The San Jose Sharks took the ice Tuesday night at SAP Center to square-off against the Arizona Coyotes after an 11-day break due to COVID-19 protocols.
While the Sharks were able to return to action, Adin Hill and Jonathan Dahlen remained sidelined in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list. A couple hours before puck drop, Sharks leading goal-scorer Tomas Hertl was removed from the league’s COVID-19 protocol, making him available to play tonight.
Tuesday night was a milestone for Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, who skated in his 1,200 NHL game.
San Jose came into Tuesday night’s matchup looking to get back into the win column after losing their prior two games. James Reimer was the man between the pipes for the Sharks, looking to keep his remarkable start to the season going.
The game started out with a bang as Jonah Gadjovich and Jan Jenik dropped the gloves, exchanging several punches before Jenik dropped to the ice. Gadjovich was sent to the box for an extra two minutes for a cross-check that led to the scrap.
While on the early penalty kill, Alexander Barabanov scored his 4th goal of the season, shorthanded, to put the Sharks on the board first. Barabanov intercepted a pass to keep the puck in the zone before Logan Couture ripped a shot towards the net that deflected off Barabanov’s body into the back of the net.
Just over a minute after San Jose killed off the Coyotes penalty, Lawson Crouse found the back of the net for his 7th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.
With 8:38 left in the opening frame, Nick Bonino netted his 5th goal of the season to give the Sharks the lead back. Just as Barabanov did on his goal, Bonino set up the play by forcing a turnover with a perfect stick check before Matt Nieto sent a shot to the net. Nieto’s quick one-timer bounced off Scott Wedgewood’s left pad, deflecting right to Bonino’s stick, where he went forehand to backhand before depositing the puck into the wide-open net.
With the first period starting to wind down, Janis Moser found the back of the net for his first career NHL goal to tie the game. Lawson Crouse found his way on the scoresheet for a second time tonight, recording the primary assist with a perfect setup pass to Moser who slapped a one-timer over the shoulder of James Reimer.
After a rusty first period from both sides, both teams went into their respective locker rooms tied up at 2. The Sharks ended the period being outshot 14-8.
The Sharks came out of the dressing room soaring, dominating the first several minutes of the second period.
With the Sharks continuing to sustain pressure, Radim Simek blasted a shot from the point that zipped through Wedgewood to regain the lead. Jayden Halbgewachs slid a pass over to Simek, who one-timed a bomb of a slap shot for his first goal of the season. With the primary assist in the goal, Halbgewachs recorded his first career NHL point.
Only 7 seconds after Simek’s go-ahead goal, Jeffrey Viel added another with his first career NHL goal. Viel sent the puck to the front of the net from the corner, which deflected off Antoine Roussel’s stick past Wedgewood. The two goals in 7 seconds marked the fastest two goals scored in Sharks history.
Just under two minutes after San Jose’s quick back-to-back goals, Clayton Keller snapped a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Reimer to trim the Sharks lead in half. Phil Kessel set up the goal with a beautiful cross-ice pass to a wide-open Keller for his 10th goal of the season.
The back-and-forth goal trading continued when Timo Meier scored his 13th goal of the season to extend the Sharks lead back to two. In a crazy sequence in front of Arizona’s net, the puck was bouncing up in the air off multiple bodies before Meier backhanded the puck out of mid-air, floating it over Wedgewood.
Identical to how the first period ended, Janis Moser scored a goal in the closing moments of the second period for the Coyotes. Moser blasted a slap shot through traffic that got past Reimer on the power play to cut the Sharks lead in half heading into the second intermission.
Just as the Sharks did to start the second period, San Jose came out buzzing to start the final frame.
Only 1:44 into the third period, Tomas Hertl scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season to extend his point streak to seven. Noah Gregor backhanded a gorgeous pass to Hertl, who one-timed a missile of a slap shot bardown.
The relentless Coyotes, just as they did all game long, had an answer after the Sharks looked like they were starting to pull away. Lawson Crouse netted his second goal of the game to trim the Sharks lead in half.
The offensive showdown at SAP Center continued when Logan Couture scored his 10th goal of the season. Couture’s goal was set up by a phenomenal passing sequence, starting with an Erik Karlsson bank pass off the boards to Alexander Barabanov who dropped the puck to Couture in the slot for the one-timer.
With 3:09 left in the game, Shayne Gostisbehere scored his 5th goal of the season to put the Coyotes right back into the game.
Less than two minutes after Gostisbehere’s goal cut the Sharks lead to one, Andrew Ladd stunned San Jose with his 5th goal of the season, tying the game with 1:29 left in third.
The third period ended with the Coyotes outshooting the Sharks 41-25. In one of the wildest games of the NHL season, San Jose and Arizona headed to overtime tied 7-7.
Less than a minute into overtime, Clayton Keller was sent to the box for hooking Brent Burns, giving the Sharks a 4-on-3 power play. Unable to convert on the man-advantage, Team Teal’s power play dropped to 0/3 in the game.
After a scoreless overtime where the Sharks were outshot 5-2, the game headed to a shootout.
Logan Couture opened the shootout beating Wedgewood, followed by Nick Schmaltz missing on his attempt. Tomas Hertl snapped a shot past the glove of Wedgewood in the second round, followed by James Reimer shutting down Clayton Keller’s attempt to give the Sharks an 8-7 shootout win.
Alexander Barabanov was a standout in tonight’s game, finishing with a goal and assist. Timo Meier and Logan Couture also finished the night with a goal and an assist each.
The Sharks will return to the ice at SAP Center on Thursday night to take on the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.