WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Two Sharks leads Sunday disappeared into the cold Canadian prairie night, and Winnipeg's Andrew Ladd scored the only shootout goal as San Jose lost 5-4 to the Jets to extend its season-high winless skid to five games.

But it was a nullified goal in overtime that had the Sharks shaking their heads. Patrick Marleau thought he had the game-winner with two minutes left in the extra session, but the goal was waved off as officials ruled Tommy Wingels had made contact with Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the crease.

"I thought it was two guys battling in front. (Pavelec) bumped me, which initiated contact, I thought," Wingels said. "As the play proceeded, I thought it moved out of the crease, which was my area. But the ref made the call."

"I think that's a good goal. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that right there," defenseman Dan Boyle said, "and we get a point taken away."

The shootout loss moves San Jose alone into third place in the Pacific Division, but the Sharks, while happy with their overall effort, were also lamenting the blown leads.

"We had the lead a bunch of different times and we gave up a tying goal as many times," Boyle said. "It's unfortunate."

Boyle's power-play goal off a remarkable no-look pass from Logan Couture gave the Sharks a 4-3 lead 3:59 into the third period. But Ladd's goal with just 1:43 left tied the game and helped send it into overtime.

Boyle's score at the time seemed to make up for the Sharks twice failing to maintain a two-goal advantage in the second period.


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Just 41 seconds after Michael Frolik scored to cut San Jose's lead to 2-1, Wingels extended his scoring streak to six games, beating Pavelec with a wrist shot from in close to give the Sharks another two-goal advantage.

But two Winnipeg shots from the point helped tie the game. Dustin Byfuglien's one-timer got past Antti Niemi at the 8:38 mark, then Grant Clitsome's wrist shot at the 17:19 mark was redirected by a Sharks defenseman into the net.

"They have some forwards that can skate and they beat us to some pucks in our end that forced us to stay in our zone and play for a little longer than we liked," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "It was a fast game."

The Sharks did not get the strong start they were looking for, as they were outshot 10-2 by the halfway point of the first period. But things turned in San Jose's favor thanks to its power play.

Fourteen seconds after Ladd was called for tripping Boyle, Boyle's slap shot from the point got past Pavelec for a 1-0 Sharks lead with 5:56 left in the first period.

Just 1:16 later, a long pass by Jason Demers found Tomas Hertl open alone near the Jets' blue line. Hertl skated in alone and deked Pavelec for a 2-0 Sharks lead.

In the wake of their loss to Vancouver on Thursday, the Sharks talked before Sunday's game about the need to increase their work ethic. Although the Jets used their speed to dominate play at times, McLellan wasn't unhappy with the effort his team put forth.

"Not everybody who watched tonight's game got to see what we did against Vancouver, which was poor," McLellan said. "We made strides as far as competitiveness. I still don't think we were at our best, we looked slow, especially to retrieve pucks. They're a quick team, and they exposed some of our speed issues in certain areas that we have to get better.

"The goals they scored, we'd sure like to have a couple of those back. But full marks to them."

TUESDAY'S GAME
Sharks (10-2-5) at Calgary (6-9-2), 6 p.m. CSNCA