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Hertl nets hat trick, Eklund notches game-winner in OT as Sharks rally past Islanders, 5-4

Curtis Pashelka, Bay Area News Group on

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Tomas Hertl started an unlikely third-period rally for the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday against the New York Islanders.

William Eklund finished it for the Sharks’ most stunning victory of the season.

Eklund scored with six seconds left in overtime as the Sharks beat the Islanders, 5-4, at at UBS Arena.

Hertl scored goals 1:41 apart late in the third period, tying the game after the Sharks trailed by three goals with 11:33 left in regulation time.

Kevin Labanc started the Sharks’ rally, tipping a Nikita Okhotiuk shot last Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin with 8:05 left in the third period.

How unlikely was the win? The Sharks were 0-15-0 this season when trailing after two periods.

 

The Sharks appeared headed to their third loss in four games after the Islanders took a 4-1 lead on Ryan Pulock’s goal at the 8:27 mark of the third period.

The Sharks also gave up a power play goal to Brock Nelson at the 5:27 mark of the second period to fall behind 2-1. Earlier in the third period, Mike Reilly scored shorthanded for a two-goal New York lead.

On Nelson’s goal, with Sharks defenseman Kyle Burroughs serving a hooking penalty, the Islanders were able to gain entry into the San Jose zone before Bo Horvat sent a pass to a trailing Noah Dobson. He quickly found Nelson on the other side of the ice.

Nelson then carried the puck closer to the net and fired a wrist shot past goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, as the Sharks gave up a power-play goal for the fourth straight game.

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