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Sharks solid in the desert
San Jose takes 3-1 win over Coyotes
1/21/15 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks shook off the sting of their shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators earlier in the week and responded with a strong 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Thursday night. San Jose scored a pair of 1st period goals from their underlings, then held on to a tight 2-1 lead for the majority of the 3rd period to take the Pacific Division match up.

San Jose rained on Arizona's tribute to captain Shane Doan, who became the franchise's all time goal scorer. A special pre-game ceremony celebrated Doan's contributions to the Coyotes franchise, which was capped by a $100,000 donation to Doan's youth hockey charity.

The Sharks paid tribute to Doan by bagging a couple of hard nosed goals in the opening frame. Tommy Wingels opened the game's scoring at 6:22 by gloving a floating puck in the slot, dropping it to the ice, pivoting 180 degrees before whipping a shot past goaltender Louis Domingue. San Jose cycled the puck the perimeter of the Coyotes zone before Justin Braun bounced the puck off an Arizona defender, vaulting it up into the air. Wingels had to get to the spot where the puck fell, make the catch, then have the presence of mind to get a tough shot off.

The goal energized the Sharks, who went on a tear for the next 30 minutes. It only took them three minutes to add to their lead.

Pressing in front of the Coyotes net, the Sharks generated their second goal with some good old fashioned hard nosed hockey. Chris Tierney pushed the puck toward the net from the right corner, bouncing it off Domingue's left pad. The puck deflected out to the front of the net where Melker Karlsson stabbed at the puck, forcing it back toward Domingue who deflected it up into the air. Tierney had his stick hovering above Domingue's pad, tapping into the net as it floated in the air.

Karlsson was immediately checked into Domingue, crashing into the net. Karlsson didn't make contact with Domingue until the puck was in the net, but a review was conducted anyway. The goal stood, and the Sharks sucked the life out of the building with the goal.

They would create multiple scoring chances over the course of the next 20 minutes, but they couldn't get another puck past Domingue.

Arizona generated a single shot through the first 10 minutes of the 2nd period as the Sharks continued to press. Credit Domingue for not breaking during the barrage.

The Coyotes began to turn the tables with 7 minutes left in the period. They started to generate scoring chances of their own.

A Joel Ward high sticking penalty on Anthony Duclair 1:47 into the 3rd was the game's first penalty. The Sharks killed the Coyotes power play, but Arizon was clearly shifting into desperation mode.

Arizona caught the Sharks napping midway through the period when Brad Richardson slipped to the front of the net and took a feed from Doan out of the right corner and slipped a shot passed Martin Jones. Justin Braun got caught in no mans land, not pursuing the puck or covering the front of the net as Doan waited for Richardson. Ward and Patrick Marleau stood and watched Richardson skate unimpeded to setup the goal.

With the clock ticking down on the end of regulation, Oliver Ekman-Larsson sealed the Coyotes fate by taking a holding penalty on Joonas Donskoi with 2:40 left in regulation.

The Coyotes were forced to pull Domingue just to even the skaters up at 5-on-5, but Patrick Marleau was the beneficiary of the empty net, beating two Coyotes down the ice to tuck a loose puck home for his 15th goal of the season.

Jones finished the game with 23 saves.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 2 0 1 3
ARI 0 0 1 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Wingels 4 (Braun, Donskoi), 6:22. 2, SJ, Tierney 6 (Brown, Karlsson), 9:56.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 3, ARI, Richardson 4 (Doan, Murphy), 11:24. 4, SJ, Marleau 15 (Thornton, Pavelski), 19:08, (pp), (en).
Penalties
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Ward, SJ (high sticking), 1:47; Dahlbeck, ARI (holding), 4:39; Ekman-Larsson, ARI (holding), 17:20.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 24 23
ARI - Domingue 22 20
ARI - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 8 7 23
ARI 7 8 9 24
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 2
ARI 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Jones
Tommy Wingels
Shane Doan
Attendance
12,251
Officials
Referees: Lee, Sutherland. Linesmen: Gibbons, Knorr.
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