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GOTTA SEE IT: Barabanov Sends Sharks to OT with Buzzer-Beater



Credit: NBC Sports California

The San Jose Sharks were dead in the water.

Down 2-0 after the first period and 3-2 after the second period and 4-3 with literally seconds left, it looked like the Sharks were on their way to their fifth straight loss.

Then Alexander Barabanov delivered a buzzer-beater with 0.6 seconds remaining to tie the game, just the fourth last second goal to tie a game in San Jose Sharks history:

Per Darin Stephens, Pat Falloon accomplished this feat on Feb. 28, 1992 at Montreal, Patrick Marleau on Jan. 16, 1999 versus Calgary, and Evander Kane on Jan. 22, 2019 at Washington.

Here’s how Timo Meier, who assisted on the goal, his third point in a dominant night, saw it: “I just tried to somehow get it down to him, really close there. I think it was 0.6 seconds left. Like I said character [from us], that was nice to get the chance to go to overtime.”

There was a review, but both Meier and Tomas Hertl said that they saw the Barabanov bid beat Thatcher Demko before the buzzer.

Unfortunately, the San Jose Sharks were unable to squeeze out that much-needed second point against their division rival, who they’re vying with for a playoff spot.

The Sharks with 49 points are six behind final wild card berth holder Los Angeles Kings, while the Canucks are three back.

It was truly a roller coaster affair tonight — just look at some of my tweets:

But the points are what count in a season that’s slipping away from the San Jose Sharks.

Head coach Bob Boughner kept a brave face though: “If we play the way we did the last two periods, we’re going to get our fair share of points down the stretch.”

They look to stop their losing streak on Sunday against Jack Eichel and the Vegas Golden Knights.

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