Sharks drop Coyotes 3-2 in overtime

Sharks drop Coyotes 3-2 in overtime
September 21, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Logan Couture scored the game-winning goal in overtime after Joe Pavelski's shot went wide. (AP IMAGES)

SAN JOSE – Logan Couture’s goal in overtime, the Sharks’ third power play marker, gave San Jose a 3-2 preseason win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night at the SAP Center.
 
Standing behind the net, Couture backhanded the puck off Mike Smith’s pad at 3:38 after Joe Pavelski’s shot went wide.
 
All five goals in the game came with a man advantage. 
 
The teams combined for four power play goals to make it 2-2 at the second intermission.
 
Phoenix took a 1-0 lead when Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s wrist shot through traffic buzzed past Harri Sateri’s shoulder at 10:08. That was the only goal of the first period.
 
San Jose tied it after Chris Brown was sent off on a double minor for high sticking Tommy Wingels. Couture redirected a puck towards the net, and Freddie Hamilton found the rebound and lifted it over Mike Smith with a backhand. Hamilton’s goal at the 52-second mark came just six seconds after Smith’s penalty.
 
Jason Demers’ wrist shot from the circle at 11:37 gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead, but Andy Miele cleaned up some garbage in front of the net in the final minute of the second period.

Demers, Couture, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski all had multiple-point nights.
 
The Sharks held the Coyotes to just 13 shots through two periods, but had just 15 themselves. Shots ended up tied at 26 apiece for the game.
 
The Sharks are now 2-0-1 in the preseason. Phoenix fell to 2-1-1.
 
Special teams
 
The Sharks, who didn’t have a single power play on Friday against Anaheim, finished the night 3-for-6.
 
Phoenix was 2-for-4.
 
In goal
 
Sateri made 24 saves to record the win in his first preseason action.
 
Each of the three Sharks goaltenders has played a full game, and all three are expected to stick around after the club makes more cuts before its next game on Tuesday.
 
Alex Stalock made 14 saves in a 3-2 win against the Canucks, while Antti Niemi allowed three goals on 32 shots in Friday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Anaheim.
 
Smith played the entire game for the Coyotes, finishing with 23 saves.
 
Lineup
 
The Sharks skated with the following lines: Couture centering Marleau and Hamilton; Pavelski between Matt Nieto and Wingels; Andrew Desjardins centering Anthony Stewart and James Sheppard; and Bracken Kearns between Curt Gogal and John McCarthy.
 
The defense pairs were Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic; Demers and Scott Hannan; and Sena Acolatse with Rob Davison.
 
Acolatse and Gogol made their preseason debuts.
 
Notable players for the Coyotes included Ekman-Larsson, Mike Ribeiro and Paul Bissonnette, who is allowed to play in the preseason despite a 10-game suspension handed down in a prior game for leaving the bench to take part in an altercation.
 
Backup goaltender and former Shark Thomas Greiss did not dress.
 
Up next
 
San Jose’s third and final home preseason game is on Tuesday night against Vancouver. Next weekend, they visit Phoenix on Friday and Anaheim on Saturday to wrap up the six-game slate.
 
The season opener is on Oct. 3 vs. the Canucks at the SAP Center.