~ Photo credit: Darin Stephens @SharksStats
~ By Pearl Allison Lo
~ Aaron Dell made 30 saves in his first shootout and radio play master Dan Rusanowsky announced the San Jose Sharks’ 3-2 win versus the Arizona Coyotes in his 2,000th NHL game Tuesday.
The ‘Desert Dogs’ took another tough loss, this one also beyond regulation, after climbing back from a 2-0 deficit.
This quick rematch between the two teams was not as crazy as the last meetup in terms of the amount of goals scored. However, it was still a tight one and went beyond last game from overtime into a shootout.
Joe Pavelski scored the game-winner on the Sharks’ first try and the team is now second in the Pacific Division.
San Jose also moved to 15-0-2 after leading past two periods. Before this win, the team had lost the second game of their last four back-to-backs.
For Arizona, it was their third straight loss beyond regulation, third straight shootout loss and fourth straight overall loss.
The Coyotes’ Brad Richardson had a goal and assist and for the Sharks. Both Joe Thornton and Mikkel Boedker reached three-game point streaks with their second goals in as many games.
Christian Dvorak took a costly penalty at 4:21 of the first as Thornton scored midway to make it 1-0. Logan Couture took Thornton’s pass instead of the intended recipient Pavelski and Thornton cleaned up Couture’s rebound. Tomas Hertl collected the second assist. Thornton now has five points in three games with three goals.
San Jose duplicated their lead just 34 seconds into the second, as Boedker scored on his fifth shot in two games. Joakim Ryan transferred the puck across the far blue line to Brent Burns who slid the puck to Boedker in the neutral zone. Boedker then raced to the net on a 2-on-1 and picked the side of the net with a defender right in front of him.
Arizona took a bit of the edge off when Jordan Martinook redirected Jason Demers’ shot from the point to make it 2-1 at 16:05. The goal came half a minute after the Sharks killed off a too many men penalty. Brad Richardson acquired the second assist. It was Martinook’s first goal in 2018.
The second period was also an efficient one, as the goals came from only five shots per team.
The Coyotes nearly had their own 30 second opening goal in the third, but Dell was able to hold Nick Cousins’ puck at his doorstep. He later stopped a 2-on-1 versus Richard Panik.
Arizona remained undeterred and finally scored the game-tying goal at 6:10. Oliver Ekman-Larsson passed across the blue line to Cousins who aimed at Dell. It was Richardson’s turn to score as he took the rebound off Dell and slid around to score. Richardson’s goal was part of an 8-1 shot advantage for the Coyotes.
After a period of inert offense for San Jose, Burns, Chris Tierney and Justin Braun had shots in just over a minute. Neither team could stop each other from going to their fourth overtime game of the year though.
Dell and the Sharks killed off a 4-on-3 penalty in overtime.
Game notes: Antti Raanta was in net this game for Arizona. He made 20 saves and suffered his third straight loss, two of them beyond regulation.
Up next: San Jose will complete their three-game road trip Thursday at 6pm versus the Colorado Avalanche.