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Barbanov’s OT goal gives San Jose Sharks desperately needed win

SAN JOSE – Alexander Barabanov scored 1:42 in overtime to give the Sharks a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday,

After a tripping penalty to Carolina defenseman Brett Paes expired, Barbanov, stationed at the edge of the Hurricanes net, took a pass from Tomas Hertl and scored for his third goal of the season, mostly blank goalkeeper Antti Ranta.

Sharks goalkeeper James Reimer finished with 22 saves as the Sharks won just the second time in their last six games.

The Sharks began overtime on the power play with a pace-off for tripping with 22 seconds remaining in the third period.

The Sharks had only nine power-play opportunities in their last five games before Monday and no chance with Man Advantage in games against the Winnipeg Jets on November 11 and the St.

The Sharks made only a few goalscoring chances in the first two periods. When Sharks produced some quality looks, it was usually due to their top line of Timo Meier, Logan Couture and Rudolphs Balsers.

That trio had nine of the Sharks’ 16 shots in 40 minutes as they trailed the Hurricanes 1-0.

Tony DiAngelo took control of the puck inside the Sharks’ blue line and overtook Reimer for his fourth goal of the season at 1:16 of the second period.

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The Sharks got that goal back near the start of the third period.

A loose puck was made after a forecheck by Jasper Weatherby inside the cans zone, LaBlanc took control and used a wrist shot for his third of the season to hit Carolina goalkeeper Antti Ranta on the 3:54 mark of the third. The goal broke an eight-game goalless drought for LaBlanc, whose other four points this season came on the power play.

James Reimer was making his third start in the last four games and playing his first game against the Hurricanes since signing a two-year deal with the Sharks in July.

Reimer had a 29-11-4 record in 47 games over two seasons with Carolina from 2019-2021, and finished his time in Raleigh, NC with a .910 save percentage and 2.66 goals-average.

So far this season, Reimer has played as well as one could have hoped for.

Reimer came in on Monday with a .938 saving percentage and 1.98 goals—compared to the average in nine games—the best total of his 12-year career so far.

The Sharks’ home games continue with games against Ottawa on Wednesday and Toronto on Friday.

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