Highlights: Niemi's stuggles continue as Sharks drop another shootout
The Sharks led 3-1 and 4-3, but the Jets forced overtime and won in a shootout. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
WINNIPEG – The Sharks surrendered two separate leads, including late in the third period, and lost in a shootout to the Jets at MTS Centre on Sunday, 5-4 in a shootout.
San Jose (10-2-5) dropped its fifth straight game, although it has gained points in four of them (0-1-4). The Sharks are just 1-4 when a game goes to a shootout.
San Jose squandered a man advantage to start the final frame, but Tyler Kennedy drew a trip on Matt Halischuk at 3:19. Forty seconds later, Dan Boyle converted on a slick Logan Couture backhanded pass through the slot to give the Sharks a 4-3 lead.
That’s where the game stood until late in the third period, but Andrew Ladd’s one-timer at 18:17 sent the game to overtime.
Patrick Marleau appeared to have it won in the extra session with two minutes to go, but his goal was waved off due to Tommy Wingels coming in contact with goalie Ondrej Pavalec. With 1:16 to go, Ladd hit the outside of the post, and it the game proceeded to the shootout.
Ladd was the only player to convert, as Couture, Wingels and Boyle all failed to score in the skills competition.
Winnipeg scored three second period goals and erased a 3-1 deficit before the end of the second period.
First, Matt Irwin couldn’t get a wrist shot through from the point and Halischuk raced the other way on a two-on-one. He fed Michael Frolik at 6:12 for a tap-in to get the Jets on the board.
Wingels gave the Sharks their two-goal cushion back just 41 seconds later, driving hard to the net and going top shelf on Pavalec. Wingels extended his career-high point streak to six games.
The Sharks’ fourth line got pinned in its own end less than two minutes after Wingels’ goal, though, and a point shot by Dustin Byfuglien beat Antti Niemi at 8:38. That marker seemed to give the Jets life, and they controlled the play for most of the rest of the period.
Winnipeg kept up the pressure and tied it on a Grant Clitsome shot that deflected in off of a Sharks player at 17:19 to make it 3-3.
The Sharks were getting outshot 10-2 in the first period when a generous tripping call drawn by Boyle on Ladd put them on the power play. Boyle’s one-timer from the high slot from Joe Pavelski found daylight for the defenseman’s third goal at 14:04.
One minute and 16 seconds later, Tomas Hertl got behind the Jets’ defense and skated in for a breakaway goal. Jason Demers’ tape-to-tape pass sprung Hertl, who is now tied for sixth in the league in goals and leads the Sharks with 10.
The Jets won consecutive games for the first time since the first two games of the season.
The Jets entered the game with the league’s second worst power play. They finished 0-for-2, and are just one for their last 44.
The Sharks finished 2-for-6 on the power play. The had won their previous 25 straight games when scoring at least two goals on the power play.
Niemi, who was pulled for the first time after allowing four goals to Vancouver on Thursday, allowed four goals for the fourth time in his last five starts. He finished with 42 saves and fell to 2-2-0 against Winnipeg/Atlanta. He has been in net for all five of the Sharks' losses.
Pavelec, who had a 41-save shutout over Nashville in his last appearance, allowed four goals on 34 shots and is 1-1-0 in his career against San Jose.
Irwin returned from a three-game absence as a healthy scratch. Brad Stuart came out after playing in the last 10 games.
The Sharks’ five-game road trip continues with a game in Calgary on Tuesday and continues with stops in Vancouver, Edmonton and Chicago. It is the longest road trip remaining on the 2013-14 calendar.
San Jose returns home to host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 21.