ARIZONA COYOTES

Barrett Hayton, Christian Fischer score in Coyotes’ loss to Sharks at Mullett Arena

Jan 10, 2023, 9:57 PM
Christian Fischer #36 of the Arizona Coyotes shoots the puck under pressure from Mario Ferraro #38 ...
Christian Fischer #36 of the Arizona Coyotes shoots the puck under pressure from Mario Ferraro #38 of the San Jose Sharks during the second period of the NHL game at Mullett Arena on January 10, 2023 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Nieto scored a tie-breaking goal nine seconds into the third period and Jaycob Megna scored with six minutes remaining and the San Jose Sharks 4-2 beat the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Megna’s goal, his first of the season, came on an assist from Erik Karlsson, who leads the NHL with 42 assists and has points in 15 of the last 16 games. His franchise-record 14-game scoring streak ended Saturday.

Kevin Labanc and Nico Sturm also scored for the Sharks, who had lost five of six coming in. Kaapo Kahkonen had 26 saves in his third start in four games.

Barrett Hayton and Christian Fischer also scored for the Coyotes, and Karel Vejmelka had 29 saves in his sixth start in seven games. Jakob Chychrun and Shayne Gostisbehere had two assists.

The Coyotes lost their sixth straight. They are 7-5-2 at home, the fewest home games in the league.

Tomas Hertl’s centering pass caromed off a Coyotes defender and Labanc picked it up, flipping a wrist shot from the circle high to the glove side at 4:39 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. Hertl has 25 assists.

Hayton scored his second first-period goal in as many games to tie it at 1-1 two minutes later, back-handing in a loose puck in the slot. Fischer made it 2-1 on a breakaway late in the period, taking a two-line pass from Gostisbehere and scoring high to the glove side.

Sturm tied it at 2-all when he scored after a cross-ice pass from Nick Bonino six minutes into the second period. Bonino was playing in his 800th NHL game.

LOOSE PUCKS

– Arizona F Clayton Keller played in his 400th game, the sixth player from the 2016 draft class to reach that plateau, joining Matthew Tkachuk, Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Alex DeBrincat and Pierre-Luc Dubois. All but second-rounder DeBrincat were taken among the first seven picks.

– Coyotes F Dylan Guenther had 16 minutes of ice time in his second game back after scoring the winning goal in Canada’s 3-2 overtime victory Friday over the Czech Republic in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship.

– Arizona F Liam O’Brien (upper body) missed his 11th straight game.

UP NEXT

The Coyotes host the Ottawa Senators at Mullett Arena on Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN 620 AM / 98.7 FM HD-2, the Arizona Sports app and ArizonaSports.com.

Arizona Coyotes center Nick Bjugstad (17) gets hooked by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes right wing Christian Fischer, middle, watches his score as San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and Coyotes center Travis Boyd, right, look on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes right wing Christian Fischer, left, celebrates his goal against the San Jose Sharks with Coyotes left wing Nick Ritchie (12) and Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun, back right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) passes the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes center Nick Bjugstad (17) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) scores a goal getting the puck past Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka, left, and Coyotes defenseman J.J. Moser (90) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes defenseman Josh Brown (3) lands a punch during a fight against San Jose Sharks center Michael Eyssimont as linesman Devin Berg, left, looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes center Nick Schmaltz (8) shoots the puck past San Jose Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro (38) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Jose Sharks defenseman Jaycob Megna (24) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with teammates, including Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) and Sharks center Tomas Hertl, right, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. The Sharks won 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka takes a shot off his facemask during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Jose Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (36) celebrates a win against the Arizona Coyotes with Sharks defenseman Matt Benning (5) as time expires in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. The Sharks won 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller (9) fires a shot off the stick of San Jose Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (36) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. The Sharks won 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Jose Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (36) makes a save as Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro (38) and Arizona Coyotes center Barrett Hayton (29) go after the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. The Sharks won 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Christian Fischer #36 of the Arizona Coyotes shoots the puck under pressure from Mario Ferraro #38 of the San Jose Sharks during the second period of the NHL game at Mullett Arena on January 10, 2023 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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