November 22, 2019 / 6:21 AM / 19 days ago

Couture's OT goal lifts Sharks past Knights

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Nov 21, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during team warm ups wearing a jersey in support of Hockey Fights Cancer before a game against the San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Logan Couture scored the overtime game-winner, and goaltender Aaron Dell provided a scintillating performance to backstop the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night in Las Vegas.

Dell, San Jose’s backup goalie, made 37 saves — including four in overtime — to earn his squad its seventh win in eight games.

Couture provided the winning goal at 3:20 of OT, his fourth tally of the season. He was sprung on a breakaway thanks to a pass from Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and he snapped home a shot from the slot. The Sharks are 3-1 in overtime/shootout games this season.

The goal finished a fantastic goaltending battle, especially from Dell. He was crucial for the Sharks to be in the game despite being grossly outplayed. The hosts outshot San Jose by a 24-8 count through the first 31 minutes.

Then, in the first minute of overtime, the goaltenders matched breakaway saves. Dell denied William Karlsson, and then Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury turned away Kevin Labanc at the other end.

Despite the Golden Knights’ dominance through the first two periods, it was San Jose’s Timo Meier who broke the scoreless deadlock 86 seconds into the middle frame. Meier won a footrace to get the puck just outside his own zone and gain a step on the defender. He held off the check and from the slot slipped a backhander just inside the far post for his sixth goal of the season.

Vegas was finally rewarded just before the midway point of the third period when Brayden McNabb tied the game with his second of the season. A sharp-angled shot rebounded all the way to McNabb at the left point, and he fired from just inside the circle, finding the mark to make it a 1-1 game.

Fleury made 27 saves for the Golden Knights, who had won two straight.

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