WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier scored in an 89-second span in the third period to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.
Marcus Sorensen also scored for the Sharks, who are 4-3-0 in their last seven games.
Aaron Dell made 29 saves for San Jose.
Kyle Connor scored his team-leading 29th goal of the season with some highlight-worthy moves on the power play, and Blake Wheeler had a goal and assist for the Jets.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 32 shots for Winnipeg, which was playing the fourth game of a season-long six-game homestand (2-2-0). The Jets are 4-3-1 in their last eight games.
The Sharks led 1-0 after the first period and the Jets held a 2-1 lead after two.
Sorensen’s sixth goal of the season at 14:51 of the first counted after a Winnipeg coach’s challenge was unsuccessful. Sorensen banged in a loose puck from a crowded crease, but the Jets claimed it was goaltender interference because Hellebuyck’s pad was pushed.
The Sharks outshot the Jets 13-3 in the first period.
Connor and Wheeler gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead with goals 86 seconds apart in the second.
With former Jets forward Evander Kane in the penalty box for interference, Connor got a pass from Wheeler near the edge of the crease. He moved the puck between his own legs with a backhand, then changed to the forehand and shot the puck past Dell at 8:21.
Wheeler scored at 9:47 with a high one-timer through traffic.
The Sharks held a 24-14 advantage in shots on goal after the second period.
Karlsson and Meier made it 3-2 with goals at 5:18 and 6:47 of the third.
Meier, who scored the winner off a rebound, has six points (three goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak.
Veteran San Jose defenceman Brent Burns picked up an assist on Meier’s goal in his 1,100th NHL game. It was also the 34-year-old’s 528th consecutive game, the second-longest active streak among defensemen behind Florida’s Keith Yandle (854).
Winnipeg went on the power play with 6:43 remaining in the third after Kane crushed Jets defenseman Neal Pionk from behind into the boards.
The Jets put six shots on Dell with the man advantage, but his glove knocked away a shot by Wheeler and a blast by Patrik Laine was blocked.
Winnipeg sent a flurry of shots at Dell in the final minute, with one hitting the post and Dell smothering another.
NOTES: Winnipeg was 1 for 3 on the power play and San Jose 0 for 3.
Sharks: At Minnesota on Saturday.
Jets: Host Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
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