NHL: Duchene’s OT winner caps Sens’ 4-goal comeback against Sharks

OTTAWA, ON – Matt Duchene scored his second of the game seven seconds into overtime as the Ottawa Senators capped a four-goal comeback with a 6-5 win over the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Down 5-2 to start the third period, the Senators (13-17-9) got goals from Derick Brassard, Duchene and Mike Hoffman to tie the game. Ryan Dzingel and Mark Stone also scored for Ottawa and Craig Anderson made 30 saves.

Tomas Hertl led the Sharks (21-13-5) with two goals. Melker Karlsson, Chris Tierney and Brett Burns also scored. Aaron Dell stopped 37 shots.

Brassard made it 5-3 in the opening minute of the third, beating Dell from a sharp angle. Duchene cut the lead to one, scoring off his backhand and Hoffman tied the game with his first goal in 15 games, midway through the period to send the 16,061 at Canadian Tire Centre into a frenzy. The Senators fired 17 shots in the third period alone.

The Sharks took a 4-1 lead early in the second, scoring back-to-back power-play goals.

Anderson gave up a big rebound and Tierney was there to pick it up, beating the goalie glove side on the first goal. Less than two minutes later, Burns took a great pass from Logan Couture and beat Anderson with a one-timer for his seventh of the season.

The Senators got one back on the power play as Dzingel found Stone, who beat Dell far side.

San Jose regained its three-goal lead on Hertl’s second of the night as Anderson struggled to handle a bouncing puck on a wraparound and watched it bounce in through his legs.

San Jose scored the game’s first goal while shorthanded. Hertl, on a breakaway, scored his first of the game at the six-minute mark.

The Senators tied the game on a nice goal by Dzingel but the Sharks regained the lead just over two minutes later when Karlsson tipped in Joakim Ryan’s point shot.

Ottawa’s Nate Thompson left the game early in the first with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Notes: Ottawa C Zack Smith returned to the Senators lineup after missing the last five games with a shoulder injury. D Fredrik Claesson was a healthy scratch. Sharks RW Joel Ward was a healthy scratch to give the veteran the night off.