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Hertl's OT Goal Lifts Sharks Over Flyers

SAN JOSE (AP) -- Tomas Hertl scored with 30.1 seconds remaining in overtime and the San Jose Sharks spoiled a dazzling debut by Philadelphia goaltender Felix Sandstrom with a 3-2 victory over the Flyers on Thursday night.

The 24-year-old Sandstrom made 43 saves in his first NHL appearance, but couldn't stop Hertl from close range late in overtime after a good setup by Erik Karlsson.

Hertl also had an assist and extended his career-best points streak to eight games for San Jose.

Logan Couture scored a short-handed goal and Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks. James Reimer made 23 saves. San Jose has returned from a COVID and Christmas break by winning back-to-back games.

Joel Farabee tied the game with 4:03 remaining in regulation and Morgan Frost also scored for the Flyers, who extended their points streak to seven games. Philadelphia is 5-0-2 since last losing in regulation, a 3-0 loss at New Jersey on Dec. 8.

The Sharks took a 2-1 lead into the third after Couture and Brent Burns scored two minutes apart in the second period.

They appeared to be in good shape after killing off 1:56 of a two-man advantage while allowing only two shots on goal.

But after San Jose failed to add onto the lead on its own power play, Farabee tied the game when he beat Reimer from the circle on a rush.

This Sharks took control in the second period when Couture and Burns scored two minutes apart.


The Flyers opted against giving goalie Martin Jones the start in his first game back in San Jose after being bought out by the Sharks over the summer.

Jones won 170 games in six seasons with the Sharks for second-most in franchise history and helped them reach their only Stanley Cup Final in 2016. But he had an .896 save percentage the past three seasons and the Sharks bought out the final three years of his contract.

Jones is 6-4-1 with a .911 save percentage in Philadelphia after making 34 saves in a 3-2 overtime win in Seattle on Wednesday. Playing an overtime game, combined with the fact that the Flyers didn't get to their hotel until 4:30 a.m., led to the decision to start Sandstrom instead of Jones.

"We don't want to put Jonesy in a tough spot," interim coach Mike Yeo said. "Would have liked for him to be able to play against his former team. Given the workload, I think it's wise to put a fresh body in there tonight."


The Sharks placed defenseman Mario Ferraro in COVID-19 protocol just before the game and activated forward Jonathan Dahlen from protocol.

The Flyers placed center Sean Couturier on injured reserve with an upper-body injury and designated him as week to week.


Sharks: Visit Pittsburgh on Sunday.

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