Burns scores in OT, lifts Sharks to 5-4 win over Maple Leafs
TORONTO (AP) Brent Burns banked the winning goal off Toronto center Peter Holland's leg 2:13 into overtime, lifting the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Matt Nieto scored in regulation for San Jose, and Martin Jones had 28 saves.
Holland, Leo Komarov, James van Riemsdyk and Michael Grabner scored for the Maple Leafs, who played their third overtime game in a row and 10th of the season. Jonathan Bernier allowed three goals on 27 shots after replacing injured goaltender Garret Sparks and fell to 0-8-3 this season.
Nieto scored the tying goal with 8:11 left in the third period.
A tripping penalty on Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau opened the door for the Sharks to take a 1-0y lead 2:01 into the game. Six seconds into the power play, Brent Burns fed a wide-open Pavelski for his 15th goal of the season.
Pavelski moved ahead of Steven Stamkos for the second-most goals in the NHL since the 2012-13 lockout with his 109th – trailing only Alex Ovechkin (150).
With Leafs defenseman Matt Hunwick in the penalty box for hooking, the Sharks needed a 30 seconds to score their second power-play goal of the night. Marleau fired a shot through Roman Polak's legs that beat Sparks clean with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the first.
Sparks bolted to the bench immediately after Marleau's goal on San Jose's 15th shot and went down the tunnel, leaving Bernier to handle the rest of the game.
Bernier's teammates made sure he didn't have to shoulder too heavy of a load as they turned the play around after being outshot 15-5 with Sparks in net.
About 3:16 after Bernier entered the game, Holland took advantage of a turnover by Vlasic to pull the Maple Leafs to 2-1.
Komarov tied the score 4:50 into the second, extending his career-best goal total to 11. Toronto took the lead with 46 seconds left in the period as van Riemsdyk beat Jones from below the goal line.
Joffrey Lupul had a chance to make it 4-2 with 0.9 seconds left with a wide-open net, but clanked his shot off the crossbar.
Grabner did give Toronto a two-goal lead at 1:59 of the third with the Sharks struggling in their own zone.
Vlasic scored through traffic to get a goal back for San Jose just over a minute later.
Bernier stopped Chris Tierney on a penalty shot that again brought the best out of the crowd.
NOTES: Leafs F Nick Spaling suffered an upper-body injury off a faceoff in the first minute of the game and did not return. … With an assist on Komarov's goal, Frankie Corrado recorded his first point with Toronto in his second game since being claimed off waivers. … Toronto native Barclay Goodrow was a healthy scratch for San Jose.
- Brent Burns
- Garret Sparks
- Joe Pavelski
- Jonathan Bernier
- Leo Komarov
- Marc-Edouard Vlasic
- Martin Jones
- Matt Nieto
- Michael Grabner
- Patrick Marleau
- San Jose Sharks
- Toronto Maple Leafs