There were a couple of twists and turns that led to the Sharks' 3-2 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.
Winger Marcus Sorensen scoring the tying goal in the third period? Yes.
San Jose's penalty kill coming up big in overtime? Absolutely.
But nothing gave them a second life in Tuesday’s contest quite like Winnipeg's second-period goal that was challenged and overturned.
After it appeared Jets forward Mark Scheifele scored a power-play goal to give the Jets a 3-1 lead, the Sharks quickly challenged that the play was offside. After a quick wait, the officials ruled in San Jose’s favor.
“We got a big break on that goal that was called back,” Logan Couture told reporters in Winnipeg after the game. “So we wanted to take advantage of that and give ourselves the chance to win the game, and that’s what we did.”
The opportunity was thanks to Sharks video coach Dan Darrow, who signaled to the bench almost immediately that Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba carried the puck into the zone offside. Before Winnipeg could even try lining up for the next faceoff, the goal was under review.
“Danny in the video room made a great call,” Couture said. “Saw it right away, and with the confidence from the coaches I knew it was going to be called back.”
This was a slightly different response than the one coach Peter DeBoer had. Not that he isn’t confident in Darrow, but the Sharks’ bench boss just knows how much a game can hinge on a call like that.
“There’s so much at stake, it’s a huge swing if you get it wrong,” DeBoer admitted. “Changes momentum in the entire game. That’s a huge swing for us at that point.”
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DeBoer, like the rest of the team, praised Darrow for getting it right.
“Hat tip to him because that was a key moment,” the coach said. “Big call and a gutsy call.”
Being gutsy clearly paid off. The power-play goal would’ve put the Jets up two goals in a period they were dominating.
Instead, the score stayed 2-1, and the Sharks were able to build momentum on their way to a victory. That’s a big deal against a Winnipeg team that had won seven in a row at home.
“Going down 3-1 in this barn is tough,” defenseman Justin Braun said of the overturned goal. “That was big.”