Meier lifts Sharks past Flyers in OT

Meier received a pass from Logan Couture on a 2-on-1 and scored his second goal of the game on a one-timer in the slot. He has 11 goals in the Sharks’ first 14 games, passing Patrick Marleau (10, 2012-13) for the team record.

“My goal is to help the team win games and to do as much as I can,” Meier said. “I’m not a numbers guy. I’m not focusing on numbers, only to be the best player I can be.”


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Nolan Patrick, Jordan Weal and Jakub Voracek scored, and Oskar Lindblom had two assists for Philadelphia (6-7-1), which had won two straight. Calvin Pickard made 31 saves in his first start since Oct. 18.

“I don’t like the way we lost the game tonight and that’s that,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. “But we had a lot of guys that battled hard tonight and that part I like. We came into a tough building, we fought for a point. We wanted the next point.”

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Meier lifts the Sharks

Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton scored, Kevin Labanc had two assists and Martin Jones made 22 saves for San Jose (7-4-3), which had lost two straight.

Thornton, who was playing in his third straight game after missing the previous nine with an infection in his surgically repaired right knee, tied it 3-3 at 15:03 of the third period, beating Pickard glove side from the top of the left circle.

It was Thornton’s first goal since Jan. 21.

“I feel better,” Thornton said. “There are periods I feel great and times not so good. It’s starting to come. It’s a work in progress.”

Said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer, “Great for [Thornton]. Great for him to get one. He’s been through an awful lot, worked for months here to get back. I think it’s appropriate that he was the guy that got us back in the game. So that was awesome.”

Patrick gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 37 seconds into the first period, converting a tic-tac-toe play from in front on a 3-on-2.

Meier tied it 1-1 at 3:15 with a tap-in off a cross-crease pass from Tomas Hertl.

Weal scored to make it 2-1 at 16:40, but Pavelski scored a power-play goal at 10:35 of the second period to tie it 2-2.

Voracek gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead at 19:30 with a one-timer in the slot on a delayed penalty.

“I really thought we showed up to play,” DeBoer said. “Even early in the game. We were down, they got two chances and put them both in. But other than that, I thought through the first and a lot of the second period we were really pushing them and creating some things and putting some pressure on them. It was just one of those games. We stuck with it.”

Video: PHI@SJS: Meier taps in a beautiful pass from Hertl


They said it

“They came through the neutral zone with a lot of speed on that play, they were able to push it to the outside. [Joe] Thornton made a good shot.” — Flyers coach Dave Hakstol on Thornton’s goal in the third period

Video: PHI@SJS: Thornton goes upstairs with pinpoint wrister


“I felt confident coming in tonight. I thought for the most part I was pretty solid, but the work never stops. Back at it tomorrow.” — Flyers goalie Calvin Pickard


“As a team we battled back. It was a huge effort by us to stay positive and it showed on the ice. They scored quick and we wanted to answer quick. That was a huge character win for us.” — Sharks forward Timo Meier


Need to know

Hertl left the game at 12:26 of the second period following a collision along the boards with Flyers defenseman Christian Folin. DeBoer said he was hit in the head but had no update on his status. … Couture has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in a career-high nine game point streak. … Lindblom has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past three games. … Patrick has five points (two goals, three assists) in the past three games. … The Sharks were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and have gone eight straight games without allowing a power-play goal (21-for-21 in that span).


What’s next

Flyers: At the Arizona Coyotes on Monday (9 p.m. ET; FS-A, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

Sharks: Host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, FS-N, NHL.TV)

Video: Meier scores twice, including OT winner vs. Flyers

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