C Ryan Getzlaf did no longer play due to a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
The two groups meet again on Saturday. The Geese are 0-1 on the relieve finish of consecutive video games whereas right here is the principle Sharks relieve-to-relieve of the season.
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