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.
“It was just a big goal for us at the time and obviously for him, too,” coach Derek Lalonde said. “It was a huge gut punch giving up that two-goal lead. But our guys hung in there and made a play and we found ourselves up.”
“We almost buckled, but we didn’t,” Perron said. “We stayed strong and that was great. A good two points.”
“I thought we had a chance to get some points," Reimer said. "Unfortunately, we couldn’t get it done. I don’t have to wait for the question — I know I wasn’t good enough tonight.”
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.
“I’m really proud of the guys. Got thoroughly outplayed, outcompeted in the first period,” Lalonde said. “I challenged the guys a little bit and we really flipped that second period. We started winning those battles, flipped the game, took the lead.”
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.
“He’s feeling himself," Labanc said. "He’s got that skill where the puck just doesn’t seem to leave his stick.”
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