Devils nip Sharks in shootout to snap three-game skid

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Damon Severson scored successful the 3rd circular of a shootout and the New Jersey Devils snapped a three-game skid with a 3-2 triumph implicit the San Jose Sharks connected Saturday night.

Janne Kuokkanen scored for New Jersey with 2:56 near successful the 3rd play to unit overtime.

Ryan Graves besides scored and goalie Jonathan Bernier turned backmost 25 shots for the Devils, who went to overtime connected the roadworthy for the 2nd consecutive day.

Jonathan Dahlen and Rudolfs Balcers had the goals for San Jose, which was seeking its 3rd consecutive triumph but blew a brace of leads.

“Watching (Severson) successful practice, we saw a batch of times wherever helium dominated our goalie, truthful we decided adjacent clip we person a shootout … we’d usage him,” Devils manager Lindy Ruff said.

“It was a cleanable scenario.”

Severson was little than cleanable successful Friday’s 3-2 overtime nonaccomplishment to the Los Angeles Kings, and Ruff addressed his concerns astir immoderate captious mistakes successful a speech betwixt the 2 earlier successful the day.

Damon Severson scores the game-winning shootout extremity   connected  James Reimer to springiness  the Devils a 3-2 triumph  implicit    the Sharks.Damon Severson scores the game-winning shootout extremity connected James Reimer to springiness the Devils a 3-2 triumph implicit the Sharks. AP

“It’s a large feeling arsenic a player, particularly erstwhile you get that ballot of assurance from your coach. I deliberation (Ruff) made you guys alert we had a bully speech this morning,” Severson said.

“It’s not 1 of those things that happened past crippled that you’re conscionable going to fto descent … and past erstwhile you get to decorativeness a crippled similar that and enactment an icing connected the barroom to our roadworthy trip, that’s a immense extremity and a large feeling.”

New Jersey was 0 for 4 connected powerfulness plays, and the Sharks went 1 for 3.

Sharks goalie James Reimer made 26 saves.

Balcers enactment San Jose up astatine 4:48 of the 2nd play with his 2nd extremity this play and 4th constituent successful 3 games.

Mario Ferraro took the puck heavy into Devils territory and kicked it retired to an unfastened Balcers, who slipped his changeable past Bernier.

Graves tied it precocious successful the 2nd with his archetypal extremity of the play erstwhile helium scored disconnected Nico Hischier’s walk astatine 16:45. Michael McLeod was besides credited with an assist.

The Sharks took a 2-1 pb astatine 4:21 of the 3rd erstwhile Dahlen scored connected a powerfulness play. He fired a changeable from the apical of the ellipse done postulation that recovered the apical country of the net.

The extremity came aft Kuokkanen was called for high-sticking.

“I thought we played truly hard tonight,” Ferraro said.

“It could person gone either way. … I thought (Reimer) played a immense game, made immoderate large saves for us. Sometimes it conscionable doesn’t spell your way, but I thought determination was a batch of upside.”

Brent Burns had 2 assists for San Jose — his seventh and eighth — to widen his constituent streak to 4 games.

Nick Merkley besides had an assistance to propulsion his constituent streak to 3 games.

“I thought we had a large homestand with each the guys retired owed to COVID. I thought determination were acold much positives than negatives,” Ferraro said. “Can’t fto losses similar this bring america down.”

San Jose was short-handed, with 7 players and manager Bob Boughner successful COVID-19 protocol.

“It’s ever disappointing to lose, but I’m rather blessed with the effort and the committedness the guys showed,” acting manager John MacLean said.

Devils defenseman Christian Jaros (hand) was placed connected injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 4. New Jersey recalled D Colton White from Utica, its AHL affiliate. … Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton (lower body) missed his 2nd consecutive game. He’s day-to-day.