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Burns OT winner bails out Sharks
SJ avoids a 3rd loss to Arizona this season
11/29/16 - By Mike Lee -

The Arizona Coyotes entered Tuesday night's game against the Sharks with the worst record in the Western Conference. With only 8 wins this season, the Coyotes should have been easy picking for the Sharks, but San Jose had lost both meeting with Arizona this season, including an overtime loss to the Coyotes last week. Arizona almost kept things close and could have made it a third win over San Jose this season if not for an overtime tally by Brent Burns.

The Sharks haven't been able to figure out how to beat the Coyotes, who haven't beaten many teams this season not name San Jose. The visiting Coyotes played a nice road game, keeping things simple and tight.

San Jose looked as befuddled in this one as they did in their two previous losses to Arizona. The game was sluggish, and lacking much in terms of flow, which is exactly the style Arizona needed to pull off a win. The Sharks just didn't have much fire after an early goal was overturned.

Patrick Marleau bagged the would be first goal of the game a minute into the game when his shot tucked under the crossbar on a partially deflected shot, but Coyotes coach Dave Tippett challenged that Brendan Dillon was off side. There didn't appear to be any clear indication that Dillon was across the blueline early, but referee Jean Hebert announced that the tally was negated to the dismay of the porous SAP Center crowd.

San Jose didn't officially record a shot for the first 7 minutes of the game, but then they went on a rampage, pumping 13 shots on Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. Unfortunately for San Jose, Smith was on his game in that opening frame, denying everything San Jose sent his way.

Joel Ward was whistled for hooking Michael Stone for the only penalty of the period. Arizona didn't do much with the chance and only generated 5 shots in the period combined.

Arizona lulled the Sharks to sleep in the 2nd period, allowing the Sharks to generate a bushel of harmless shots, before striking with a Max Domi goal at 7:19 of the period. The Sharks two defenseman had a pair of Coyote forwards covered on the right side, and when Domi slipped past a Sharks line change, there was only open space between him and Martin Jones. Domi skated in an snapped a shot inside the left post for the 1-0 lead.

Chris Tierney knotted the game at 1-1 with 4:31 remaining in the period by crashing the net from the right corner and jamming a shot between Smith's pads for his 2nd goal of the season. Tierney had Joonas Donskoi perched on the off wing, but elected to force the issue in tight, which turned out to be the right decision. San Jose has a tendency to try and force the pretty pass instead of keeping things simple. Tierney's simple approach potted the Sharks the equalizer, which allowed them to head to the final period tied.

The 3rd period turned into a chippy affair, rather than the focused frame you would expect in a tied game. Things escalated when former Shark Jamie McGinn and Kevin Labanc mixed it up in front of the San Jose bench. That turned into a series of scrums that included Dillon and Christian Dvorak.

Dillon added to his forgetful night with 8 minutes to play when he tried throwing a pick in the offensive zone that turned into a 2 minute Coyotes power play. The Sharks penalty kill snuffed out the Arizona chance with strong back-checking.

Martin Hanzal committed a major gaff with three tenths of a second left in regulation when he clipped Melker Karlsson with a high stick that setup a full time power play to start the overtime period.

Burns elected to use a small fraction of that allotment by rifling a Joe Pavelski pass that whistled past Smith for the game winner. Burns was setup at the top of the left circle and received Pavelski's pass as the Sharks captain skated away from the left wing boards toward the blueline. Pavelski dropped the puck back to Burns with a no look pass, which may have drawn Smith over to the right side of the net enough to allow Burns shot to find the hole to Smith's stick side.

Game Notes:

* Oliver Ekman-Larsson left the game in the 2rd period with an undisclosed lower body injury.

* Mike Smith entered the game with a career 1.66 goals against average against San Jose. The Sharks can't seem to get pucks past the big goaltender.

* Patrick Marleau was undoubtedly the most active Sharks forward all night, as was evident by his 7 shots on goal. Marleau should have ended the evening with a goal to show for his effort.

* Luke Schenn lead all skaters with 9 hits in the game. That accounted for 33% of the Coyotes hits.

* Melker Karlsson returned to the lineup after missing 7 games after injuring himself blocking a shot earlier in November.


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1 2 3 OT T
ARI 0 1 0 0 1
SJ 0 1 0 1 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, ARI, Domi 4 (Vrbata, Schenn), 7:19. 2, SJ, Tierny 2 (Boedker, Braun), 15:29.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - 3, SJ, Burns 9 (Pavelski, Couture), 0:19, (pp).
1st period - Ward, SJ (hooking), 7:53.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Murphy, ARI (hooking), 0:28; McGinn, ARI (roughing), 8:44; Labanc, SJ (roughing), 8:44; White, ARI (10 min misconduct), 12:31; Dillon, SJ (interference), 12:31; Hanzal, ARI (high sticking), 19:59.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
ARI - Smith 42 40
SJ - Jones 19 18
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
ARI 5 5 9 0 19
SJ 13 16 12 1 42
Power Play Conversion
ARI 0 of 2
SJ 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Mike Smith
Martin Jones
SAP Center - 17,377
Referees: Schlenker, Hebert. Linesmen: Murchison, Nagy.
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