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GAME STORY: Sharks 3, Devils 2 OT

Logan Couture scored 38 seconds into overtime as the Devils dropped a 3-2 decision in San Jose

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

SAN JOSE, CA - The Devils skated out to a 2-0 lead but the San Jose Sharks rallied and ultimately defeated the visitors in overtime on a goal by Logan Couture 38 seconds in. 

Nikita Gusev and Travis Zajac tallied the goals for the Devils who have picked up points now in four straight games. 

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"We got away from our game. Everything we did in the first period, we kept it simple. We advanced the puck behind them," said Devils interim head coach Alain Nasreddine. "I don't know if we thought it was going to be easy but we got away from our game in the second period."

The Devils got on the board first with 8:51 to go in the opening frame. After Miles Wood drove the puck to the net, the Devils swarmed it and during a wild scramble, Travis Zajac whacked away at the puck a couple of times before it finally found its way behind Sharks netminder Martin Jones and in.

Devils had another scoring chance 40 seconds after their goal but Jones kicked out his right pad to deny Jesper Bratt at close range. 

With less than five minutes to go in the first, Nikita Gusev stripped Jacob Middleton of the puck and then outwaited Jones before firing the puck in glove side to double the Devils lead. 

After one, shots on goal were 11-6 for the Devils.

Mario Ferraro took a shot from the right point which found its way past a screened Cory Schneider to cut the Devils lead in half two minutes into the middle frame. 

Just over a minute later, Lean Bergmann tripped up Damon Severson, resulting in the first full Devils power play of the game but Devils were unable to convert. 

Cory Schneider made a great stop sliding over to deny Timo Meier with his glove on a chance in front of the net with 13:49 to go in the second.

Devils went back to the power play with five minutes to go in the second after Evander Kane was sent to the box but it was the Sharks that would capitalize. 

Marcus Sorensen and Joel Kellman skated in on a shorthanded two on one. Kellman spotted Sorensen who quickly put it into the open side of the net and tied the game up at 2-2.

Shots on goal in period two were 12-6 for the Sharks; 18-17 overall for San Jose.

"We stopped moving our feet. Didn't stick to the game plan. You saw how effective we were in the first, making them defend and the rest of the game we just didn't do it," Kyle Palmieri remarked. 

Nico Hischier echoed Palmieri's remarks.

"We had a really good first period. Played the right way but for some reason didn't come out the same way and they made us pay. In this League you can't afford to play 40 minutes or 30 minutes. You have to play the full 60 minutes," Hischier noted. "We came in here with a 2-0 lead and everyone felt too comfortable. Didn't play the right way. Tried to go on our own page a little bit. We should learn from that."

Sharks opened the third period with a pair of power plays and used that to continue their momentum from a strong second. Shots on goal 13 minutes into the third were 10-2 for San Jose. 

Devils power play had a chance to steal back some of the game's momentum after Radim Simek was sent off for two minutes for delay of game with 5:54 to play but Sharks were able to kill it off. 

At the end of regulation, shots on goal were 28-24 for the Sharks; 10-7 San Jose in the third. 

38 seconds into overtime, Logan Couture picked up the puck at the side of the net and put it into the open cage to give the Sharks the win. 

"We didn't like the second period," said Nasreddine. "It was a lot of the same in the third period. That's what I didn't like. We never got back to our game after that first 20.

"We defended hard but we did a lot of it, unfortunately, in the second and third. Schneids was good, kept us in the game and we managed to get a point."

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