Instant Replay: Sharks come back to force OT, but Hanzal finishes it

Instant Replay: Sharks come back to force OT, but Hanzal finishes it


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.

Special teams

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.

In goal

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).

Up next

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.

Kane leads Sharks to critical win on four-goal night

Kane leads Sharks to critical win on four-goal night


CALGARY, Alberta -- Evander Kane scored four goals to lead the San Jose Sharks past the Calgary Flames 7-4 on Friday night.

Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have won three straight and four of five. Kevin Lebanc and Eric Fehr also scored, and Martin Jones made 30 saves.

It was the first NHL hat trick for Kane, acquired from Buffalo just before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

Micheal Ferland had a goal and an assist for the Flames, who are four points out of a playoff spot. Troy BrouwerMark Jankowski and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for Calgary.

Three nights after stopping all 28 shots he faced against the Oilers, Calgary goalie Mike Smith had a rough outing as he made just 14 saves before being replaced by David Rittich early in the third period. Rittich went on to stop all seven shots he faced in a relief appearance.

The Sharks opened the scoring six minutes into the first period when Kane's wrist shot beat Smith to the glove side.

The Flames pulled even at 16:42 when Brouwer chipped a pass from Curtis Lazar into the top corner behind Jones. Matt Stajan stole the puck from Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon behind the San Jose net to get the play started.

Jankowski took a pass from linemate Garnet Hathaway and wired a shot to the top corner, glove side behind Jones to put Calgary up 2-1 at 2:10 of the second period.

Kane then redirected Dillon's point shot past Smith at 6:29 before Gaudreau cut into the slot and snapped a shot past Jones at 10:16 to put Calgary back up by a goal.

That lead lasted just 1:26 as Lebanc fired a shot from a sharp angle into the top corner past Smith to pull the Sharks into a 3-all tie.

Kane completed his hat trick at 16:32 when he swatted in his own rebound before Hertl poked the puck through Smith's legs with 1:58 remaining before the second intermission.

The Sharks added an insurance goal 62 seconds into the third when Kane redirected a pass from Joe Pavelski past Smith.

Ferland backhanded a shot past Jones to pull Calgary within two goals with 5:35 left in regulation and Rittich on the bench for an extra attacker. Fehr rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal 1:37 later.

NOTES: Jankowski suited up for the Flames after sitting out Tuesday's 1-0 win over Edmonton. Fellow forward Kris Versteeg returned to Calgary's lineup after missing the past 49 games with a hip injury. ... Gaudreau extended his point streak to six games (three goals, five assists).


Sharks: At the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Flames: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.

Jones set for big workload down the stretch


Jones set for big workload down the stretch

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones is on pace for the lightest overall workload of his career as a starter. After starting 65 games in his first two seasons in San Jose, Jones can only play a maximum of 62 if he appears in each of the team's 12 remaining games. 

Yet simultaneously, he is also on pace for the largest stretch-run workload of his career. Jones will make his 10th straight start, and 51st overall, Friday night in Calgary. 

Friday will also mark his eighth consecutive start since the trade deadline. Over the last two seasons, Jones made 13 and 14 starts, respectively, from the deadline onwards. 

It's easy to envision Jones far surpassing that workload. Entering Mar. 16 each of the last two years, the Sharks held, respectively, 10-point and 18-point leads over the West's ninth-place team, the closest among the squads on the outside looking in at the postseason. As a result, James Reimer and Aaron Dell spelled Jones for eight and seven starts, respectively, to keep him rested ahead of the postseason. 

This year, San Jose's only three points clear of the ninth-place Anaheim Ducks. There's also only one back-to-back remaining on the post-deadline schedule, compared to five in 2016-17 and two in 2015-16, and 10 of the next 12 games are against teams within four points of a playoff spot. 

Taking all of that into consideration, Jones should pretty easily exceed the mark of 14 post-trade deadline starts he set last season and ultimately start more than 60 games for the third consecutive season, barring injury. 

Should the Sharks clinch a playoff spot, it will be fair to wonder what kind of effect Jones' stretch-run starts will have on his postseason performance. Jones posted a .923 save percentage in San Jose's run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, and a .935 save percentage in the first round last year after receiving a good amount of time off. 

But the Sharks have to get there first, and it's understandable they will rely on Jones in order to do so. The recently-extended Aaron Dell remains one of the league's better backups, but has come a bit back down to earth this season (.914 save percentage) after earning the role last year (.931). 

Jones, for his part, has handled the increased workload well so far, winning five of nine games and posting a .922 save percentage. How well handles his 10th consecutive start, and any that follow, will have a profound impact on the Sharks' hopes of making the playoffs.