San Jose Sharks Saturday game wrap: Sharks get roughed up in physical match with Coyotes in 3-2 shootout loss

February 5, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, right, is congratulated by teammates after the Coyotes beat the San Jose Sharks in an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. The Coyotes won in shootout, 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By London Marq

SAN JOSE–It was a brawl at the SAP Center as the San Jose Sharks hosted the Arizona Coyotes in a Pacific division first versus worst matchup. The Desert Dogs have handed the Sharks two losses previously this season and Saturday night was no exception with a 3-2 shootout overtime loss at SAP Center.

The gloves came off early as Brendan Dillon came to the defense of teammate Tomas Hertl. Dillon gave the crowd something to cheer about as he and Arizona’s Lawson Crouse traded blows just to the right of the Sharks bench. The game continued to be physical throughout the contest, with 11 total penalties through two periods. The Coyotes kept the Sharks from being as sharp as normal with rough, chippy play.

The first goal of the game came courtesy of Shane Doan of Arizona in the second period. Controversy on the goal as it looked as if play was about to be halted due to fighting. Play continued however, as the puck flew past Martin, who looked like he had momentarily had taken his eyes off the puck in the confusion. Once again it was Brendan Dillon to the rescue, this time with a goal, his first of the season. It came just shy of five minutes after the first goal, on the feed from Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. They have 10 and 18 assists respectively on the season.

Though the Sharks had flashes of excellent play, they continued the trend of sloppy play against teams that are low ranked with less talent. A goal a piece was scored in the third period, leaving the score tied 2-2 at the end of regulation. Despite having a power play less than two minutes into extra time, the Sharks failed to push a goal across past the Coyote goalkeeper Mike Smith.  Jones made the highlight reel with a save with less than 20 seconds left in overtime to keep the score tied.

The game would go to a shootout, where Coyotes goalie Smith who saved two goals, and Jones let two goals in. The Arizona Desert Dogs complete the upset over their division leading rivals. They’ve now won 3 of 4 games against San Jose this season.

Final/SO Arizona Coyotes def. San Jose Sharks3 – 2





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