Shane Doan’s empty-net goal with 11 seconds left in regulation helped the Coyotes clinch a 3-1 win over the Sharks at Gila River Arena on Friday.
The Sharks took on the Coyotes in the desert for some preseason action.
The last time both teams faced each other was on April 9. San Jose finished the 2015-16 regular season with a 1-0 shutout win over Arizona at the Shark Tank.
Joonas Donskoi gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead after he finished a tic-tac-toe play off passes by Logan Couture and Mikka Boedker. Just a few minutes later, Anthony DeAngelo unexpectedly beat Martin Jones out of nowhere to tie the game 1-1.
It wasn’t a physical first period, but the Sharks displayed some improvement by shooting the puck. The score was knotted at one and shots were 13-7 in favor of San Jose.
The Sharks entered the second period with hopes to capitalize on the man advantage, but their power play was ineffective. Head coach Peter DeBoer made another line change in an attempt to take advantage of the Coyotes.
Radim Vrbata converted a shorthanded change to put the Coyotes up 2-1. The Sharks received their first penalty of the game when Tommy Wingels went to the box for high-sticking at 10:28. Regular 4-on-4 hockey resmed after San Jose killed off the penalty.
Dreadful way for the Sharks to end the second period, as they trailed the Coyotes, 2-1. Neither team was unable to capitalize on the man advantage.
The Sharks were searching for more scoring opportunities to get ahead. San Jose just needed one goal to force overtime. The Coyotes made a statement by killing off a 5-on-3 power play.
Martin Jones was pulled for an extra attacker. Captain Shane Doan made a statement by shooting the puck into the empty net, sealing a 3-1 victory for the Coyotes.
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made 29 saves. Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 20 saves.
The Sharks host the Kings in their home opener Thursday night.