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Coyotes bite Sharks again
Sharks finish road trip 3-2-1
11/19/16 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks limp home from their 6-game road trip that started like gang busters, but finished with a whimper. After taking the first 3 games of the trip, San Jose dropped all three in the back half, including a 3-2 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. The Sharks battled back from a 2-0 deficit by scoring a pair of 3rd period goals, but a tip by Martin Hanzal 1:16 into the extra period sent the Sharks to their first overtime loss of the season.

Hanzal's goal came via the customary three-on-three format in overtime, but the Sharks were caught with guys you'd least expect to be out there with such open ice. One of those players was Joe Thornton, who got caught away from the puck as the Coyotes forced a turnover at the Sharks blueline. Alex Goligoski whipped the puck toward the net, where Hanzal got his stick blade on the puck, deflecting it up and over Martin Jones' right shoulder.

It was the Sharks second loss to the Coyotes in as many meeting this season. San Jose lost to the Coyotes by the same 3-2 score back on November 1st. The Coyotes entered the game as the worst team in the NHL, having won only 5 of 17 games before play started on Saturday night.

It was the second cellar dweller the Sharks have lost to this week. They dropped a 1-0 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The Coyotes weren't exactly offensive gangbusters in the Sharks latest loss. Arizona converted 1:55 into the game, when defenseman Paul Martin was caught up ice, allowing the Coyotes to skate up ice on a 2-on-1. Jordan Martinook skated up the right wing, before cutting to the net. Brent Burns tried to step to him, as Martinook sent a pass past the harks defenseman to Tobias Rieder on the left wing. Rieder tapped the pass into a wide open net a Jones was forced to cover the right post and Martinook.

Arizona took a 2-0 lead 7:53 into the 2nd period, when Max Domi snapped a shot from the left dot that slipped past Jones on a power play. Brendan Dillon had been sent off for a phantom tripping penalty.

The Sharks out-shot the Coyotes 27-16 through 2 period, but Arizona held the 2-0 lead entering the 2nd intermission.

The deficit proved reachable for San Jose as they cut the Coyotes lead in half with a Joe Pavelski goal 41 seconds into the 3rd period. Justin Braun fired a long shot from the point, destined for the front of the net, where Pavelski clipped the shot with his stick blade. The puck changed directions, beating Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith.

Matt Nieto whipped a puck on net midway through the period, but Tommy Wingels was ruled to have touched the puck, making him the goal scorer of record after the shot slipped pat Smith.

San Jose had grabbed all the momentum in the contest at that point, but they couldn't push a go-ahead goal past Smith. They would finish the period with 45 shots on goal, but Smith kept the game tied.

Once they got to overtime, Hanzal and Goligoski took care of business.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 0 0 2 0 2
ARI 1 1 0 1 3
1st period - 1, ARI, Rieder 5 (Martinook), 1:55.
2nd period - 2, ARI, Domi 2 (Hanzal, Deangelo), 7:53, (pp).
3rd period - 3, SJ, Pavelski 6 (Braun, Vlasic), 0:41. 4, SJ, Wingels 4 (Nieto, Schlemko), 10:28.
Overtime - 5, ARI, Hanzal 3 (Goligoski, Vrbata), 1:16.
1st period - Haley, SJ (fighting major), 1:57; White, ARI (fighting major), 1:57; Schlemko, SJ (tripping), 10:45; Bench, ARI (too many men), 17:39; Donskoi, SJ (interference), 18:49.
2nd period - Bench, ARI (too many men), 0:54; Dillon, SJ (tripping), 7:28; Thornton, SJ (slashing), 17:18.
3rd period - McGinn, ARI (interference), 8:20.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 26 23
ARI - Smith 45 43
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 17 10 18 0 45
ARI 4 12 7 3 26
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
ARI 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Hanzal
Mike Smith
Max Domi
Gila River Arena - 13,148
Referees: Rank, St Laurent. Linesmen: Rody, Heyer.
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