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GOTTA SEE IT: How Did Meier Find Karlsson for OT Winner?



Credit: NBC Sports California

Timo Meier has been lighting up the lamp late in games this season, but this time, he gave a gift.

Meier set up defenseman Erik Karlsson’s game-winning goal at the 39-second mark of overtime to secure a 2-1 victory for the San Jose Sharks over the New York Islanders at UBS Arena.

“I was screaming at Dean [Morton] because he didn’t call a penalty,” Karlsson said with a smile, when asked if he called for the puck during the 2-on-1 rush in overtime. “I knew there was a chance Timo would find me. He’s got some good vision going for himself right now. He made the perfect pass and I just had to tap it in.”

Karlsson says Meier might have heard him yelling at Morton, hence the winger’s blind but accurate centering pass.

Karlsson scored his 28th career game-winning goal — third with the San Jose Sharks — while Timo Meier picked up his 13th assist and team-leading 24th point on the play.

The sequence started with San Jose Sharks netminder Adin Hill making a flashy save at the other end, kicking the puck around the corner boards that ultimately sprung the breakout of Karlsson and Meier.

Karlsson, the puck carrier, and Meier, the racing power forward, dashed 200 feet toward the offensive zone. The two-time Norris Trophy winner connected with No. 28 in teal on a seam pass through Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech, leaving Meier all alone.

Meier couldn’t get off a backhand shot on Islanders’ goaltender Ilya Sorokin, but quickly gathered himself from the edge of the trapezoid, spun around, and slung a pass through two sticks to Karlsson in the blue paint for the simple tap-in.

“Meier made a great play on the overtime winner,” San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner said. “Our big guys that are putting the points up are guys we have to rely on every night and they delivered.”

With the overtime victory over the Islanders, the San Jose Sharks improved to 3-0 on the road trip and 8-5-0 overall away from SAP Center.

“We got it done,” Karlsson said. “It was a big win for us. Going into the game against the Rangers tomorrow is going to be an even tougher game.”

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