Three takeaways from Sharks' 3-2 loss to Coyotes
Failed business trip
The Sharks made a quick trip to Arizona on Tuesday, and despite playing a struggling team in full rebuild-mode, dropped a 3-2 decision.
Coyotes more desperate
The Sharks had a decent first period, outshooting Arizona 14-6 and taking the lead on a Patrick Marleau score. But in the second, they allowed the Coyotes to jump all over them and score three times while controlling play for lengthy amounts of time in the offensive zone. That simply shouldn’t happen against a team that is nowhere close to matching the kind of talent on the Sharks have on their roster.
Pete DeBoer said: "They haven’t won many games lately and you could see they were desperate to win tonight. Once they got the lead they were doing whatever they had to do to win the game.”
Domingue wins goalie battle
Louis Domingue entered the night with a 4.38 goals-against average and .869 save percentage, while Martin Jones had won three straight starts, allowing just three goals on 73 shots over that span. Domingue was the better goalie, though, including stopping 15 of 16 third period shots and not letting the Sharks back in the game until there was just 10 seconds to go in regulation. Jones, meanwhile, allowed a soft goal to Jamie McGinn that ended up being the difference.
“Give him credit, he made some key saves,” Joe Pavelski said.
Boedker scores in his reunion, Marleau strong
Newcomer Mikkel Boedker got off to a slow start with San Jose with just one goal and no assists through nine games. He managed to put one in the closing seconds against his former club, and even though it was too late in the game to make much of a difference, perhaps it jumpstarts his offense. “I think we had some good opportunities,” Boedker told reporters after the game. “Their goalie made some timely saves, and that’s the game-breaker I guess, but, yeah, it was nice to get one, too.”
The best player on the ice for San Jose, though, was Marleau, who finished with a goal, four shots and a plus-two rating.