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San Jose Sharks cough up late lead, lose to Anaheim Ducks in overtime

John Klingberg scored 68 seconds into overtime as the Anaheim Ducks came back to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Friday at Honda Center.

Tomas Hertl lost the puck near the Sharks’ blue line and Mason McTavish took over. He passed the puck to Troy Terry, who found Klingberg for a one-timer from the slot that beat Sharks goalie Kaapo Kahkonen.

Timo Meier scored twice and Matt Nieto and Steven Lorentz each added one goal as the Sharks wrapped up their season series with the Ducks with a 1-0-3 record.

McTavish scored with 6:47 left in the third period to tie the game 4-4. The goal came after a giveaway by Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who was looking to pass to Evgeny Svechnikov inside the Sharks’ zone.

The Sharks challenged the play for offside, feeling Adam Henrique did not get back onside before the puck was carried into the San Jose end. But after a lengthy review, the goal was ruled to be good, resulting in McTavish’s second goal of the game and ninth of the season.

Meier was credited with two second-period goals and finished with a staggering 10 shots on net for the Sharks, who were looking to win consecutive games for just the fourth time this season,

Matt Nieto and Steven Lorentz also scored for San Jose and goalie Kahkonen finished with 24 saves.

Kahkonen was also in net for the Sharks’ 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last Sunday at United Center.

Meier tipped two shots by Kevin Labanc past Ducks goalie Stolarz in the second period as the Sharks took a 4-3 lead. Initially, Labanc still received credit for the goals, which came at the 10:16 and 13;20 marks of the second period.

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The Sharks outshot the Ducks 32-15 during 5-on-5 play through two periods.

The Sharks host the NHL-leading Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

Nieto and Lorentz both scored in the first period, with Lorentz’s goal at the 6:03 mark giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead.

On the play, Jonah Gadjovich, fished the puck out of the corner and fed the puck back to Karlsson, who fired the puck toward the net. Lorentz redirected the puck past Ducks goalie Anthony Stolarz for his fourth goal of the season, giving Karlsson assists in 14 straight games.

Karlsson has two goals and 20 assists in his 14-game point streak, as he’s remained the NHL’s points leader among defensemen with 54.

Only seven NHL defensemen in the last 30 years have had point streaks of at least 14 games. He is also now the fifth blueliner in league history with assists in 14 straight games, following  Paul Coffey (17 GP in 1985-86), Brian Leetch (15 GP in 1991-92), Phil Housley (14 GP in 1992-93) and Bobby Orr (14 GP in 1970-71)

Mistakes led to the Sharks’ first two goals against, as the Ducks tied the game 2-2.

A Marc-Edouard Vlasic turnover later led to Trevor Zegras’ 11th goal of the season at the 6:38 mark, and on a 4-on-4. McTavish skated around a tired Karlsson in the Sharks’ zone and put a pass right on the stick of Ryan Strome, who redirected it past goalie Kahkonen at the 14:15 mark.

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