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Quick Bite: Pair of early goals pace Sharks past Coyotes

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It got interesting late, but San Jose held on to beat Arizona.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

With San Jose up by two goals midway through the third period and having dominated most of the game, it appeared the Sharks were on their way to a comfortable victory against Arizona. Alas, the Sharks felt it necessary to make things interesting against the Desert Dogs.

Still, San Jose managed to hold on for a 3-1 victory in its first meeting with Arizona over the 2015-16 season. With four more meetings to come, the Sharks started their slate against the Coyotes successfully, if not always beautifully. A late penalty against the Coyotes helped seal the deal as Patrick Marleau dumped the puck into the empty net.

Tommy Wingels opened the scoring after six minutes, giving the Sharks a breakthrough after they had poured on the pressure for much of the opening.

Chris Tierney put the Sharks up by a pair of goals just three minutes later. It wasn't exactly pretty, but it proved vital.

Brad Richardson pulled one back with 8:32 to go in the contest, putting on a race for the finish.

Joonas Donskoi drew a penalty with 2:39 to play, giving the Sharks a golden opportunity to finish off the Desert Dogs.

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Fear the Fin's 3 Stars

1) Tommy Wingels

2) Martin Jones

3) Brent Burns