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Sharks rally past Jets with two goals in third period

Meier gives San Jose lead 1:29 after Karlsson ties it

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

Meier's go-ahead rebound goal

SJS@WPG: Meier buries rebound to put Sharks ahead

Timo Meier sweeps up the Kevin Labanc rebound past Connor Hellebuyck to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead in the 3rd period

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WINNIPEG -- The San Jose Sharks scored two goals in 1:29 in the third period to rally for a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Friday.

Timo Meier scored on the rebound of a Kevin Labanc redirection to give San Jose a 3-2 lead at 6:47 after Melker Karlsson tied it 2-2 at 5:18.

"I work well together with my line," Meier said of Labanc and Joe Thornton. "A big credit to them. We've been dangerous offensively but also trying to keep it tight defensively. Tonight, a big win for us, and that's obviously what matters most."


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The Jets were the last team in the NHL to lose when leading entering the third period. They were 19-0-0.

Marcus Sorensen scored for the Sharks (25-28-4), who have won three of their past four games. Aaron Dell made 18 of his 30 saves in the third period.

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

Video: SJS@WPG: Sorensen jams home rebound

Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg (29-25-5), which has lost two games in a row after a three-game winning streak. Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves.

"We were definitely battling and playing our hardest, but we were just a little bit off," Hellebuyck said. "It reflected on the shot clock, but we had the scheme, we just needed to amp it up a gear in the third, and they got some lucky bounces."

The Jets went 23:09 between shots on goal from 3:46 of the first period to 6:55 of the second.

"Certainly, we only had three (shots on goal) in the first period, that's not a high number for us. We'd like to get that number up a little bit," Wheeler said. "They got a pretty nice bounce on their second goal. Third one, I don't even remember. Their first goal, I don't know how that's not goaltender interference, guy gets pushed right into the net. We're going to disagree with that call."

Sorensen gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 14:51 of the first.

Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice challenged for goaltender interference, but the goal was upheld after video review showed Sorensen was making a play on the loose puck in the crease. Winnipeg was assessed a delay of game penalty for the unsuccessful challenge.

The Jets scored twice in 1:26 in the second period to take the lead. Connor tied the game 1-1 at 8:21 with a power-play goal, and Wheeler put them ahead 2-1 at 9:47 with a one-timer off a pass from Andrew Copp out of the right corner.

"I mean, it can kill you when it happens to you," Dell said of the quick goals. "But we handled it well and we didn't start running around and chasing the game and stuff. We calmed down and we answered back."

Video: SJS@WPG: Karlsson taps home the feed from Kellman


They said it

"He's playing heavy. 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." -- Sharks forward Evander Kane on Timo Meier

"I thought we got hung up in the neutral zone an awful lot tonight. We were away from the puck so we couldn't get anything clean, short support to get through with speed… We just got hung up at the line a whole lot of times, and when we did, we seemed to be looking for seam plays that aren't there this time of year." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice


Need to know

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns played his 1,100th NHL game. He has played 528 consecutive games for the Sharks, the second-longest active streak among NHL defensemen behind Keith Yandle of the Florida Panthers. Yandle leads active NHL players with 854 consecutive games played. ... Burns had an assist on Meier's goal and has five points (two goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. ... Meier extended his point streak to four games (three goals, three assists). ... Connor has nine points (four goals, five assists) in the past five games.


What's next

Sharks: At the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (5 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TSN3, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

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