SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Moritz Seider scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:06 to play and the Detroit Red Wings overcame a four-point game from Erik Karlsson to beat the San Jose Sharks 7-4 on Thursday night.
Karlsson rallied San Jose back from a 4-2 deficit in the third period with his third assist and then the tying goal in a span of less than three minutes.
But then Seider answered 2:23 later when he took a pass from David Perron and beat James Reimer for his first goal of the season. Pius Suter added an insurance goal and Dominik Kubalik scored an empty-netter to help the Red Wings snap a four-game losing streak.
Detroit controlled play in the second period and wore down the Sharks with long shifts in the offensive zone, taking a 3-2 lead on goals from Perron and Walman.
The Sharks fell behind 4-2 in the third before tying it when Karlsson's shot deflected off a Detroit defender and past Husso.
Karlsson is off to a sizzling start with nine multipoint games in 19 contests this season. He has 11 goals and 17 assists overall, with his 28 points tied for the second-most for a defenseman in his team’s first 19 games since the 1989-90 season.
Karlsson set up the first goal when he caught a pass, dropped the puck and sent a backward pass between his legs to Labanc, who scored on a one-timer.
After Hronek tied the game, Karlsson sprung Nieto with a long pass and he skated through four defenders before beating Husso with a backhand to make it 2-1.
Former Sharks coach Bob Boughner returned to San Jose for the first time since being fired after last season. He had a 67-85-23 record for the Sharks from 2019-22. Boughner, now an associate coach for Detroit, was acknowledged on the video board in the second period.
Red Wings: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
Sharks: Host the New York Rankers on Saturday night.
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Josh Dubow, The Associated Press