Sharks ride Joe Pavelski’s hat trick to victory

DETROIT — After being dominated in the first period, the Sharks owned the last 40 minutes.

Joe Pavelski got his fifth career hat trick, with two of his goals coming less than a minute apart late in the second period, and San Jose beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 on Sunday.

The Sharks’ comeback came a day after they were beaten by Columbus 4-0, a game in which All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson aggravated a groin injury. Karlsson did not play against the Red Wings.

“I thought it was great the way we responded in the last two periods,” Pavelski said. “We knew we were coming off a bad game last night. That’s why it was so important for us to step up and play the way we did in the last two periods.”

San Jose trailed 2-1 after a first period in which it was outshot 15-5. Then, Red Wings defenseman Mike Green made it 3-1 eight minutes into the second, with his fifth goal of the season.

The Sharks finally turned the tide late in the second, scoring three times in 2:55 late in the period to take a 4-3 lead. Pavelski, the team’s captain, got the last two, 55 seconds apart.

Brett Burns got the offense going, bringing San Jose within 3-2 with his 13th goal with 6:10 left in the second.

“I thought that shot turned the entire game around. We’re down 3-1, we win a faceoff and he puts it in,” Pavelski said about Burns’ goal, which came on a wrist shot from the left point. “We all know he’s got that shot in his locker and we needed it right there. Then we get a power-play goal and we got rolling.”

Pavelski’s power-play goal with 4:10 left in the second tied the score at 3-3 and he gave the Sharks the lead with 3:15 remaining in the middle period. He completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal with a minute left for his 35th of the season.

Burns also had an assist and defenseman Tim Heed also scored for San Jose, which outshot Detroit 32-8 in the last two periods and held the Red Wings without a shot for more than 26 minutes in the second and third periods.

Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Logan Couture had two assists each and Aaron Dell made 20 saves for the Sharks.

Green also had an assist and Darren Helm and Gustav Nyquist scored for Detroit. Justin Abdelkader had two assists and Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots.

“We just didn’t have the same dig. I thought those two quick goals just crushed us,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We spent the rest of the game just trying to get the puck out of our zone to get a line change.”

Paul Harris is an Associated Press writer.

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