Sharks winger Timo Meier avoided a serious injury on Thursday night as his leg collided with New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelek in the middle of the third period.
Meyer, however, remained in the game and made a crucial play to help the Sharks secure another win away from home.
Eric Carlson scored at the 39-second mark of overtime with an assist from Meyer to give the Sharks a 2-1 win over the Islanders on their first visit to the UBS Arena in Elmont, NY.
Carlson and Meier went 2-on-1 in the islanders’ field. Carlson made an early saucer pass to Meyer, who had driven the puck off his stick and into the back of the Islanders net. But he fed it back to Carlsen, who beat Ilya Sorokin for his fifth goal of the season as the Sharks improved to 3-0-0 on this five-game road trip.
Maier also assisted Nick Bonino in a first-period goal and now has nine points from his last five games.
“It was really scary, seeing Timo down,” said Sharks coach Bob Boffner. “We can’t afford to lose a man like that and thank God he was fine.
“He came back and made a great play on the overtime winner, so we heaved a sigh of relief there and got away with one.”
Sharks goalkeeper Edin Hill made 23 saves in regulation time as he made his first start since November 20 and won his first game since November 9 in Calgary.
New York began the scoring in just 64 seconds on a goal scored by Matt Barzal, who beat the Hill High blocker side with a shot from a faceoff dot on the left side of the Sharks’ net.
The Sharks (13-9-1) regained that goal with 10:50 to go first, as Bonino scored his third in five games with a graceful pass from Jonathan Dahlen, which was struck by Jean-Gabriel Pejo. But a goaltender was after the intervention call. Finished.
The Sharks beat the Islanders 27-17 in two periods. Isles goalkeeper Ilya Sorokin made 15 saves in the second period and blocked six shots on the three Sharks’ powerplays in the first 40 minutes.
The Sharks injured Jonah Gadjovich early in the first period.
Gadjovich was skating for the blue line inside the Sharks’ defensive zone when he intercepted a shot from Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson. The puck seemed to have slipped through the inside of Gadjovich’s left leg, and was struggling to put any weight on the leg before falling on the ice.
Gadjovich stayed down for several seconds as he was introduced by chief athletic trainer Ray Tufts. Again, as he was helped out of the snow by his teammates, he was unable to bear any weight on the foot.
After the game Boffner said that Gadjovich attempted to come back but could not put any pressure on his leg “and he felt a little bit in it for a while.”
Boffner said X-rays on Gadjovich’s ankle were negative. “He was in too much pain to come back,” he said.
Gadjiovich, who had been claimed exemption by San Jose from the Vancouver Canucks before the start of the regular season, was playing his 13th game for the Sharks. He has one assist and averages 9:58 of ice time per game.
Hill was making his second start in the last nine games as James Reamer got the bulk of the work done. In five games in November, Hill was 1-3-0 with the Pedestrians. Save 901 percent and against a 2.92 goal-average.
Hill, however, came to Reimer’s relief in the Sharks’ 4–1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 26 and stopped facing all 16 shots in 26 minutes. For the season, Hill had a 4–5–0 record, averaging 2.94 goals against and a saving percentage of .897 in 10 games.
pay attention: The Sharks recalled defenseman Nicolas Meloche and handed the barracuda to Sentry Hatakka. Hatakka’s last NHL game was in St. Louis on November 18, as he was a healthy scratch from the previous six games.
“He wants to play and he thinks he’s got some opportunity here, and we’ve told him some things he can work on,” Sharks coach Bob Boffner said of Hatakkah ahead of Thursday’s game. . “But he’s happy just to play and to be back in sporting shape.”