SAN JOSE,Calif. — The Devils had their season-high fourth consecutive win in sight — until they didn’t.
Logan Couture scored 38 seconds into overtime, lifting the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 comeback win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night that snapped a five-game skid.
Travis Zajac and Nikita Gusev each had a goal for the Devils, who blew a 2-0 lead in the second period. Cory Schneider stopped 27 shots.
“We wanted to play a certain way and we had success for 20 (minutes), and then for some reason we take that lead 2-0 and you think maybe it’s going to be easy and obviously in this league there’s nothing easy. They came out (in the second period), they played their style of game and we just never responded. We never got back to our game,” Devils interim coach Alain Nasreddine said.
“That’s a team we knew that they play north-south, and for us the minute we started going east-west and trying to get a little cute and trying to make plays in traffic, they went the other way and they made us defend for 40 minutes.”
Mario Ferraro and Marcus Sorensen each scored in regulation for San Jose. Martin Jones made 22 saves.
Couture scored the winner off a pass from Evander Kane, who found the Sharks captain wide open on the left side of the net for his 15th goal. Couture was playing his first home game and just second game overall since missing seven weeks with a broken bone in his left ankle.
Zajac was credited with the game’s first score and his seventh on an own goal midway through the first period. Zajac poked the puck past Jones and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic inadvertently swept the puck into the goal on his backswing while trying to clear it.
The Devils capitalized on a Sharks turnover to take a 2-0 lead with just under five minutes left in the first when Gusev took the puck away from defenseman Jacob Middleton deep in the Sharks zone and broke free for a breakaway goal.
The Sharks cut the lead in half early in the second when Ferraro scored his second goal on a wrist shot from the blue line.
They tied it on Sorensen’s short-handed goal – his seventh – at 15:58 of the second.
The Devils had won five of their previous seven and earned a point in 11 of their previous 14, going 8-3-3 over that stretch. … Schneider made consecutive starts for the first time since Oct. 12 and 14.