The San Jose Sharks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Tuesday. Arizona played really well, but about a minute of bad play and an unlucky bounce was all the Sharks needed to pull out a win against Arizona.
The first period was definitely an exciting one. Both teams had explosive plays in each other’s offensive zones. There were close calls, but both goaltenders stood on their head for a majority of the period.
Arizona played really well in the period for the most part. They did exceptionally well in board battles, keeping the puck away from San Jose in both ends. At one point in the period, San Jose went nine minutes without a shot on goal.
The first period ended with Arizona out in front 1-0, but San Jose had power play time that would carry over into the next period.
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The great play of the Coyotes from the first period was nowhere to be seen in the beginning of the second. San Jose was able to score on the power play almost immediately as the period began.
They scored shortly after the power play goal and quickly took a 2-1 lead not even five minutes in. The Sharks outplayed the Coyotes for the first half of the period, but Arizona was able to tie the game up on a Shane Doan goal midway through the period.
After that goal, Arizona seemed to play like the team they were in the first period. With under a minute left in the second, San Jose appeared to have scored, but the goal was waived off as the net had been dislodged.
The period ended with the game tied 2-2. San Jose would again start the next period with carry over power play time.
Arizona kept up their good play in the third. They began the period by killing off a penalty and built momentum off of that kill. They were sustaining pressure consistently but just couldn’t beat Antti Niemi.
San Jose was able to get the game-winning goal midway through the period on a weak shot that deflected off of Zbynek Michalek’s skate and into the net. Arizona didn’t give up and played hard for the remainder of the period but just couldn’t tie the game again.
- Devan Dubnyk was in net for Arizona.
- Mikkel Boedker has now scored in three consecutive games.
- Martin Hanzal was out still out with an injury.
- With his goal tonight, Shane Doan now has 15 straight seasons with at least 10 goals.
- Mikkel Boedker (13th)
- Shane Doan (10th)
San Jose Sharks:
- Joe Pavelski
- Mikkel Boedker
- Brent Burns