Logan Couture scored the overtime winner for the second straight outing and the host San Jose Sharks handed the New York Islanders a rare setback with a 2-1 overtime win Saturday night.
Goaltender Martin Jones made 27 saves for the Sharks, who have won eight of nine games.
Couture converted a play with Evander Kane halfway through the overtime frame for his fifth goal of the season.
The Islanders fell in overtime, but continued their point-collecting run. New York has gone 17 games without losing in regulation time, posting a 15-0-2 record in that span.
Following a scoreless opening frame in which the Sharks outshot the visitors by a 13-7 count and collected the first eight shots of the game, the clubs traded goals 27 seconds apart in the second period.
San Jose’s Marcus Sorensen opened the scoring at the 6:38 mark, his fourth goal of the season. After New York’s Brock Nelson was denied on a breakaway opportunity, the Sharks raced down the ice and completed a perfect two-on-one which ended when Mario Ferraro fed a pass that Sorensen redirected into the net.
Casey Cizikas evened the score in the blink of an eye. While the Islanders were buzzing in the offensive zone, a rebound went all the way to Adam Pelech at the left point. Pelech fired a point shot that bounced off Cizikas and into the net for his fourth goal of the campaign.
San Jose’s top-ranked penalty kill was a huge factor in the outcome. The Sharks stopped six New York power plays, including two in the third period.
The night featured top-notch goaltending from both teams. Jones made a clutch save on Anthony Beauvillier in the third period.
Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves. He made clutch third period stops on Sorensen and Patrick Marleau.
—Field Level Media