Reimer gets 26th career shutout as Sharks beat Flyers 

Erik Karlsson and Steven Lorentz each had goals and James Reimer stopped all 31 shots he faced as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eric Karlsson and Steven Lorentz scored in the second period, James Reimer stopped 31 shots for his 26th career shutout, and the San Jose Sharks beat Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on Sunday night.

Nico Sturm added an empty-netter with just under 4 minutes remaining as the Sharks won for the second time in three games. San Jose snapped a season-opening five-game skid with an overtime win at the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Felix Sandstron had 22 sabers for Philadelphia, which took its first home loss and looked flat in the second of a back-to-back after a 3-1 win at Nashville on Saturday night.

Shortly after a goal by Philadelphia’s Joel Farabee was reversed by video replay after it was ruled that Scott Laughton was offsides on a 2-on-1 break, Karlsson gave the Sharks the lead with a one-timer following a pass from Tomas Hertl at the top of the circle that whistled past Sandstrom’s right pad for his third goal of the season at 9:34 of the second.

Lorentz made it 2-0 with 1:31 left in the middle period when he deflected a shoulder-high point shot from Jaycob Megna that snuck over Sandstrom’s glove.

The rest of the night belong to Reimer, who made two critical saves on a Philadelphia power play in the third period to hold the Sharks’ two-goal lead.


San Jose LW Oskar Lindblom returned to Philadelphia for the first time in an opposing uniform. Lindblom was bought out of his contract during the offseason after playing parts of five seasons with the Flyers. In 2019, Lindblom was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and was treated at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center. “I had a great time here,” Lindblom said before the game. “I loved it.” The organization played a tribute video to Lindblom during the first period, drawing an ovation and stick taps from both teams. 


Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk did not return to the game after blocking a shot from Sharks forward Kevin Labanc with his hand. 


There were several empty seats at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday night. Part of the reason for that was the massive celebrations that were taking place in the streets around Philadelphia’s sports complex following the Phillies’ 4-3 series-clinching win over the San Diego Padres in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. 


Sharks: Host Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

Flyers: Host Florida on Thursday night.

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