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Sharks 6, Coyotes 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Sharks 6, Coyotes 3
Phoenix Coyotes 3, San Jose Sharks 6
Three Stars of the Game
Andrew Desjardins
Andrew Desjardins
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 9:20
Joe Pavelski
Joe Pavelski
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:56
Patrick Marleau
Patrick Marleau
G: 0Shots: 7
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 17:35

Associated Press
SAN JOSE -- Joe Pavelski and Andrew Desjardins scored two goals apiece and the San Jose Sharks beat the Coyotes, 6-3, on Saturday night at HP Pavilion in the 2011-12 season opener for both teams.

Captain Shane Doan scored two power-play goals and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored on the man advantage for the Coyotes, who trailed 6-1 after two periods.

Goalie Mike Smith stopped 46 of 52 shots in his debut with the Coyotes (0-0-1).

San Jose's Thomas Greiss made 26 saves in his first NHL start since March 28, 2010. Greiss, who was a backup to Evgeni Nabokov that season, was sent by San Jose on loan to Sweden last season after the team signed Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki as free agents.

Greiss signed again with the Sharks as a free agent this summer and got the chance to start with Niemi recovering from having a cyst removed and Niittymaki rehabbing from hip surgery. He didn't need to do much to earn this win.

The Sharks scored twice in the opening period and then broke the game open with a four-goal second as they scored three times overall on the power play.

Pavelski got both of his goals on the power play, adapting nicely to his new role down low with the man advantage after playing mostly at the point last year. He tapped in a pass from Marleau in the first and deflected Dan Boyle's point shot past Smith in the second to make it 5-1.

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Pavelski changed roles on the power play and moved to the top line with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau after an offseason of moves that included the acquisition of All-Star defenseman Brent Burns.

Desjardins, who played just 17 games last season, took advantage of his increased role this year scoring twice in the second period (see KEY MOMENT below).

The Sharks started quickly, taking 13 of the game's first 14 shots and breaking out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. They struck first on the power play 14 seconds after Handzus drew a holding penalty from Taylor Pyatt.

Burns did a good job pinching in from the point to keep possession of the puck and Patrick Marleau fed Pavelski from behind the net for an easy tap-in goal. It was a new spot for Pavelski, who played the point on the power play for most of last season.

Handzus drew another penalty a few minutes later but the Sharks were unable to score on the power play. He got on the scoresheet midway through the period when he beat Smith with a wraparound goal that made it 2-0.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of compiled this recap.

Leading 3-0, San Jose's Andrew Desjardins took the puck away from Phoenix in the neutral zone and scored an unassisted, breakaway goal at 8:33 of the second period.

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.

• Before the game, Head Coach Dave Tippett announced that center Martin Hanzal will join Keith Yandle as an alternate captain in 2011-12. Click here to read more.

Shane Doan
• Captain Shane Doan scored the 297th and 298th goals of his NHL career. It was the 38th two-goal game of his NHL career.

• Defenseman Keith Yandle played a game-high 31:04 and had two assists. It was the 27th multi-point game of his NHL career.

• Defenseman Michal Rozsival was hit in the face by a shot by San Jose's Michal Handzus at the 6:18 mark of the first period. He left the ice and did not return to the game.

• Center Daymond Langkow had an assist and won 9 of 13 faceoffs.

• The loss was the first for Phoenix in a season opener since the 2005-06 season. It was also Phoenix's sixth straight loss at HP Pavilion.

• The Coyotes allowed 52 shots on goal. That's the most shots the Coyotes have given up in a game since Feb. 8, 1997.

• The Coyotes scratched Petteri Nokelainen, Patrick O'Sullivan and David Schlemko.

• The Coyotes' next game is Monday vs. Dallas at the American Airlines Center. The puck drops at 3 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
"It was embarrassing. That's the way it is sometimes. It's tough. It's not the way you want to start." "We made some mistakes early, couldn't handle their pressure and they came at us full bore. They just overwhelmed us for the first two periods. That's something that's very disappointing in the way our group reacted." "Everybody played well, everybody skated well. Once we got the first couple of goals early we sensed they were kind of deflated."
Doan Tippett Thornton
Desjardins Pavelski Marleau
  • Oct. 8, 2011: SJS 6, PHX 3
  • Nov. 14, 2011:
  • March 24, 2012:
  • Feb. 4, 2012:
  • March 10, 2012:
• March 29, 2012:
scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Joe Pavelski (1) ASST: Patrick Marleau (1), Brent Burns (1)
1 - 0 SJS
Michal Handzus (1) ASST: Torrey Mitchell (1), Jason Demers (1)
2 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
PPG - Ryane Clowe (1) ASST: Logan Couture (1), Tommy Wingels (1)
3 - 0 SJS
Andrew Desjardins (1) ASST: NONE
4 - 0 SJS
PPG - Shane Doan (1) ASST: Radim Vrbata (1), Keith Yandle (1)
4 - 1 SJS
PPG - Joe Pavelski (2) ASST: Dan Boyle (1), Patrick Marleau (2)
5 - 1 SJS
Andrew Desjardins (2) ASST: Brad Winchester (1)
6 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
PPG - Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1) ASST: Mikkel Boedker (1), Daymond Langkow (1)
6 - 2 SJS
PPG - Shane Doan (2) ASST: Keith Yandle (2), Ray Whitney (1)
6 - 3 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
Taylor Pyatt  Hi-sticking against  Michal Handzus
Derek Morris  Holding against  Michal Handzus
2nd Period
Logan Couture  Hooking against  Lauri Korpikoski
Derek Morris  Boarding against  Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau  Roughing against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Douglas Murray  Holding the stick against  Taylor Pyatt
Rostislav Klesla  Holding against  Joe Thornton
3rd Period
Joe Thornton  Holding the stick against  Mikkel Boedker
Tommy Wingels  Interference against  Boyd Gordon
Andrew Desjardins  Hooking against  Lauri Korpikoski
Adrian Aucoin  Holding against  Patrick Marleau
Ryane Clowe  Boarding against  Shane Doan
Ryane Clowe  Roughing against  Shane Doan
Shane Doan  Roughing against  Ryane Clowe
Keith Yandle  Tripping against  Jamie McGinn
goalie stats
Mike Smith
SA: 52TOI: 58:13
Saves: 46EV: 34 - 37
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 15
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0
Thomas Greiss
Thomas Greiss
SA: 29TOI: 59:55
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 9
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