|Date of game: 12/20/2014
Recap: San Jose vs. St. Louis
San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brent Burns scored with 38 seconds remaining in overtime, lifting the San Jose Sharks to a dramatic 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
The Sharks tied the game on Marc-Edouard Vlasic's goal with 20.6 seconds remaining in regulation and the goaltender pulled, then skated 4-on-3 thanks to Alexander Steen's tripping infraction with 2:03 remaining in overtime.
Joe Pavelski skated up to the right circle and dished the puck to Burns, who stepped into the pass and blasted it past the blocker of Jake Allen for the win.
"We buckled down and found a way to get back into it," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said.
Andrew Desjardins also scored and Antti Niemi stopped 18-of-20 shots for the Sharks, who have won eight straight home games.
Patrik Berglund and Steve Ott each lit the lamp for the Blues, who have dropped two in a row on the heels of a five-game winning streak.
"We played extremely well, but we didn't get the job done," Ott said. "We made some mistakes and those mistakes unfortunately were in the last minute of the game and in overtime as well."
Allen made 27 saves in defeat.
After the Sharks pulled Niemi with under a minute to play, Vlasic received Joe Thornton's slick cross-ice pass and wristed a low shot off Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo's skate and through the legs of Allen to send the game into overtime.
Patrick Marleau barreled in on net from the right circle, but had his quick shot denied by Allen with 1:29 to play in the extra session.
After a scoreless first period, the Sharks struck first at 10:47 of the middle stanza. Desjardins fought off a check from Pietrangelo and fired a shot under the arm of Allen.
Pietrangelo blasted a shot from the point and Berglund backhanded a rebound into the net for a tie game with 5:31 to play in the second.
Ott put the Blues ahead 2-1 after he took Maxim Lapierre's lead pass into the San Jose zone on a breakaway and beat Niemi with a low wrister at 17:21 of the second.Game Notes
Thornton tied Phil Esposito for 22nd place on the NHL's all-time assists list
with 873 ... Blues forward David Backes played in his 600th career game ...
Pietrangelo extended his point streak to seven games ... The Sharks improved
to 13-2-2 this season when scoring first.