Kevin Labanc scores in shootout, Sharks top Senators 4-3

San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc shoots the game-winning goal against Ottawa Senators goalie Mike Condon during a shootout in the NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc shoots the game-winning goal against Ottawa Senators goalie Mike Condon during a shootout in the NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Kevin Labanc scored the lone goal in four rounds of a shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.

Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns and Chris Tierney scored in regulation for San Jose, and Martin Jones made 29 saves.

On Tuesday night in Toronto, Logan Couture scored the only goal in a shootout in the Sharks’ 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs.

Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris and Dion Phaneuf scored for the Senators, and Mke Condon stopped 26 shots. Ottawa has lost three straight, its longest losing streak of the season.

“It’s definitely a solid game,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher. “We had a lot of character. … We showed the players were dedicated and they wanted to pay the price and they wanted to be better than our previous game.”

Ottawa was without Turris for much of the third as he sat in the penalty box after being handed a 10-minute misconduct at 19:40 of the second. Marc-Edouard Vlasic got tangled up with captain Erik Karlsson and appeared to spear him late in the second period. Turris went after Vlasic and ended up with a minor penalty for instigating, a major for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct.

“I’m down in the corner battling and I lose my stick and the play is gone and I’m reaching for it and he tries to pitchfork me in the face and I’m lucky that I’m looking down,” Karlsson said. “As far as I’m concerned that’s a dangerous play. It’s intentional and I’ve got to give it to Turris for sticking up for me.”

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said he had no update on Couture.

“It’s the way it is sometimes, emotions get high,” Sharks forward Joe Thornton said. “Hopefully, (Couture) is OK. I haven’t seen him yet. It’s an emotional game, what can I say.”

Patrick Marleau appeared to score on the power play, but the goal was challenged and upon review was ruled offside. The Sharks were 0 for 7 on the power play.

Phaneuf gave the Senators the lead with a power-play goal with 3:46 to go, and Tierney beat Condon with a wrist shot to tie it with 2:28 left.

NOTES: The Senators recognized Chris Neil before the game for playing 1,000 NHL games. Neil is the third player in Senators franchise history to reach the milestone. “It was an emotional night for me,” admitted Neil. “(The team) were all behind me doing their hardest to get the two points.” … San Jose RW Joonas Donskoi, D Mirco Mueller and D Dylan Demelo were healthy scratches.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At Montreal on Friday night in the third game of the Canadian swing. They will finish the four-game trip Sunday at Chicago.

Senators: Host New Jersey on Saturday night.

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