Karlsson scores to lift Sharks over Flyers 1-0 in overtime
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Melker Karlsson scored 3:45 into overtime and Martin Jones made 34 saves in his third shutout of the season, giving the San Jose Sharks a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
Joonas Donskoi set up the game-winner on a 2-on-1 with Karlsson, who took the cross-ice pass and shot high past goalie Steve Mason. Paul Martin also was credited with an assist.
It was the fifth straight road win for the Sharks, who improved to 4-0 on their six-game road trip and 8-3 away from home this season. San Jose has won each game by one goal during its road winning streak.
It also was the 13th win in 14 games for San Jose against the Flyers, and the Sharks' eighth straight victory in Philadelphia. The Flyers last defeated the Sharks at home on Dec. 21, 2000.
Philadelphia dropped its sixth in a row at home, matching its longest skid since April 2011.
The Sharks began overtime with a 4-on-3 power play for 1 minute, 42 seconds, after Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds was whistled for tripping late in the third period. Patrick Marleau, one point from 1,000 in his career, had an opportunity for the game-winner 1:20 into the extra period, but Mason denied him from close range.
Jakub Voracek broke free for the Flyers a minute later, but his wrist shot from the slot on a near breakaway was turned aside by Jones.
It was a defensive struggle for 60 minutes in regulation.
Philadelphia's best chance in the third period came with 2 1/2 minutes left when Voracek's attempt from right in front of the crease was stopped by Jones. But neither team generated much else in the way of quality chances.
The Sharks outshot Philadelphia 10-6 in a scoreless first period. San Jose's Justin Braun had one of the best chances of the period with 14 minutes left, but his backhand try from close range was stopped by Mason.
The Flyers picked up their offense in the second period, outshooting San Jose 15-5. Perhaps Philadelphia's best opportunity came when Brayden Schenn's slap shot with 9:04 left was gloved by Jones.
NOTES: Mason made 20 saves. … The teams meet for the second and final time during the regular season on Dec. 30 in San Jose. . Philadelphia's last home win came Oct. 24 against the Rangers. . Flyers D Evgeny Medvedev was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. . Mason dropped to 6-9-2 against San Jose, while Jones earned the win in his first career game against the Flyers.