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Blood in the Water: Arizona Coyotes at San Jose Sharks Recap

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Once Sharks can taste blood in the water, they tend to go for the kill.

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On the second night of a back to back the Arizona Coyotes found themselves struggling to stay afloat in the shark tank. After a few hard hits in the first period, the Coyotes ended up heading into the second period down 2-0. The Coyotes would score the lone goal in the second, and San Jose would have a goal disallowed in third, but it wouldn't be enough as the Sharks could taste the blood in the water.

After the Anaheim Ducks winning earlier in the night to the Chicago Blackhawks this was a must win game for the Coyotes in order to continue to be in playoff contention. Surrendering up the two points to a division rival in the Sharks was a tough blow in a long skid for the Coyotes.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 San Jose: After crashing into the boards at an awkward angle Connor Murphy was a little disorientated in front of the net. Unable to get off the ice and getting tangled up with Dainius Zubrus, Murphy was unable to get in position to block Matt Tennyson's shot from the point and Louis Domingue failed to make a save. Assists to Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson at 2:59.

2-0 San Jose: After an offensive crumble, and a turnover by Jordan Martinook in the offensive zone, the puck is carried in by Zubrus who passes the puck to Karlsson. Burns picks up the puck from Karlsson as he enters the zone and swiftly passes it to Chris Tierney in front of the net. Tierney tips it in to give the Sharks a two goal lead. Assists go to Burns and Karlsson at 18:56.

Second Period

2-1 San Jose: After clearing the puck the Sharks manage to turn it over in their offensive zone allowing Tobias Rieder to feed the puck down ice to Martin Hanzal. Hanzal then goes on a breakaway, shooting from the dot just beating Martin Jones. Assist to Reider at 1:58.

Third Period

3-1 San Jose: Shortly after a San Jose disallowed goal, the puck is moved from behind the net by Joe Pavelski sent the puck out high to Paul Martin. Martin then passes to Burns who shoots the puck from the point, to be deflected into the net by Tomas Hertl. Assists to Martin and Burns at 10:58

4-1 San Jose: After trailing by two goals Coach Dave Tippet would pull the goalie with 1:30 left in the third, to help counter balance the Shark power play. This would prove to backfire on the Coyotes as Joe Thornton tips a Marc-Edouard Vlassic pass to Joonas Donskoi who dishes the puck into the empty net. Assists go to Vlassic and Thornton at 18:41.

Stat Report

San Jose Sharks Arizona Coyotes
First Period Shots 9 10
Second Period Shots 13 12
Third Period Shots 6 1
Total Shots 28 23
Power Plays 1 for 5 0 for 3
Faceoff Wins 30 30
Save Percentage .957 .889

Paw Prints

  • For the San Jose perspective, check out Fear The Fin
  • Martin Hanzal is now just 4 goals away from 100 career goals.
  • Shane Doan is currently 9th in the NHL with 0.47 goals per game, slightly higher than Crosby, Stamkos and Tavares.
  • Due to a high stick Tomas Hertl's original goal was disallowed but he's end up on the score sheet only moments later after defecting in the third goal of the night.
  • Coyotes back-to-back record is now 4-6-1, they sit out of third place in the pacific by 6 points.
  • Michael Stone took a penalty in the third period for an illegal check to the head, his second questionable penalty in just as many games.

Looking Ahead

Arizona will return home and prepare to play the Canadiens on Monday night. Puck drop is at 7PM Arizona time.