SAN JOSE, Calif. - Joe Thornton scored a power-play goal 1:49 into overtime, and Evgeni Nabokov earned his 30th victory of the season with 31 mostly spectacular saves in the San Jose Sharks' 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
Marcel Goc scored an early goal for the Sharks, and Nabokov kept his teammates in a one-sided game with one big save after another, despite Jason Chimera's tying goal for the Blue Jackets in the third period.
Captain Patrick Marleau won a key faceoff in overtime, and Sandis Ozolinsh got the puck to Thornton for a shot that apparently went under Marleau's stick and between the legs of Fredrik Norrena, who made 20 saves in San Jose's second victory in the first three games of a six-game homestand.
The Blue Jackets are winless in five of their last six outings despite outshooting San Jose 26-5 in the first two periods. But Nabokov was impenetrable, even stopping Rick Nash's penalty shot in the second period with a nifty poke-check when the Columbus star got too close.
Columbus finally evened it during 4-on-4 play with 12:47 to play when Chimera tipped home an exceptional backhand pass from Michael Peca during a rush.