SAN JOSE -- For the second straight game, the Sharks took the ice without a couple of key pieces of their lineup. For the second straight game, they were able to get to overtime against a tough team.
And for the second game in a row, captain Logan Couture tallied the game-winning goal in the extra period, this time leading San Jose to a 2-1 victory over the visiting New York Islanders at SAP Center.
Here are three takeaways from Saturday's game.
Hats off to the penalty kill
While the Islanders entered Saturday's game with a middle-of-the-pack power play, San Jose gave them plenty of opportunities to get on track.
But the Sharks' penalty-kill unit stole the show, as the team killed off all seven penalties it took on the evening. When things looked particularly dicey in the final minutes of the second period and Brock Nelson nearly chipped in the go-ahead goal, Martin Jones was there with the save. San Jose still takes too many penalties, but at least the penalty kill remains a dominant force.
Jones kept them in it
Jones wasn't just solid on the penalty kill -- although, his point-blank stop on Jordan Eberle during the Islanders' fifth power play might have been the difference in the game. After sitting out the previous game, he was impressive overall in his return between the pipes.
In fact, Jones got better as the game went on. New York built up momentum over the course of the contest and was able to pin the Sharks in their own zone and run up the shot tally. Had Jones not been so solid, the Isles could have run away with the game.
Speaking of which …
Weathering the late-game push
Again, Jones deserves the bulk of the credit for keeping the Sharks in the game when the Isles gained momentum late. But the team in front of him deserves some credit for keeping its composure against a squad that came into Saturday's contest riding a 16-game point streak.
On multiple occasions earlier in the month, San Jose ran out of gas and allowed the opponent to score late goals. But against the Islanders, the Sharks didn’t lose steam after spending so much time in the penalty box and were able to generate some good offensive zone time late in regulation. It was the perfect setup for getting to overtime so Couture could bury the game-winner.