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Sharks take a bite out of Coyotes

There were 11 goals scored in total, more than half of them in the first period.

Arizona Coyotes v San Jose Sharks Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Only on thing can be said about the Arizona Coyotes game against the San Jose Sharks.

So close and yet so far...

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Sharks: (Thornton) Kevin Connauton turns the puck over to Joe Pavelski behind the Coyotes net. Pavelski quickly gets it up to Joe Thornton who sneaks it past Scott Wedgewood.

1-1 Tie: (Stepan) Richard Panik sends the puck in to the corner where Brendan Perlini battles with Justin Braun for control. Perlini takes the puck to the top of the face off dot and sends it across the ice to Derek Stepan. Stepan steps up to receive it and swiftly pivots to fire it past Martin Jones.

2-1 Sharks: (Pavelski) Stepan takes a cross-checking penalty against Joonas Donskoi. Brent Burns and Pavelski pass the puck back and forth before the Sharks’ captain fires it on net. It banks in off of Jason Demers.

2-2 Tie: (Goligoski) This one happened so fast that if one blinked they missed it. Stepan wins the offensive zone face off sending the puck straight back to Alex Goligoski who fires it past Jones.

3-2 Sharks: (Couture) The goal was scored by Logan Couture but it was all due to Donskoi. After receiving a stretch pass from Burns, Donskoi fights off both Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Connauton to send the puck back to the trailing Couture.

3-3 Tie: (Fischer) Twenty four seconds after Couture scores Christian Fischer ties the game. He gets the puck from Connauton races through the Neutral and Offensive zones and backhands it past Jones. At this point the Coyotes had scored 3 goals on 6 shots so the Sharks decided to put Aaron Dell in net.

Second Period

4-3 Sharks: (Donskoi) This was the weirdest goal all night. It starts with Dell passing it from behind his own net to Mikkel Boedker who sends a long pass to Donskoi. Wedgewood comes out to poke check it away but Donskoi chips it in over the goaltender and in to the net.

Third Period

4-4 Tie: (Ekman-Larsson) The defenseman sends a long range wrister from the point that deflects off a Shark to tie the game again.

5-4 Coyotes: (Archibald) After some back and forth with Jakob Chychrun, Josh Archibald wires one in from high in the slot. Dell misses it with Clayton Keller providing the screen in front.

5-5 Tie: (Donskoi) The Coyotes failed to put the puck in an empty net giving the Sharks long enough to get it back in the Coyotes zone. Brent Burns fires it on net from the point. Wedgewood makes the initial save but it squeaks through his five hole. Donskoi is right there to put it in the net with 15 seconds left on the clock. FIFTEEN SECONDS!!!!


6-5 Sharks: (Vlasic) The Hockey Gods giveth and the Hockey Gods taketh away. In a situation similar to the one where the Coyotes scored the OT winner against the Nashville Predators the Sharks scored. Wedgewood makes a diving save to block an initial shot by Pavelski but the puck bounces up. Marc-Edouard Vlasic crashes the net to put the puck and Christian Dvorak in the net which dislodges it. The referees and review determined that the puck crossed the line before the net was dislodged and it stood.

Players of the Game

Arizona-Derek Stepan had a goal, an assist and 2 shots on goal.

San Jose-Joonas Donskoi had 2 goals, an assist and 3 shots on goal.

Three Stars

3rd Star-Pavelski

2nd Star-Stepan

1st Star-Vlasic

Donskoi got robbed by the broadcast crew.

Paw Prints

  • For more on the San Jose Sharks check out Fear the Fin.
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the 95th goal of his career tying Dave Ellet for second in the franchise list for goals by a defenseman. Teppo Numinen holds first place with 108 goals.
  • Rookie Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 14 goals, 20 assists and 34 points. Keller leads the league’s rookies with 121 shots, and also leads all first-year forwards in total ice time (839:26) and ice time per game (18:39).
  • Forward Zac Rinaldo returned to play after serving a six-game suspension for punching an unsuspecting opponent.

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes and Sharks will face each other again on Tuesday at Gila River Arena at 7 p.m. local time. It can viewed on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and the radio call will be on AZ Sports 98.7 FM.