Sharks beat Jets 3-2 with seconds to spare

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Sharks beat Jets 3-2 with seconds to spare

Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.

Joe Pavelski won an offensive zone face-off to Logan Couture, who set up Vlasic for the winning goal past Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson.

Brent Burns and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks. Andrew Ladd and Jay Harrison had goals for Winnipeg in the only NHL game on Monday.

Harrison’s shot from the high slot on the power play got through Sharks goalie Antti Niemi’s pads at 4:03 of the third period to tie it 2-2.

The clubs entered the night holding both of the Western Conference’s wild-card playoff spots. The Sharks (21-14-5) moved into a tie with Vancouver and Los Angeles for second in the Pacific Division.

The Jets (20-13-7) killed two penalties in the final 10 minutes. Ladd was called for illegal contact to Karlsson’s head, and Paul Postma was whistled for delay of game.

Hutchinson, who entered with the NHL’s best save percentage and goals-against average, stopped 34 shots. Making his fifth start in six games, Hutchinson has received an increased workload at the expense of longtime starter Ondrej Pavelec.

Niemi made 17 saves in his eighth start in nine games.

The teams traded power-play goals in the first period, with Burns opening the scoring at 2:53.

AP




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