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Sharks exact some revenge on Coyotes
Reimer earns 2nd shutout since acquisition
3/20/16 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks turned in the performance they needed last Thursday night, as San Jose dispatched the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 at SAP Center. The underachieving Coyotes beat the Sharks three days earlier in a game that was filled with controversy. Arizona wouldn't be so lucky on Sunday night. Making only his 4th start since being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline, James Reimer made 25 saves to earn his 2nd shutout in San Jose.

Reimer played a basic, but consistently effective game against the Coyotes, denying Arizona any big second chances. The Sharks newest goaltender received lots of help from his defense, who kept the front of his goal crease free of white jerseys.

Brenden Dillon opened the scoring with a shot from the left point that squeezed between Coyotes defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and Sharks forward Joel Ward. The puck appeared to hit both skaters before deflecting off the right post and into the net. By virtue of being the last Shark to touch the puck, Ward was credited with his 20th tally of the season. It took the official scorer the better part of an hour to credit Ward with the goal, as they couldn't decide between him and Dillon.

The Sharks got into penalty trouble late in the period, overlapping a pair of infractions to put the Coyotes on a brief 5-on-3 power play. The Sharks special teams was the difference in the game, not only killing both penalties in the 1st, but also snuffing out a pair of penalties in the middle frame.

San Jose's power play also contributed, scoring on a pair of chances on the man-advantage.

Unlike Tuesday's loss in Arizona, the Sharks didn't sit on their early lead, adding a 2nd goal 12:02 into the 2nd period. Tomas Hertl made the deposit, albeit of the lucky variety. Hertl tried skating the puck to the front of the net, but he lost the handle. The puck lightly deflected off Connor Murphy's stick and under goaltender Mike Smith's stick for the 2-0 Sharks lead.

While the goaltending focus was on Reimer for his shutout, Smith faced a far tougher set of shots over the course of the evening. San Jose threw a steady dose of shots at him all night, peppering him with tough chances as the Sharks buzzed the net all night.

The Coyotes put on a push mid way through the 3rd period, but the sharks weathered the storm. Murphy didn't help matters for Arizona by taking a slashing penalty with 6:50 left in regulation.

Michael Stone sealed the Coyotes fate when he was whistled for hooking at 17:55. Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett had no choice but to pull his goaltender for the extra attacker, which just evened up the skaters on the ice. Joe Pavelski took advantage of the empty-net situation, firing a long shot into the vacated net for his 34th goal of the season.

Pavelski's goal was icing on the game the Sharks should have played in Arizona earlier in the week.


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1 2 3 T
ARI 0 0 0 0
SJ 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Ward 20 (Dillon, Donskoi), 18:28.
2nd period - 2. SJ, Hertl 18 (Donskoi, Martin), 12:02, (pp).
3rd period - 3, SJ, Pavelski 34 (Burns, Thornton), 18:55, (pp), (en).
1st period - Braun, SJ (interfernce), 14:07; Marleau, SJ (high sticking), 15:29.
2nd period - Burns, SJ (tripping), 2:27; Dahlbeck, ARI (holding), 5:48; Gordon, ARI (holding), 11:05; Connauton, ARI (delay of game - puck over glass), 12:02; Spaling, SJ (interference), 19:26.
3rd period - Murphy, ARI (roughing), 13:10; Stone, ARI (hooking), 17:55.
Shots Saves
ARI - Smith 35 33
ARI - empty net 1 0
SJ - Reimer 25 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ARI 7 11 7 25
SJ 13 9 14 36
Power Play Conversion
ARI 0 of 4
SJ 2 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
James Reimer
Joonas Donskoi
Paul Martin
Referees: Jackson, Watson. Linesmen: Murphy, Gawryletz.
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