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Instant Replay: Coyotes score three in second, hold off Sharks

Instant Replay: Coyotes score three in second, hold off Sharks

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The Sharks surely knew headed into their Tuesday night meeting with Arizona that the young, rebuilding Coyotes had been struggling mightily lately.

Perhaps that’s why they went to sleep in the second period. Arizona outcompeted and outclassed the Sharks in the middle frame, scoring three times and going on to beat the Sharks at Gila River Arena, 3-2.

San Jose (6-4-0) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end, while the Coyotes (3-6-0) won for just the second time in their last eight.

The Sharks seized a 1-0 lead on a Patrick Marleau goal in the first period, but it quickly evaporated in the middle frame.

First, Brad Richardson was permitted to waltz to the front of the net from the back wall, after Brent Burns and Paul Martin were both caught out of position. Richardson slipped it past Martin Jones at 3:42.

Just one minute and 18 seconds later, Lawson Crouse redirected a Kevin Connauton floater for his first career goal to give Arizona its first lead.

The Sharks had a brief chance to equalize the score shortly after the Crouse goal when Joe Pavelski smacked the crossbar with a shot, but instead it was Arizona increasing its lead when Jamie McGinn’s wrister from high in the zone fluttered past the glove hand of Jones at 11:59.

Louis Domingue, who entered the night with downright horrid numbers in goal, kept it a 3-1 game when he robbed Brenden Dillon with just five seconds to go in the second period.

The Sharks pushed in the third, firing 16 shots on goal, but only managed a Mikkel Boedker marker with 10 seconds left in regulation. San Jose didn’t get another shot after that one.

The Sharks fell to 14-5-3 in their last 22 meetings with Arizona.

Tomas Hertl had a secondary assist on both of San Jose’s goals.

Special teams

There were no special teams goals in the game, although Boedker’s came with Jones pulled for an extra attacker. Both teams were 0-for-2.

San Jose is 21-for-22 on the penalty kill in its last seven games.

In goal

After stopping 70 of 73 shots on the Sharks’ three-game homestand, Jones allowed three goals on 30 Arizona shots. It was his sixth straight start, and he dropped to 5-4 on the season.

Domingue beat the Sharks for the first time in his career against three losses, with 39 saves. He’s 2-5-0 for the year, as regular starter Mike Smith remains out with a left leg injury.

Lineup

Boedker, who spent seven-and-a-half seasons in Arizona, played his first game as a visitor at Gila River Arena.

Arizona lost center Martin Hanzal in the first period with a lower body injury.

Up next

The Sharks host the Flames on Thursday for the first of five meetings. On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins visit SAP Center for the first time since raising the Stanley Cup there last June.

Sharks not satisfied with single point, believe skid will strengthen them

Sharks not satisfied with single point, believe skid will strengthen them

Well, the Sharks certainly made it interesting. Every time the Ducks scored a goal on Friday evening, the Sharks came back and were able to tie things up. They even got the game-tying goal late in the third period that took their contest into overtime – at least, before they lost 4-3.

Perhaps at a different time of year, getting their first point in five games would feel better. Not on this night. 

The focus remains on the work to be done with just seven games left in the regular season. For Team Teal, they need to clean their game up and get back into the win column.

“It’s better than nothing, but overall, we’re just not finding ways to win games now,” Timo Meier told the media in Anaheim regarding the single point. “We’ve got to find a way to win games. It’s an important time of the year. Playoffs are really close.”

San Jose put a better effort on the ice on Friday than they did the previous evening in LA against the Kings, but the opportunistic Ducks were able to bury more of their chances,

"I don’t think we gave them very much," Peter DeBoer said. "Every chance they got, they stuck in the net, though."

DeBoer was more critical of the team a second night in a row, and rightfully so. Despite outshooting the opposition, the Sharks weren’t able to find the back of the net enough times. They allowed two goals while playing on the penalty kill and tallied 14 giveaways. Plus, outside of Meier’s power-play marker, San Jose still went one-for-five on the man advantage. Despite tying the score up three times, the Sharks couldn’t keep the Ducks from responding.

Clearly, all areas of the game need to be tweaked.

“We’ve got to find a way to get an extra save, and on (the other) end we’ve got to find a way to get another goal,” DeBoer said. “We could’ve used a power-play goal tonight -- another one.”

Perhaps the only silver lining, as Meier put it, is that the Sharks are going through this stretch now instead of once they get into the playoffs. San Jose is still trying to get some of its key players healthy and into the lineup so they can make a deep playoff run with the lines and pairs they want. The goal, at least at the moment, is to make sure this five-game skid is a lesson to learn from and not a prelude to the future.

"Get stronger as a team, get tighter as a group, and learn," Meier said. "It’s going to make us stronger going into the playoffs because there are going to be lots of ups and downs coming up. It’s going to make us stronger and we’ve got to react the right way.”

Sharks takeaways: What we learned from overtime loss to Ducks

Sharks takeaways: What we learned from overtime loss to Ducks

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All the Sharks needed was a win. Just one win on Friday evening against the Ducks. Two points to salvage the road trip, stop the losing streak, and get back to hunting for first place in the division.

Not surprisingly, Team Teal made things interesting with a game that stayed tied up heading down the stretch. Unfortunately for San Jose, the Ducks were the victors in overtime 4-3.

Here are three takeaways from Friday’s game:

How did the power play look?

In a few words: nonexistent until the third. San Jose had three opportunities on the man advantage through the first 40 minutes of play and couldn’t make anything happen. They even gave up a couple breaks the other way that Dell had to stop. Had the power play converted, the Sharks might’ve been up by two or three goals after two period of play.

Timo Meier came up big with the power-play goal in the third period to tie the score up 2-2. While they couldn’t capitalize on the power-play opportunity immediately followed, Meier’s marker will hopefully open up the flood gates for the power play.

Who else stepped up?

Sharks’ bench boss Peter DeBoer didn’t mince words after Thursday’s loss to the Kings, saying that the team needed someone to step up during this stretch with injured superstars and be a hero.

“You’ve got to get a great performance from somebody in a game like this and I don’t think we got that,” DeBoer said on Thursday.

In all honesty, the whole team looked better even with the loss. The fourth line had a couple very memorable shifts, cycling low and establishing pressure. Joe Thornton’s line was clicking, which was clear from Kevin Labanc’s goal.

Gustav Nyquist was a solo standout – despite not finding the back of the net, he played a heck of a game and had some incredible looks. Of course, you can’t talk about this game without talking about Justin Braun scoring the big game-tying goal in the third frame, which was his first marker since December 2.

How did Aaron Dell do?

In all fairness, Dell gave the Sharks a chance to win for the majority of the game. No. 30 has looked good in his last couple of outings – save his relief effort against the Golden Knights earlier in the week when he had little defense to help him out – and he made a couple great saves in Anaheim as well, especially when the Ducks had a couple short-handed breakaways.

Unfortunately for Dell, he gave up the two power-play goals in the third frame. While Braun was the hero and scored the tying goal late in the third to help take the game into overtime, Dell still couldn’t hold down the fort in overtime. It doesn’t matter if he’s the backup or not – at this time of the season, playing too loose late in games isn’t good.