September 21, 2013
SAN JOSE- The San Jose Sharks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 in Overtime on Saturday night at the SAP Center in San Jose. The Sharks bounced right back after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks just one night ago.
San Jose trailed early in the contest as Phoenix was the first and only team to score in the opening period. Oliver Ekman-Larsson put the Coyotes on top with assists from Tim Kennedy and Chris Brown midway through the period. Phoenix played strong on the ice early and held San Jose scoreless.
The Sharks were resilient after the first intermission. San Jose came out strong in the second period scoring just 52 seconds into the frame. Freddie Hamilton found the net on the play. The assists were earned by Logan Couture and assistant captain Patrick Marleau on the goal. The second period was the highest scoring period of the night as there were three goals scored in total, two of which by San Jose.
The Sharks gained their first lead of the night after a goal from Jason Demers at 11:37. The goal was scored on a power play after a penalty committed by the Coyotes. Joe Pavelski earned the assist on the play to help the take the 2-1 advantage. With less than one minutes to play in the second period, the Sharks gave up a frustrating goal that tied the game up at two goals apiece.
The third period went scoreless as both the Coyotes and Sharks played tough defense to keep the score at 2-2 at the end of regulation. For the second night in a row the San Jose Sharks played extra hockey as their last two games went into overtime. But, unlike last night, they were on the winning side of a 3-2 score.
Couture nailed the game winner with a goal that he slipped into the net from behind the Phoenix goaltender. The goal was assisted by Demers and Pavelski to end the contest with 1:32 remaining in the overtime period.
Phillip Torres covers the San Jose Sharks for Sportsradioservice.com