Scoring Chances: Game 78 @ Phoenix

Mar. 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) and defenseman Dan Boyle (22) watch the puck shot by Phoenix Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata (17) during the third period at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes beat the Sharks 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

It's no secret that the Sharks lost this game due to their listless play in the third period. We've discussed "score effects" a lot this year when attempting to contextualize scoring chance numbers - essentially, NHL teams that carry a lead into the final twenty minutes of a hockey game tend to get outchanced in the third as they have little incentive to mount offensive pressure. It was the complete opposite in this game - the Coyotes dominated the Sharks in the third period, outchancing them 9-5 despite holding leads of one and two goals for the entire frame. San Jose did end up winning the chance battle overall, 19-16, thanks in large part to a 9-2 trouncing in the first period but the tune was a familiar one as the team failed to finish any of their numerous opportunities.

Best EV Forward: Tommy Wingels, Daniel Winnik, Andrew Desjardins, T.J. Galiardi (all +3)

Worst EV Forward: Patrick Marleau (-2), Joe Thornton (-2)

Best EV Defenseman: Justin Braun (+7)

Worst EV Defenseman: Brent Burns (-8)

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 9 2 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 5 5 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
3 5 9 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 19 16 19 14 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

Team Period Time Note SJS Opponent
SJS 1 13:11 Havlat T 9 29 31 39 60 61 19 22 32 37 41 53 5v5
SJS 1 11:55 Mitchell O 5 17 18 31 37 61 8 15 16 24 32 41 5v5
SJS 1 11:48 Moore R 17 18 22 31 37 44 8 15 16 24 32 41 5v5
SJS 1 9:17 Marleau T 8 12 19 22 31 44 11 13 17 23 33 41 5v5
SJS 1 7:48 Demers T 29 31 37 39 60 61 8 15 16 24 32 41 5v5
SJS 1 7:46 Galiardi R 29 31 37 39 60 61 8 15 16 24 32 41 5v5
PHX 1 6:33 Torres P 5 31 34 57 69 88 3 19 22 37 41 53 5v5
SJS 1 6:16 Pavelski O 8 12 19 22 31 44 23 28 33 41 50 89 5v5
SJS 1 5:51 Pavelski T 8 12 19 22 31 44 11 13 17 23 33 41 5v5
PHX 1 4:38 Boedker O 17 18 31 37 60 88 3 28 41 50 53 89 5v5
SJS 1 0:54 Moore T 8 18 22 31 37 44 3 28 32 41 50 89 5v5
PHX 2 18:08 Vermette F 31 34 57 60 69 88 3 28 41 50 53 89 5v5
SJS 2 17:53 Desjardins O 31 34 57 60 69 88 3 28 41 50 53 89 5v5
SJS 2 17:41 Wingels P 5 31 34 57 61 69 3 28 41 50 53 89 5v5
PHX 2 16:12 Whitney PP 8 17 22 31 44 11 13 17 19 23 41 4v5
PHX 2 16:11 Goal - Vrbata PP 8 17 22 31 44 11 13 17 19 23 41 4v5
PHX 2 15:33 Boedker S 9 29 31 39 60 88 16 28 32 41 50 89 5v5
SJS 2 12:00 Havlat P 5 9 29 31 39 61 16 28 32 41 50 89 5v5
SJS 2 11:23 Pavelski T 8 12 19 22 31 88 13 17 23 33 41 50 5v5
SJS 2 10:21 Wingels F 31 34 44 57 60 69 11 19 23 33 37 41 5v5
PHX 2 4:28 Korpikoski P 17 18 31 37 44 88 3 28 41 50 53 89 5v5
PHX 3 18:54 Korpikoski T 5 9 29 31 39 61 16 28 32 41 50 89 5v5
SJS 3 17:25 Wingels S 31 34 44 57 61 69 3 19 22 37 41 53 5v5
PHX 3 15:49 Whitney P 8 12 19 22 31 88 11 13 17 23 33 41 5v5
PHX 3 15:48 Hanzal R 8 12 19 22 31 88 11 13 17 23 33 41 5v5
PHX 3 15:08 Rozsival T 9 29 31 39 44 60 16 28 32 41 50 89 5v5
PHX 3 14:03 Ekman-Larsson T 8 12 19 22 31 88 11 13 17 23 33 41 5v5
PHX 3 14:01 Vrbata R 8 12 19 22 31 88 11 13 17 23 33 41 5v5
SJS 3 13:19 Havlat T 9 22 29 31 39 61 16 28 32 41 50 89 5v5
SJS 3 13:00 Couture P 9 22 29 31 39 61 16 28 32 41 50 89 5v5
PHX 3 11:43 Goal - Vrbata O 8 12 19 22 31 88 11 13 17 23 33 41 5v5
SJS 3 6:58 Boyle S 22 31 34 57 69 88 11 16 19 22 32 41 5v5
PHX 3 3:32 Vrbata P 9 12 19 22 31 88 11 13 17 23 32 41 5v5
PHX 3 3:08 Korpikoski T 9 22 29 31 39 61 16 28 32 41 50 89 5v5
SJS 3 1:59 Thornton 6v5 8 12 19 22 39 88 11 13 15 23 33 41 5v5

# Player EV PP SH
5 C. WHITE 15:36 3 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
8 J. PAVELSKI 17:19 6 5 1:29 0 0 0:29 0 2
9 M. HAVLAT 15:07 4 5 0:31 0 0 0:00 0 0
12 P. MARLEAU 16:42 5 6 1:29 0 0 0:00 0 0
17 T. MITCHELL 11:26 2 2 0:00 0 0 0:29 0 2
18 D. MOORE 11:30 3 2 0:31 0 0 0:00 0 0
19 J. THORNTON 18:23 5 6 1:29 0 0 0:00 0 0
22 D. BOYLE 23:34 10 7 1:29 0 0 0:29 0 2
29 R. CLOWE 17:17 6 4 0:31 0 0 0:00 0 0
31 A. NIEMI 55:24 18 14 2:00 0 0 0:29 0 2
34 D. WINNIK 12:05 5 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
37 T. GALIARDI 12:34 5 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
39 L. COUTURE 17:19 7 4 1:29 0 0 0:00 0 0
44 M. VLASIC 18:55 7 2 0:00 0 0 0:29 0 2
57 T. WINGELS 13:15 5 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
60 J. DEMERS 16:44 5 4 0:31 0 0 0:00 0 0
61 J. BRAUN 18:59 9 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
69 A. DESJARDINS 11:50 5 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
88 B. BURNS 21:07 4 11 0:31 0 0 0:00 0 0


Chance Types

Team Transition Odd-man Rebound Forecheck Possession Steal PP SH
San Jose 7 3 3 1 3 2 0 0
Phoenix 4 2 2 1 4 1 2 0


Head-to-head scoring chances:

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Poor game by the entire top line who were pretty much eaten alive by their Phoenix counterpart at even strength, as was Brent Burns. As you can see, much of the Sharks' advantage in chances was built on kicking the crap out of Phoenix's fourth line. Speaking of fourth lines, it's hard to fault the effort of the Sharks' bottom three forwards in this one; they won every single one of their matchups by the chances as Wingels alone generated three terrific opportunities to get the Sharks on the board.

More stats from the game: Corsi/Fenwick, Shift Charts, H2H Ice Time, Zonestarts, Play-By-Play, Box Score

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