SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 28: San Jose Sharks’ Nick Bonino (13) waits for a face-off against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN JOSE – Timo Meier scored the go-ahead goal with 8:42 left in regulation time to help lift the Sharks to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday at SAP Center.
Meier took a pass from Rudolfs Balcers, made a move to avoid a check near the top of the circles, and fired a wrist shot past Senators goalie Matt Murray for his seventh goal of the season and a 4-3 Sharks lead.
Meier added two assists, including one on a power-play goal by Nick Bonino late in the second period, as the Sharks improved to 2-1-0 on their four-game homestand that ends Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Matt Nieto and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks in the first two periods, and Logan Couture and Jake Middleton sealed the Sharks’ victory with empty-net goals in the final 64 seconds of the third period. Middleton’s goal was the first of his NHL career.
Bonino was alone in the slot when he took a centering pass from Meier and one-timed it on the Senators;’ net. The puck hit Murray but had enough oomph on it to slide across the goal line.