Coyotes can’t overcome shot deficit, fall to Sharks in OT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Brent Burns scored a power-play goal 19 seconds into overtime and the San Jose Sharks wrapped up a successful homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Chris Tierney also scored and Martin Jones made 18 saves. San Jose won four of five games on the homestand and improved to 8-3 overall at the Shark Tank this season.
Max Domi scored the lone goal for the Coyotes, who lost their fifth straight in San Jose. Mike Smith made 40 saves but had no chance on Burns’ one-timer in overtime.
Martin Hanzal was called for high-sticking Melker Karlsson with 0.3 seconds left in regulation and the Sharks did not take long to capitalize in the extra period.
San Jose set up quickly in the offensive zone and Joe Pavelski fed Burns at the top of the faceoff circle for the big shot that beat Smith for his ninth goal of the season.
Despite a heavy advantage in shots for the Sharks — a 42-19 final margin — the Coyotes jumped on top midway through the second when Domi took a cross-ice pass from Radim Vrbata and beat Jones with a shot to the short side for his fourth goal of the season.
Alex Goligoski then hit a goalpost on the following shift for Arizona before San Jose found its stride again and tied the game late in the period when Tierney skated out from the corner and jammed a puck past Smith from in close. Mikkel Boedker got his first assist of the season on the goal, ending a 12-game points drought.
Both teams came close in a scoreless first period. Patrick Marleau appeared to strike first for San Jose with a wicked backhander only to have the goal waved off for offside after a replay review.
A few minutes later, Hanzal tipped a shot from Vrbata on the power and the puck deflected off both posts and rolled along the goal line before being cleared by Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
NOTES: Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson left the game after the second period with an upper-body injury. … San Jose had 12 straight shots on goal during one stretch in the first period. … Karlsson returned to the Sharks’ lineup for the first time since Nov. 12 after being sidelined by a lower-body injury. … The Coyotes scratched 18-year-old defenseman Jakob Chychrun for the fifth time in seven games.
The Coyotes host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.