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Sharks blow lead, top Ducks on Meier goal in OT

Forward scores second of night at 2:14 after Anaheim rallies from down two

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Timo Meier scored his second goal of the game at 2:12 of overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday.

Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, and Rourke Chartier scored his first NHL goal for the Sharks (6-3-2), who are 4-0-1 in their past five games. Martin Jones made 27 saves.

"It was a big win by us," Meier said. "We had a tough schedule last week. We stuck with it, we stayed positive, and got two huge points."


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John Gibson made 45 saves, and Pontus Aberg scored two goals for the Ducks (5-5-2), who have lost five straight.

Aberg tied the game 3-3 at 8:36 of the third period when he forced a turnover at the San Jose blue line and spun around defenseman Joakim Ryan with a series of moves before beating Jones.

"Their [defenseman] turned his back after my first move," Aberg said. "I tried to pull it back. It worked out."

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Meier gets 1st OT winner

Chartier gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead at 2:13 of the second period, spinning and shooting in one motion from the slot after getting to the rebound of a Tomas Hertl shot.

Meier, who was plus-4, had an assist on the goal to extend his NHL career-high point streak to eight games (seven goals, four assists).

Meier made it 3-1 at 4:10 when Couture centered the puck to him for a one-timer that squeezed between Gibson's glove and left hip.

"I think we scored three good goals," San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson. "We could have had a few more. [Gibson] is a great goaltender, and you know, he sees the puck and he is going to make saves."

Aberg got Anaheim to within 3-2 at 16:59, beating Jones short side from the left face-off circle for his first goal with the Ducks since being claimed off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 1.

"It was a confidence builder," Aberg said.

The Sharks entered the game 5-1-2 when scoring first, and they took a 1-0 lead when Couture scored at 2:34 of the first period.

Hertl sent a shot wide, but the puck caromed off the end boards and out the opposite side to Couture, who shot it in before Gibson could slide over.

Josh Manson tied the game 1-1 with a backhand shot at 4:16. He retrieved the puck along the wall in the Sharks zone, passed it to Ryan Getzlaf above the right circle, and then cut to the net. Getzlaf passed it back to Manson near the right dot, and he skated in front of the net before backhanding it past Jones for his first goal of the season.

Getzlaf had two assists and has four points (two goals, two assists) in the past two games.

Meier appeared to score at 13:06 of the second period to give San Jose a 4-1 lead, but Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle challenged, and the goal was overturned by video review that determined Meier was offside.

"There was a big swing in the second period when our goal was disallowed," coach Peter DeBoer said. "I thought we had an opportunity there to probably put them away, and we wouldn't have come down to what it did, but that's hockey."

The Ducks, who are allowing the most shots on goal per game in the NHL (39.1) and generating the fewest (24.5), were outshot 19-8 in the first period and 34-17 through the second.

"Even though we played well in the third, there are things we can do a lot better," Manson said. "We're still giving up a lot of shots. We have to get to the bottom of that."

Video: SJS@ANA: Meier scorches Couture's dish into the twine


They said it

"Even though we let them back in the game at the end of the second period, I think we stuck with it and did the best we could with everything that we've got to come away with two points." -- Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson


"We have to come to work again. It's all about buying into our system and doing the things we want to do, having fun again, and trying to play hockey at a high level." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf


Need to know

Couture has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in a six-game point streak. … Sharks defenseman Brent Burns had an assist on Couture's goal in his 400th consecutive game to extend his point streak to eight (two goals, 11 assists). … Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg returned after missing the previous five games with a fractured fingertip. He had two shots on goal in 19:39. … The Ducks had not lost five in a row since an 0-4-1 stretch from Oct. 22-29, 2015. … Aberg scored multiple goals for the first time in 74 NHL games. … Anaheim recalled defensemen Jacob Larsson and Andy Welinski from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Sunday. Welinski had an assist on Aberg's first goal.


What's next

Sharks: Host the New York Rangers on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSCA, MSG, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, SN1, FS-W, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

Video: Meier scores in overtime to lift Sharks to 4-3 win

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