Timo Meier capped a three-point game by scoring the game-winning goal midway through the third period, leading the host San Jose Sharks to a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.
Matt Nieto, Tomas Hertl, Nick Bonino, Logan Couture and Jacob Middleton also scored for the Sharks, who have won two straight games. Goaltender James Reimer made 26 saves.
Josh Norris, Brady Tkachuk and Connor Brown scored for the Senators, who are on a three-game losing skid and have posted only one victory in their last 10 games (1-8-1). Matt Murray stopped 23 shots.
The Sharks were dominating play in the offensive zone when Rudolfs Balcers sent a pass to Meier in the high slot, and he converted a top-corner wrist shot with 8:42 left in regulation to break a 3-3 tie.
Couture and Middleton, his first career goal, rounded out the scoring with empty-net goals in what had been a back-and-forth affair.
Nieto finished an odd-man rush to open the scoring. While on his off wing, he snapped a shot from near the right faceoff dot for his first goal of the season at the 7:16 mark.
Norris evened the count with his eighth goal of the season. The Senators raced up the ice to generate one of their first legitimate scoring chances, and Norris buried a rebound at 13:38 of the first.
Hertl restored the San Jose lead with a highlight-reel worthy goal 47 seconds into the second period, finishing a long rush and give-and-go by ripping a shot from the left faceoff dot for his eighth goal of the campaign.
Tkachuk pulled the hosts even again by redirecting Thomas Chabot’s pass for his fourth of the season at 14:38 of the second period.
Brown’s third goal of the season, a rebound tally, gave Ottawa its first lead of the game 93 seconds later, but Bonino made his 700th career game more memorable by netting a power-play goal with 30.9 seconds left in the second period. It was Brown’s first goal — and first point — of the season, making it a 3-3 affair.
–Field Level Media