After two frustrating losses to the Carolina Hurricanes and the St. Louis Blues, the San Jose Sharks were looking for two points on Saturday night to end the road trip on a good note. However, Martin Hanzal’s overtime tip-in goal gave the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 victory over San Jose.
Of course, falling behind a near two minutes into the game typically isn’t the recipe for success, but it happened to San Jose as Arizona took an early 1-0 lead. Jacob Martinook lead a 2-on-1 against Brent Burns and the Sharks and found Tobias Rieder at the left side of the goal with a beautiful feed who promptly buried it past Martin Jones.
While the Sharks’ power play has been one of bright spots through the first five weeks of the season, their penalty kill wasn’t able to stop Max Domi from scoring after Brenden Dillon was sent to the sin bin for tripping Rieder. With a screen provided by Martin Hanzal in front of Jones, Domi wristed one past #31 short side, giving the Coyotes a 2-0 lead.
The Sharks got one back early in the third period, cutting the deficit to one goal with what we would all describe as a vintage Joe Pavelski tip-in. Getting in front of the net, Pavelski tipped in a blast by Justin Braun that snuck in past Mike Smith and under the crossbar. San Jose couldn’t solve Smith up until this point and it took a redirection that would have been impossible to stop to do so. Watching Pavs elevate his game over the past ten seasons as been a lot of fun and plays like this prove why he’s one of the top forwards in the game.
I mean, seriously, look at that stick work. Just incredible.
The Sharks had a great chance to tie the game up midway through the third when Jamie McGinn was called for interference, sending the Sharks to the power play. Although San Jose couldn’t find the back of the net on the man-advantage, not much later Matt Nieto ripped a bomb that looked to cleanly beat Smith top shelf to tie the game up at 2-2. The goal was originally credited to Nieto, but changed to Tommy Wingels’ goal shortly after. Taking a short feed from David Schlemko, Nieto took a slap shot that Wingels got a piece of near the crease that Smith couldn’t stop. It would have been Nieto’s first goal of the season, but instead Nieto is still searching for his first goal and for Wingels it was his fourth.
The Sharks’ comeback attempt would fall short in overtime as Hanzal’s goal came from off a pass by Alex Goligoski that was tipped above Jones and into the net for the win.
The Sharks will look to rebound against the New Jersey Devils on Monday night back in the SAP Center in San Jose.
Fear the Fin’s 3 Stars:
1). Martin Hanzal
2). Mike Smith
3). Joe Pavelski.