Coyotes fall to Sharks in shootout after 14-goal thriller

Dec 29, 2021, 12:05 AM
Arizona Coyotes left wing Andrew Ladd, top right, scores a goal over San Jose Sharks goaltender Jam...

Arizona Coyotes left wing Andrew Ladd, top right, scores a goal over San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. The Sharks won 8-7 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tomas Hertl came out of COVID-19 protocols and delivered twice for the San Jose Sharks in their 8-7 shootout victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Hertl scored his team-leading 15th goal and added a shootout goal for San Jose, which played for the first time since Dec. 16 amid a flurry of pandemic-related postponements and an extended NHL holiday break.

Logan Couture had a goal and an assist and scored in the shootout and Jeffrey Viel scored his first goal for the Sharks, which had lost five of their previous seven games. Goalie James Reimer made 39 saves. Nick Bonino, Radim Simek, Timo Meier and Alexander Barbanov also scored.

The Coyotes trailed 7-6 with 1:29 left in regulation before tying it with a power-play goal from Andrew Ladd (his fifth) after Arizona coach André Tourigny pulled goalie Scott Wedgewood.

Wedgewood had 20 saves.

Lawson Crouse and Janis Moser each scored two goals for the Coyotes, who hadn’t played since Dec. 17 and lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Crouse came out of COVID-19 protocol earlier in the day and Moser’s goals were the first two of his career.

Clayton Keller and Shayne Gostisbehere each added a goal for Arizona, while Paul Kessel had four assists and Johan Larsson had three.

Less than a minute into overtime, the Sharks had a power play after Keller was called for hooking Brent Burns on a breakaway, but they failed to convert. and were 0 for 3 on power plays.

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