Palmieris second goal off a backhand at the left post 37 seconds into the third period tied the game 2-2 before Jean-Sebastien Dea gave the Devils their first lead when he knocked in a loose puck along the goal line at 3:25.
Keith Kinkaid made 37 saves for the Devils (3-0-0), who denied the Sharks on three power-play opportunities. Kinkaid made five saves in the final 1:50 during a too-many-men minor when San Jose held a 6-on-4 advantage.
“Everybody was sacrificing their bodies; the Sharks are a shoot-mentality team so they throw everything to the net,” Kinkaid said. “I think we did a good job systematically and I just had to make the saves.”
“Keiths played great and hes made some big timely saves,” said Palmieri, who has a three-game goal streak. “Hes kept us in games or given us momentum when maybe things were getting sloppy in our own end. Hes done more than you can ask of a starting goalie, and hopefully he continues to make those saves.”
Palmieri scored on a two-man advantage to tie the game 1-1 at 7:06 into the second. Taylor Hall (two assists) sent a pass from the right-wing boards into the left face-off circle to Palmieri, who became the fourth player in NHL history to score multiple goals in at least three consecutive games to open a season, joining Patrick Marleau (four games in 2012-13), Peter Stastny (three games, 1982-83) and Cy Denneny (three games, 1917-18).
“Ive never had a start like this in the NHL, thats for sure,” Palmieri said. “Being able to come out with two points and be 3-0-0 after our first full week of games is the start we were looking for, and hopefully we keep it going.”
Joe Pavelski and Timo Meier scored and Martin Jones made 33 saves for the Sharks (2-3-1), who played the last of a five-game road trip.
“Were not scoring enough and not getting enough saves; its a bad combination,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “We have to find a way to get another goal a night, and part of that is power play and part of that is 5-on-5. We have to find a way to get another save a night. Part of that is defending a little tighter and part of that is getting another save.”
Palmieri, who had 24 goals last season, scored on a rebound in the crease 37 seconds into the third period to tie the game.
Meier scored off a snap shot from the left face-off circle 15:35 into the second period to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead.
Pavelski scored off a rebound from the slot 3:51 into the second to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. The goal was Pavelskis 700th NHL point (320 goals, 380 assists) in 894 games.
“This game felt like a couple of the others we lost,” Pavelski said. “It was right there for us. A few chances on the power play, all those situations. We expect to win these, and thats why they are frustrating right now.”
“I think when you lose games youre not doing many things correct. Were not scoring enough, were not creating enough Grade A looks. Our power play has not been good. There are lots of reasons.” — Sharks forward Logan Couture
“I told him after the second period, dont stop at one goal. Hes scoring different goals too. He scores when theyre bouncing off of him, on the power play, and hes at net front. Thats his game and we need him to continue to do that. I dont know if realistically we can count on him for two a game but hes done it for three, so why not keep it going.” — Devils captain Andy Greene on forward Kyle Palmieri
Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson was in the lineup after missing practice Saturday because of an illness. He had six shots on goal in 25:04 of ice time. … Palmieri established a Devils record for the most goals (six) by a single player through their first three games of a season. … Devils coach John Hynes (113-105-30) moved within one win of equaling DeBoer (114-93-25) for second place on their all-time list. Jacques Lemaire is the all-time leader with the Devils in seven seasons (276-166-57-10). … Devils center Travis Zajac was 14-for-18 on face-offs.
The San Jose Sharks and New Jersey Devils meet up on Sunday after both teams had Saturday night off and should be ready to go.
The Devils meanwhile have some impressive wins under their belt and still have one of the best goalies in the league in Corey Schneider alongside the Hart Trophy winner in Taylor Hall from last season. New Jersey is even money at home and will likely receive some sharp money as the Sharks are in the midst of a lengthy road trip and may see this game as an overlook but they havent been in action for quite some time and should be well rested in a game that caters to their style of play.