Ekman-Larsson leads Coyotes past Sharks

Oliver Ekman-Larsson's power-play goal with 2:28 remaining in regulation gave the Coyotes a victory at Arena in the final preseason game for both teams.

With Scott Hannan off for elbowing, Ekman-Larsson's wrister beat Alex Stalock to snap a 1-1 tie. Radim Vrbata's second-period goal gave the Coyotes the lead before Bracken Kearns beat former San Jose goaltender Thomas Greiss at 5:28 of the third period to get San Jose even.

"I thought it was a good evaluation game. There was good pace to the game," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "They play hard and they play honest, so to have any success, you'd better play that way yourself. There weren't a lot of great plays made in the game, but there were a lot of solid plays."

Greiss stopped 25 shots and Stalock made 24 saves as both teams rested their starting goaltenders.

"It was a good night for us to evaluate players," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "It was a tight game, with not a lot of space."

Both teams start their season at home on Thursday. The Coyotes open against the New York Rangers; the Sharks host the Vancouver Canucks.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
19:21PHX Radim Vrbata (1) Wrist shot - ASST: David Rundblad (1) 1 - 0 PHX
3rd Period
05:26SJS Bracken Kearns (1) Wrist shot - ASST: James Sheppard (1) 1 - 1 Tie
17:32PHX PPG - Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: David Rundblad (2), Mike Ribeiro (1) 2 - 1 PHX
Three Stars of the Game
Radim Vrbata
Radim Vrbata
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:36
Thomas Greiss
Thomas Greiss
SA: 26TOI: 59:41
GA: 1
PIM: 0
SV%: .962
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 25:21
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:04SJS Tomas Hertl  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
06:33PHX Martin Hanzal  Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Tommy Wingels
2nd Period
19:34PHX Lauri Korpikoski  Elbowing  - 2 min against  Matt Irwin
3rd Period
09:29SJS Matt Irwin  Tripping  - 2 min against  Martin Hanzal
16:41SJS Scott Hannan  Elbowing  - 2 min against  Max Domi
18:12PHX Zbynek Michalek  Delaying Game-Smothering puck  - 2 min
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/3
Faceoff Wins3125
Blocked Shots156
Penalty Minutes66
5J. DemersD0001023:13
10A. DesjardinsL0011014:32
15J. SheppardC0110013:41
19J. ThorntonC0001015:50
26A. StewartR0002013:25
27S. HannanD0001221:45
38B. KearnsC1011014:50
43J. McCarthyC0003011:49
44M. VlasicD0010019:24
48T. HertlC0000218:13
52M. IrwinD00-13220:33
57T. WingelsC00-11015:21
61J. BraunD0001019:29
75F. HamiltonC0001012:09
80M. TennysonD0001015:43
81T. KennedyC00-15016:12
83M. NietoL00-13013:36
88B. BurnsD0001016:38
32A. Stalock2426.92358:46
35H. Sateri00.0000:00
2D. RundbladD0202018:49
3K. YandleD00-11019:27
4Z. MichalekD0001221:46
6D. SchlemkoD0011015:56
11M. HanzalC0010215:29
15M. DomiL0014014:00
17R. VrbataR1013014:36
18D. MossR0002014:27
19S. DoanR00-10016:27
24K. ChipchuraC0001014:09
28L. KorpikoskiL0000212:45
36R. KlinkhammerL0003012:51
50A. VermetteC0000014:18
51L. LessioL0002013:04
53D. MorrisD0001018:41
63M. RibeiroC01-10016:34
89M. BoedkerL00-12015:51
1T. Greiss2526.96259:41
41M. Smith00.0000:00