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Sharks cap historic, 'frustrating' game with shootout win

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Although the Sharks emerged victorious from Tuesday night's wild 8-7 shootout win over the Arizona Coyotes, that does not mean head coach Bob Boughner is coming away thrilled with his team's effort.

"Obviously happy to get the two points, I'll never complain about that, but yeah frustrating, that was a very frustrating game to coach and I'm sure to play in," Boughner told reporters after the win. "I thought it was sloppy at the beginning and we tried to guard ourselves against that, we talked about that, keeping it simple and I thought we had way too many giveaways, we gave up six scoring chances in the first period which is unacceptable.

"I thought we settled down but we couldn't keep a lead, we gave up I believe it was three times a two-goal lead, that's not going to win you a lot of hockey games."

In what ended up being the highest-scoring game of the NHL season so far, the Sharks set a number of milestones.

The two goals in just seven seconds of game action tied a Sharks franchise record, as Radim Simek and Jeffrey Viel pushed the Sharks' lead out to 4-2 in the second period with their quick flurry of goals.

San Jose also amazingly became just the second team in NHL history to have 15 different players register a point while not having any player with more than one goal and one assist.

James Reimer got the start in goal, and became the first netminder in franchise history to allow seven or more goals and still come up with a win.

 
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Despite the history, there certainly are several reasons why the victory was frustrating.

For one, the Coyotes have the NHL's fewest points (15) and trail the next-worst team in the Central Division by 11 points.

The Sharks also had a 7-5 lead with seven minutes left on the clock, before a pair of late goals by Arizona sent the game into overtime.

Wasting no time after the scoreless additional frame, Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl both connected on their shootout attempts, while both Nick Schmaltz and Clayton Keller came up short.

Couture knows the Sharks will need to put a better effort forth going forward if they hope to take down teams better than the last-place Coyotes.

"No disprespect to them, but their record is what their record is," Couture told reporters postgame. "We got a team that's going to come in in Philly that's going to be hungry and we can't give up that many chances, they scored seven goals against us and you're not going to win any games playing like that."

The Sharks will look to hunker down and beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at SAP Center, after hopefully resting up following this chaotic clash.