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Sharks hang on in Arizona
SJ takes 3-2 decision with a shootout win
1/16/18 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks shook off the fatigue associated with playing three games in four days to win on Tuesday night in Glendale, knocking off the Coyotes 3-2 in a the shootout. Aaron Dell made 30 saves to lead the Sharks to their second win over the Coyotes this week. Sharks captain Joe Pavelski was the only player to score in the shootout, propelling the Sharks 2nd place in the Pacific Division.

San Jose jumped past Calgary and Los Angeles with the win, and still have games in hand over both teams. The season still has 39 games to go, but it's easier to hold a position in the standings than to catch someone.

Even after the week long bye, the Sharks showed the wear and tear of multiple games in close proximity to each other. San Jose struggled late, but held on to take the valuable two points.

Christian Dvorak stifled a strong start for the Coyotes by taking a holding penalty 4:21 into the game. San Jose took advantage by scoring a power play goal when Joe Thornton deposited a Logan Couture feed. Couture gathered a deflection in slot and threw a backhand feed between Tomas Hertl's skates to Thornton who was lurking on the left side of the net. All Thornton had to do was tap the pass past Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta for his 11th goal of the season.

Mikkel Boedker stung his former team 34 seconds into the 2nd period when he carried a puck into the Coyotes zone up the right wing, then snapped a shot from just inside the right circle that beat Raanta. Boedker used defenseman Alex Goligoski as a screen, denying Raanta a clear view of the shot. It was the 5th tally of the season for Boedker, who has played more inspired hockey of late.

Jordan Martinook cut the Sharks lead in half with just under 4 minutes remaining in the period by redirecting a chest high shot past Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell. Former Sharks defenseman Jason Demers sent a shot that was well wide of the goal, but Martinook got his stick blade on the puck, altering the path by almost 90 degrees for his 4th goal of the season.

The back-to-back games showed up in the 3rd period when the Sharks seemed to run out of gas. Arizona capitalized with a Brad Richardson goal at 6:10 of the period. Richardson followed a deflection off Dell and walked the puck into the net from the slot as Joe Pavelski got caught watching the play from behind the Coyotes winger.

Arizona owned the possession time game over the last 20 minutes, but Dell kept them at bay. The Coyotes out-shot San Jose 12-4 in the period and clearly dominated the scoring chance race.

San Jose went 10 minutes between shots midway through the period, before they strung together a bevy of pucks directed at Raanta. The value in those shots and semi-sustained presence in the Coyotes zone was that the puck wasn't anywhere near the Sharks net.

The Sharks would survive the remainder of regulation, but made things difficult for themselves when Tomas Hertl was whistled for tripping 1:07 into overtime. The fatigued penalty killers were aided by a Coyotes power play that seemed to be discombobulated. Arizona spent a majority of the man-advantage trying to open up a shooting lane, but kept switching skaters from side to side.

After killing Hertl's penalty, San Jose generated their lone shot on goal in the extra frame when Brent Burns pushed a harmless attempt from the high slot.

In the shootout Clayton Keller led off with what may be his last career attempt, after he muffed the puck along the side boards then lost the puck as he skated in on Dell. Joe Pavelski followed that with a shot that beat Raanta through the 5-hole. Brendan Perlini lifted a shot over the cross bar before Chris Tierney missed with a backhand attempt. Dell ended things when he stuff a Derek Stepan backhand chance.

Game Notes:

* Sharks radio play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky called his 2000th game on Tuesday night. Rusanowsky has been the Sharks man behind the microphone since day one.

* After his stellar play in the last two games, Joonas Donskoi had a return to earth moment. The forward was one of only four skaters to not record a shot on goal.

* Dell continued to prop up his value with another stellar performance. The Sharks backup recorded his 10th win of the season.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 1 1 0 0 1 3
ARI 0 1 1 0 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Thornton 11 (Couture, Hertl), 5:37, (pp).
2nd period - 2, SJ, Boedker 5 (Burns, Ryan), 0:34. 3, ARI, Martinook 4 (Demers, Richardson), 16:05.
3rd period - 4, ARI, Richardson 3 (Cousins, Ekman-Larsson), 6:10.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - ARI: Keller (miss), Perlini (miss), Stepan (miss). SJ: Pavelski (goal), Tierney (miss).
1st period - Dvorak, ARI (holding), 4:21; Ekman-Larsson, ARI (slashing), 16:34.
2nd period - Bench, SJ (too many men), 13:28.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - Hertl, SJ (tripping), 1:07.
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 32 30
ARI - Raanta 22 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 12 5 4 1 22
ARI 10 6 12 4 32
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 2
ARI 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Brad Richardson
Joe Thornton
Gila River Arena - 11,961
Referees: Rooney, Rehman. Linesmen: Cameron, Gawryletz.
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