SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Thomas Greiss stopped 40 shots, Brock Nelson scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period and the New York Islanders rallied to beat the slumping San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Saturday night.
The Islanders improved to 1-1 on their three-game, five-day West Coast trip. The Sharks are 1-3 on their season-opening five-game homestand.
Nelson made it 2-1 at 13:33 of the second period, capitalizing on an open look in front of the goal after Joshua Ho-Sang’s pass from behind the net.
The Sharks led after Kevin Labanc’s power-play goal at 4:16 of the first. Labanc was in the left circle when he rebounded a deflection and fired a wrist shot that slipped through Greiss’ pads.
The Islanders tied it when Anders Lee tipped one in at 17:02 of the first.
Cal Clutterbuck scored an empty-net goal at with 1:10 left in the game.
The Islanders failed to score on three power plays. The Sharks penalty killing unit hasn’t allowed a power-play goal in 12 chances over its last three games.
The Sharks had a short-handed scoring chance after Joakim Ryan was called for holding at 14:33 in the third period, when Greiss turned away Chris
Tierney’s shot in front of the goal.
NOTES: Islanders C Alan Quine (wrist) is with the team on its West Coast trip and has been practicing. He’ll likely go to Bridgeport of the AHL on a conditioning assignment if he’s ready when the team returns home on Monday. … RW Clutterbuck (hip) was in Saturday’s lineup after missing the last three games and C Jordan Eberle was on the ice a day after missing Friday’s practice with an injury he suffered in practice the previous day. … Sharks D Paul Martin missed a second straight game with a lower body injury. Coach Pete DeBoer said the injury is day-to-day.
Islanders: At the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night.
Sharks: Host the Montreal Canadians on Tuesday night.
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