GLENDALE – A road trip that started with such promise ended with a thud.
Martin Hanzal’s overtime goal at 1:16 gave Arizona a 3-2 win, as Hanzal deflected a Alex Goligoski shot through Martin Jones on Saturday at Gila River Arena.
The Sharks finished 3-2-1 on their longest road trip of the season, winning the first three in Washington, Tampa Bay and Florida but losing three straight in Carolina, St. Louis and Arizona. They are 9-8-1 for the season.
The Sharks erased a 2-0 hole to start the third period.
On the opening shift, they finally solved Mike Smith when Joe Pavelski got just enough of a Justin Braun floater at the 41-second mark.
Midway through the frame, Chris Tierney won an offensive zone faceoff to David Schlemko. The defenseman pushed the puck to Matt Nieto in the high slot, and Nieto let fly with a one-timer that was deflected by Tommy Wingels in front at 10:28.
The Sharks controlled play for much of the first period, outshooting the Coyotes 17-4, but it was Arizona that got the only goal. Jordan Martinook chipped the puck past Paul Martin, who was a step too deep in the Sharks offensive zone, and dished to Tobias Rieder for an easy conversion at 1:55.
Smith’s play in net allowed Arizona to increase its lead in the middle frame. The goalie made key saves on Joe Pavelski’s tip try on a Sharks power play, a Matt Nieto redirection from the slot five minutes in, and Joel Ward’s short side attempt with 5:39 to go.
The goal came from Max Domi, who beat Jones with a wrist shot inside the near post on a Coyotes power play at 7:53.
The Sharks and Coyotes meet three more times this season, including Nov. 29 at SAP Center. Arizona is 2-0 against San Jose this season, with both wins coming in Glendale.
The Sharks power play remained ice cold, going 0-for-3. It is just 1-for-20 over the last seven games, and 1-for-25 in its last 10 on the road.
After going 11 straight games without allowing an opponent to score on the power play, the Sharks have now given one up in each of their last two games. Arizona was 1-for-4.
Jones started five of the six games on the road trip, allowing three goals on 25 shots.
Playing in just his fourth game due to an injury earlier this season, Smith made 43 saves.
The Sharks were playing their first game this season without Tomas Hertl, who suffered what looked to be a right knee injury on Thursday in St. Louis. He will be out for “weeks, not days,” according to a source.
Forward Melker Karlsson missed his third straight game due to injury to his left foot/ankle area, but is expected to return shortly. Micheal Haley played for the first time in six games, engaging Ryan White in a furious fight in the first period.
Arizona was without Lawson Crouse (upper body).
The Sharks have a hectic week at home next week with four games in six days, beginning with the Devils on Monday. They will also host the Blackhawks, Islanders, Ducks and Coyotes on a five-game homestand.