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37-30-15
San Jose
Sharks
51-22-9

23 SOG
51 SOG
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Hertl's Pair of Goals Lead Sharks past Coyotes

Monday, 10.07.2013 / 12:15 PM
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Hertl's Pair of Goals Lead Sharks past Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes 1, San Jose Sharks 4
Three Stars of the Game
Tomas Hertl
1st
Tomas Hertl
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:40
Mike Smith
2nd
SA: 50TOI: 58:40
GA: 3EV: 34-35
PIM: 2PP: 12-14
SV%: .940SH: 1-1
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3rd
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:54

SAN JOSE - Rookie Thomas Hertl is making a big impression with the San Jose Sharks.

Hertl had an assist in his NHL debut on Thursday and followed that with two goals as San Jose beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Saturday night for their second win in as many games this season.

Hertl, San Jose's first selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, beat Mike Smith 46 seconds after the opening faceoff and made it 2-0 at 7:23 with a power-play goal. Patrick Marleau beat a beleaguered Smith for another power-play goal at 12:30 for a 3-0 lead.

The Sharks finished with a 51-23 advantage in shots on goal, but didn't beat Smith again. Logan Couture hit the empty net for the final margin.

"I was just telling myself make as many saves as you can and maybe we'll figure it out," Smith said.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored late in the second period for the Coyotes, who played the opener of a five-game trip after beating the New York Rangers at home in their season-opener on Thursday.

Antti Niemi stopped 22 shots for San Jose, which hosts the Rangers on Tuesday.

Hertl opened the scoring when he took a pass from Marc-Edouard Vlasic and slipped a backhander through Smith's legs. He made it 2-0 by redirecting Matt Irwin's shot into the net.

"Obviously that first goal hurts," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "We have to get going and respond better than the way we did. We stopped making plays, and then it was a calamity of errors."

Marleau scored his second goal of the season by putting Vlasic's pass into an empty net after Joe Pavelski's pass bounced off Smith's pad.

Ekman-Larsson gave the Coyotes some life when he took a pass from Zbynek Michalek in his own zone and went coast-to-coast before firing a wrister from the right side that went into the net off Niemi's glove.

"We didn't execute well and we got out-battled on loose pucks," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said, "and when you don't have the puck ever, you're chasing the game. And that's what we did."

Smith agreed.

"Everything we did well in the first game we didn't do tonight," Smith said. "And it showed. They were coming at us hard, and we know they always do in this arena, but we didn't answer the bell."

Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris left the game after suffering an upper-body injury and did not return.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:46
SJS
Tomas Hertl (1) ASST: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (2)
1 - 0 SJS
07:23
SJS
PPG - Tomas Hertl (2) ASST: Matt Irwin (1), Brent Burns (1)
2 - 0 SJS
12:30
SJS
PPG - Patrick Marleau (2) ASST: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (3), Joe Pavelski (1)
3 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
16:47
PHX
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1) ASST: Zbynek Michalek (1)
3 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
19:35
SJS
EN - Logan Couture (1) ASST: Joe Pavelski (2)
4 - 1 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
06:34
PHX
Oliver Ekman-Larsson  Holding against  Logan Couture
07:54
SJS
Andrew Desjardins  Delay Gm - Face-off Violation
10:35
PHX
Kyle Chipchura  Hi-sticking against  Joe Thornton
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
08:09
PHX
Mike Smith  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
10:52
PHX
Zbynek Michalek  Holding against  Logan Couture
goalie stats
Mike Smith
SA: 50TOI: 58:40
Saves: 47EV: 34 - 35
PIM: 2PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .940SH: 1 - 1
Antti Niemi
Antti Niemi
2-0-0
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .957SH: 2 - 2
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