Is­lan­ders lose to Sharks on goal in last minute

New York’s of­fen­sive woes on road con­tinue as streak with­out a reg­u­la­tion win gets ex­tended

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Josh Dubow AP Sports Writer

Pa­trick Mar­leau scores with 22.5 sec­onds left to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the New York Is­lan­ders.

In­stead of sag­ging af­ter giv­ing up a late ty­ing goal, the San Jose Sharks went on the at­tack.

Pa­trick Mar­leau scored with 22.5 sec­onds left and the Sharks re­bounded af­ter giv­ing up a goal 35 sec­onds ear­lier to win their third straight game, 3-2 over the New York Is­lan­ders on Fri­day.

“It was just get right back out there and go af­ter it,” Mar­leau said. “You don’t like to see an­other team ty­ing it up that late in the game, but I think we had the right mind­set go­ing right back out there and try­ing to get the win right away.”

Nick Leddy had tied it for New York with a one-timer off a feed from John Tavares with 57.1 sec­onds left, but the Sharks bounced back quickly.

Brent Burns took a shot from the point that Mar­leau de­flected in the slot past Thomas Greiss for the win­ner that helped San Jose im­prove to 7-2 at home this sea­son.

“It’s big to get a win af­ter Thanks­giv­ing,” Burns said. “You al­ways worry if the legs are go­ing to show up, or if the tur­key’s go­ing to show up. It’s nice to see the boys were skat­ing and work­ing.”

Joe Pavel­ski and Burns scored 34 sec­onds apart in the sec­ond pe­riod, and backup Aaron Dell made 26 saves for the Sharks. Dell has earned both of his wins this sea­son against the Is­lan­ders

An­ders Lee scored his third goal in two games for New York, and Greiss made 25 saves. The Is­lan­ders have one win in eight road games this sea­son and no reg­u­la­tion wins of any kind since Nov. 7. This marked the sec­ond straight game New York al­lowed the tiebreak­ing goal in the fi­nal three min­utes of reg­u­la­tion.

“It’s just frus­trat­ing,” coach Jack Ca­puano said. “For what­ever rea­son right now, hockey gods aren’t with us.”

Af­ter a list­less start in the rare home mati­nee that saw the Sharks trail­ing af­ter Lee’s power-play goal, San Jose took over the play mid­way through the first pe­riod. Joe Thorn­ton missed the net on a penalty shot and Greiss was sharp early against his for­mer team to keep New York in front.

But a quick flurry early in the sec­ond pe­riod changed that and put San Jose in con­trol. It started fol­low­ing a de­fen­sive zone face­off for the Sharks af­ter an ic­ing. Matt Ni­eto had a quick break­out pass to Chris Tier­ney, who fed an open Pavel­ski on a two-on-one for a one-

timer that tied it.

Less than a minute later, Burns’ shot from just in­side the red line de­flected off de­fense­man Calvin de Haan’s stick and beat Greiss to put San Jose up 2-1.

“It was just a knuck­lepuck,” Greiss said. “Those hap­pen with the funny bounces. You don’t want to let them in but some­times it hap­pens.”

The Is­lan­ders have strug­gled to score away from home with just 15 goals in eight road games. Cap­tain John Tavares has none of them and missed a golden chance at a po­ten­tial ty­ing

goal in the sec­ond pe­riod against San Jose.

Af­ter Burns turned over the puck in his zone, Bai­ley fed Tavares for what looked like an easy tap-in into an open net. But Tavares pushed the puck wide and the Sharks re­mained on top 2-1.

Tavares then was stopped in front early in the third pe­riod as Dell came up big in just his third ca­reer start.

“He does have a great de­meanor for a backup goalie,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “He works hard. He’s com­posed. There’s no panic. I think our team feeds off of that.”

NOTES

San Jose F Tommy Win­gels left in the first pe­riod with an undis­closed in­jury . ... Is­lan­ders F Cal Clut­ter­buck re­turned to the lineup af­ter miss­ing one game with an upper-body in­jury . ... D David Sch­lemko re­turned to the Sharks af­ter be­ing scratched with an ill­ness Wed­nes­day.

UP NEXT

Is­lan­ders: Host Cal­gary on Mon­day.

Sharks: Host Ana­heim to­day to fin­ish off backto-back games.

MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Is­lan­ders goalie Thomas Greiss stops a shot by the Sharks’ Kevin La­banc dur­ing the first pe­riod of Fri­day’s game in San Jose, Calif.

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