SAN JOSE — Brent Burns scored 19 seconds into overtime, as the Sharks ended their five game homestand with a 2-1 win over the Coyotes, their first win against Arizona this season.
A minute in, Patrick Marleau roofed a rolling backhander past Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, and appeared to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Arizona head coach Dave Tippet had other ideas, and challenged the goal on the notion that Brenden Dillon was offside on the play. Replays confirmed that he entered the zone before Joe Thornton, who had the puck, and the call was overturned.
After the disallowed goal, both teams were slow to generate any chances, and combined for just one shot on goal (excluding the disallowed goal) in the first seven-and-a-half minutes of the period. Arizona nearly scored on a power play, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic expertly cleared the goal line.
The Sharks carried play in the second half of the first period, and ended the first 20 minutes with a 14-5 edge in shots on goal. As was the case last game, the Sharks could not solve Mike Smith though, and the score remained tied at zero headed into the second.
Smith’s first period efforts allowed Arizona to take a 1-0 lead 7:19 into the second. Radim Vrbata passed across the offensive zone to Max Domi near the left circle, and Domi buried the short side shot past Jones’ blocker on the Coyotes’ second shot of the period.
In need of a spark, Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer mixed up his lines. The change paid off immediately as Chris Tierney, flanked by Mikkel Boedker and new linemate Joonas Donskoi, skated hard to the net from behind the goal line and slide the puck through Mike Smith’s five hole to tie the game with 4:31 left in the second period.
Patrick Marleau drew a hooking penalty early in the third period. The top unit pumped five shots on net, but San Jose still couldn’t find a way to beat Smith. The Sharks and Coyotes traded chances, including an end-to-end sequence where a Jones rebound squirted out to Kevin Labanc in the neutral zone, who shot high blocker as Smith parried it out of play.
Jones and Smith ensured the game would not end in regulation. With the Sharks on the penalty kill, Jones punched away Alex Goligoski’s shot off of a dangerous feed from behind the net. Minutes later, Smith kicked away Joel Ward’s redirection, then the rebound.
With 00.3 seconds remaining in regulation, Alex Goligoski went to the box for high-sticking, and gave the Sharks a 4-on-3 man advantage from the very beginning of overtime. The Sharks needed only 19 seconds to score the game-winner, as Brent Burns slapped a one-timer past Smith to give the Sharks the win, and put them in first place in the Pacific Division.
Fear the Fin’s Three Stars
- Mike Smith
- Brent Burns
- Mikkel Boedker
- Like Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi have largely been an unbreakable pair in Pete DeBoer’s time in San Jose. Entering tonight, the two played 10 hours, 14 minutes, and 38 seconds (614:38) together over the last two seasons. Very rare to see them apart, and worth keeping an eye on.
- Death, taxes, and Mike Smith standing on his head against San Jose.
- Melker Karlsson looked a bit rusty at the start of his first game back from injury, but managed a very strong possession game nonetheless. He made some nice defensive plays on the penalty kill late, an area where DeBoer said his return would help this morning. He also got a shift alongside Ward and Couture in the last shift of regulation.
- Another strong game from Micheal Haley, Ryan Carpenter, and Kevin Labanc. Labanc once again turned into a promotion, this time to the second line, but Haley’s played his best hockey this season since Carpenter’s call-up, and Carpenter is proving to be a nice fit as the fourth line center.
- Eight points out of 10 on a five-game homestand? That will do.