Alexander Barabanov has been the Sharks' most accurate shooter this season, and he came through once again Monday night in overtime to complete a 2-1 win over the red-hot Carolina Hurricanes at SAP Center. The goal put a four-game Carolina winning streak to an end in San Jose.
Barabanov now has three goals in eight shots this season, to go along with five assists.
Tomas Hertl was the man who set up the finish for Barabanov with an impressive pass after nearly losing the puck to Carolina goaltender Antti Raanta.
Kevin Labanc evened the game at 1-1 with 3:54 remaining in the third period, as the Sharks' offense struggled to get going early.
"Those are the games that you got to find a way, and with us being down 1-0 it was a big goal and it was a great win against a great hockey team," Labanc said postgame.
The Hurricanes picked up a point with the overtime loss and now are tied for the NHL lead in points (29) with the Florida Panthers, while the Sharks once again are in the bottom half of the Pacific.
A win does elevate the Sharks to a tie for fifth in the Pacific with the Los Angeles Kings.
San Jose will be back on the ice Wednesday at home against the Ottawa Senators.