Christian Dvorak scores twice, Coyotes beat Sharks
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Christian Dvorak scored twice to lift the Arizona Coyotes over the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Friday night.
Nick Schmaltz, Dryden Hunt and Phil Kessel also scored for Arizona, and Adin Hill stopped 20 shots. The win moved the Coyotes within two points of St. Louis for fourth place in the West Division.
Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose. Marleau’s goal was the 564th of his career, tying him with Mats Sundin and Joe Nieuwendyk for 23rd in league history. Martin Jones stopped 23 shots,
The teams meet again Saturday night in Glendale.
Dvorak took over the team lead in goals with 11. He opened the scoring 6:20 into the game off a pass from Conor Garland — part of a period when the Coyotes outshot the Sharks 12-4.
Hertl’s short-handed goal tied it 1:54 into the second period. He went in alone on Hill just after Garland hit the post on Arizona’s power play, with San Jose’s Mario Ferraro in the penalty box for holding.
Schmaltz redirected Ilya Lyubushkin’s shot from the point to beat Jones with 1:16 remaining in the second period to put the Coyotes ahead 2-1. Dvorak made it 3-1 with an unassisted goal 7:48 into the third.
Kessel celebrated his 1,100th career game with a power-play goal midway through the third. San Jose was assessed a bench minor for delay of game when the Sharks appealed for goaltender interference on Hunt’s goal.
Marleau’s power-play goal, with Schmaltz off for boarding, came with 7:30 to play.
Kessel became the 201st player to reach 1,100 career games. Well ahead of him on the list is Marleau, who can tie Mark Messier on Saturday for second place in most NHL games played with 1,756. That would put him within 11 of all-time leader Gordie Howe.
Arizona placed its third player on injured reserve this week Thursday when center Tyler Pitlick went down with an undisclosed injury.
Pitlick, who last played Tuesday against Colorado, joins defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and goalie Antti Raanta, who last played Monday. Arizona was already without its No. 1 goalie, Darcy Kuemper, who was injured last week.
The Sharks’ Logan Couture, who left San Jose’s game against Los Angeles on Wednesday night with an upper-body injury, started at center on Friday. Couture entered Friday tied with Evander Kane for the Sharks’ lead with 14 goals and has played in all 32 Sharks games this season.