Logan Couture’s OT winner, with an octopus on the ice, lifts Sharks over Red Wings 3-2

The San Jose Sharks returned back to home ice Tuesday night, coming off a four-game road trip, to take on the Detroit Red Wings. During their recent road trip, exactly a week ago, the Sharks went to Detroit where they suffered a 6-2 loss.

San Jose got some good news Tuesday morning, as Logan Couture and Lane Pederson were available to play, having been taken off the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Erik Karlsson also returned to the Sharks lineup after missing the past two games due to an upper-body injury.

Adin Hill was in the crease for the Sharks for the third consecutive game, coming off two of his best performances of the season. In his past two games, Hill has made 66 saves on the 70 shots that he’s faced to lead the Sharks to back-to-back wins.

While the Sharks came into Tuesday night’s contest on a two-game win streak, the Red Wings were on a two-game skid, having lost both games after beating San Jose a week ago.

Timo Meier opened up the scoring with 5:36 left in the opening frame on the Sharks’ second power play of the game with his 15th goal of the season. Jonathan Dahlen skated towards the net and sent a beautiful backhanded cross-crease pass to Meier, who tapped the puck into the open net.

The Sharks took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission, along with a 12-6 advantage on the shot chart. San Jose was the better team through most of the first period, but Alex Nedeljkovic made some huge saves in net for the Red Wings to limit the damage.

Nedeljkovic continued his stellar play in the second period, where the Sharks again outshot Detroit 12-6. Tomas Hertl had two high-danger chances early in the middle frame, followed by a spectacular chance for Timo Meier, that were all miraculously saved by Nedeljkovic.

With the Sharks dominating play, things took a turn with 2:21 left in the second period when Mario Ferraro was sent to the box for holding Tyler Bertuzzi. Only 20 seconds into Detroit’s power play, Tomas Hertl tripped up Nedeljkovic who was out of his net to play the puck, giving the Red Wings a two-man advantage for 1:40.

The Sharks penalty kill did a great job for a majority of the two-man disadvantage but with one second left in Ferraro’s penalty, Tyler Bertuzzi tied up the game. San Jose would kill off the remaining 20 seconds on Hertl’s penalty and head to the second intermission tied 1-1.

Only 1:48 into the third period, Nick Leddy scored his first goal of the season to give Detroit a 2-1 lead. Leddy threw a soft shot towards the net from just inside of the blue line, that got by Adin Hill’s glove, on a shot that Hill would probably want to have back.

Not long after Leddy’s goal gave the Red Wings their first lead of the game, 1:30 to be exact, Jeffrey Viel scored his second goal of the season to tie the game right back up. Viel came soaring into the zone where he slid a shot towards the net before crashing into Nedeljkovic, causing the puck to find its way to the back of the net.

Just as they had all game, the Sharks dominated the rest of the third period but were unable to get another goal past Nedeljkovic. San Jose headed to overtime with a 39-18 advantage in the shot department.

Early into the extra five minutes, a fan threw an octopus onto the ice in the neutral zone during a faceoff. Seconds after the octopus hit the frozen surface, Logan Couture won the game with his 13th goal of the season. Brent Burns sent a puck to the net, that got behind Nedeljkovic, before Couture smacked the sitting puck into the back of the net.

For the second straight game, Brent Burns assisted on all three Sharks goals, giving him six assists in his last two games.

While not making it onto the scoresheet, Tomas Hertl was a standout in tonight’s contest, recording four shots on goal.

The Sharks will be back on home ice Thursday night when they take on the New York Rangers.

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