Meier puts Sharks ahead to stay in 5-2 win over Vegas

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Timo Meier broke a tie on a power play with 2:47 remaining and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 on Tuesday night.

In winning their third straight to close out a fourgame road trip, the Sharks handed Vegas its second consecutive home loss after it had won nine straight, including six on the road.

It marked the fifth time in six meetings the road team won in what’s been an intense rivalry since Vegas entered the NHL in 2017. It was just the second time the Sharks ever beat Vegas in regulation during the regular season.

And with the Sharks’ regression the past couple of seasons, and Vegas’ domination of the series, some have insinuated the rivalry has simmered.

Meier thought otherwise. “Definitely for us, it still is (a rivalry),” Meier said. “For us, we just want to win the game against them and it feels nice. If they don’t think it’s a rivalry, we don’t really care. We won today so that’s all we really care about.”

Luke Kunin, Matt Nieto, Logan Couture and Mario Ferraro also scored for San Jose, and James Reimer made 22 saves.

“Before this trip, we really put an emphasis on coming out of it with a winning record, and the last few games have been comefrom- behind wins and haven’t been easy, but I think our group just stuck with it,” Nieto said.

Since starting the season 0-5-0, the Sharks are on a 5-4-3 run as they head home for three games.

Jack Eichel and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Vegas. Logan Thompson, who had his six-game win streak snapped, stopped 24 shots.

After Meier’s eighth goal this season made it 3-2, Couture and Ferraro added empty- netters to provide the final margin.

Just after the Golden Knights killed off a penalty, Eichel scored his 10th goal of the season when he onetimed a pass from Shea Theodore from the far side of the left circle to give Vegas a 1-0 lead with 3.9 seconds left in the first period. It was Eichel’s 400th career point.

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