Sharks Down Jets – Pavelski Gets OT Winner

WINNIPEG — Joe Pavelski had a short-handed goal 2:49 into overtime to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Pavelski’s 29th goal of the season came on a two-on-one with Brent Burns after a Winnipeg turnover, giving the Sharks a three-game win streak to start off a four-game road trip.

He also had an assist in regulation time.

San Jose Sharks Joe Pavelski Winnipeg Jets Connor Hellebuyck
San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski scores the game winning goal in overtime on Winnipeg Jets’ goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

The Jets ended a three-game win streak and a roll of seven consecutive victories at home.

Logan Couture and Marcus Sorensen had San Jose’s other goals. Kevin Labanc contributed a pair of assists.

Blake Wheeler and Mathieu Perreault scored for the Jets (34-16-3) and Connor Hellebuyck made 35 saves.

Martin Jones stopped 25 shots for the Sharks (31-16-7).

Sorensen’s 11th of the season tied it up at 2:35 of the third when he flipped puck bouncing in the crease into the net.

San Jose had its third power play of the game with six minutes left in the third. Winnipeg got its fourth man advantage with 1:35 remaining and carried it over into overtime. Soon after it was over, the Sharks were called for too many men 1:20 into the extra time.

Jets head coach Paul Maurice, 52, reached a milestone in the game, becoming the youngest coach in NHL history to hit 1,500 games (682 wins), and the sixth coach to achieve the mark.

He and San Jose head coach Peter DeBoer go back a long ways. Maurice was a second-year head coach for a Detroit junior team in 1994 and DeBoer was his first-time assistant. DeBoer was coaching his 300th game for the Sharks Tuesday and 794th overall NHL game.

The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period and Winnipeg led 2-1 after two.

Wheeler scored his 11th goal of the season, and team-leading 65th point, at 3:08 of the first when his shot went between the legs of Sharks defenceman Justin Braun and over Jones’s glove.

Couture tied it up on the power play at 10:54 with a shot that went through traffic as Winnipeg defenceman Josh Morrissey was lying on the ice after blocking a shot with his leg. He returned briefly to skate around just before the second period began, but left and the team announced he wouldn’t return.

Couture extended his point streak to four games with three goals and three assists. Pavelski assisted on the goal. He has three goals and five assists in his four-game point run.

Perreault’s 11th goal of the season, and 300th NHL point, gave Winnipeg the lead 52 seconds into the middle frame. Tyler Myers picked up an assist, extending his point streak to four games with one goal and three assists.

The Jets had a power-play goal by Mark Scheifele wiped out midway through the second after DeBoer successfully challenged for offside.

Jones made a stop on Scheifele during Winnipeg’s third power play of the game nine minutes into the third, and Hellebuyck then denied Tomas Hertl on a breakaway after he came out of the penalty box.

Winnipeg heads out for a three-game road trip starting Thursday in Montreal. San Jose’s western Canadian road trip continues in Calgary the same day.

Judy Owen, The Canadian Press