Sharks 5, Coyotes 3
Tuesday, 02.01.2011 / 10:44 PM
By Associated Press
SAN JOSE --
San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau provided a fitting ending to a night that began with a pregame ceremony honoring his 1,000th NHL game last month.
Marleau scored a short-handed goal with 6:05 remaining (see KEY MOMENT
below) to cap San Jose's rally from a three-goal deficit, and the Sharks beat the Coyotes, 5-3, on Tuesday night at the HP Pavilion.
Phoenix, which entered the game with five consecutive road wins, led 3-0 after 39-plus minutes but couldn't close the deal.
Joe Pavelski scored in the closing seconds of the second period and again in the opening minutes of the third to start San Jose's comeback.
Sharks goalie Alex Stalock earned the win in relief in his NHL debut, making nine saves.
The comeback sent the Sharks off on a high note for their longest road trip of the season - a seven-game, two-week trek that begins in Anaheim on Wednesday. The Sharks have won five of six games heading into the road trip, putting last month's six-game losing streak far behind them.
opened the scoring for the Coyotes (25-18-9) and Paul Bissonnette
added his first goal of the season for Phoenix, which lost to San Jose (26-19-6) for the seventh straight time (0-4-3).
The Sharks came out flat and trailed 3-0 late in the second period. They were booed by the home crowd, pulled goalie Antti Niemi and couldn't even get into a fight when they tried.
Jamal Mayers dropped his gloves right after a faceoff midway through the second, ready to challenge Bissonnette. But Bissonnette, who has nine fighting penalties this season, didn't take the bait and Mayers was left shaking his head as he was sent to the locker room with a 10-minute misconduct penalty.
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But the frustration started to ease late in the period when Coyotes forward Eric Belanger
got sent off for tripping. Dany Heatley sent a shot in on Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov
and Pavelski knocked the rebound in with 7.2 seconds left in the period to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Then just 1:24 into the third, Pavelski skated to the front of the net and was in position to knock in a rebound of Devin Setoguchi's to make it a one-goal deficit.
Kyle Wellwood tied the score with his first goal since joining the Sharks late last month off a pass from fellow newcomer Ben Eager - capping a stretch of three goals in less than six minutes.
The Coyotes jumped on the Sharks with two goals in a strong opening period and then seemingly took control of the game when Bissonnette scored for the first time in more than a year on a one-timer in the slot off a feed from rookie Oliver Ekman-Larsson
to make the score 3-0 and draw boos from the crowd. Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan pulled Niemi and put Stalock in goal for his NHL debut.
► EDITOR'S NOTE:
Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.
Tied 3-3, Sharks forward Patrick Marleau scored a short-handed goal with 6:05 left in the third period.
Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle lost the puck to Marleau in the offensive zone on Phoenix's third power play. Marleau then knocked the stick out of Kyle Turris' hands while gathering the puck in the neutral zone, and skated in and beat Ilya Bryzgalov on a breakaway with Turris chasing him sans his stick.
"I was able to chip it by the d-man there and win a race for the puck," Marleau said. "The puck was rolling the whole way and I was able to get the shot off."
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• Defenseman Keith Yandle
scored a goal in the first period to extend his point streak to 10 games. Yandle has notched three goals and 12 assists during his streak.
• Phoenix dropped to 20-2-2 in games in which it has held a lead after two periods. The two regulation losses have come in the past three games.
• Phoenix has scored a power-play goal in each of its last six games - 6 for 24.
• Winger Radim Vrbata
led the team with seven shots on goal.
• Defenseman Ed Jovanovski
left the game after being boarded by Dany Heatley at the 14:33 mark of the first period. Jovanovski returned at the start of the second period. He ended up playing 18:31.
• The Coyotes scratched Mikkel Boedker
and Michal Rozsival
• The Coyotes' next game is Wednesday vs. Vancouver at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
||"It was a huge disappointment. We made a couple of critical errors to let them back into the game and they took the momentum and ran with it... In the third perod, they came out and made a couple plays, the snowball started and it didn't stop."
||"They got a couple of good goals and caught a couple of breaks. We couldn't close them out. It was a backbreaker but the good thing about it is we play again tomorrow night (at home vs. Vancouver)."
||"It's a nice way to finish it off with a win on the same day as the ceremony with the parents in town. It's a nice little story line, don't you think?"