GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP/CBS13) – Martin Jones stopped Clayton Keller in a shootout and the San Jose Sharks bounced back after Arizona’s Phil Kessel scored with 3.2 seconds left in regulation, beating the Coyotes 4-3 Thursday night.
The Coyotes trailed 3-1 after Evander Kane’s goal midway through the third period, but scored twice in the final 3:30 to force overtime. Keller scored the first after some nifty stickhandling by Conor Garland and Kessel tied it on a rebound.READ MORE: Teen Reported Missing On American River In Rancho Cordova
Jones stopped the Coyotes on a two-man break in overtime and turned Keller away after Garland hit the post on the previous attempt. Jones had 34 saves in the 2021 opener for both teams.
Tomas Hertl had two goals and an assist for the Sharks. Kane added a goal and two assists.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 32 shots for the Coyotes.
Arizona made its first postseason appearance in eight years in last year’s NHL bubble and returned nearly everyone on the back end. The Coyotes lost several key forwards, including former league MVP Taylor Hall, and replaced them with six new players who they hoped would add a bit of grit.
The Sharks relocated to Arizona for training camp and the start of the season due to strict coronavirus protocols in Santa Clara County. The same restrictions forced the San Francisco 49ers to move to the Arizona Cardinals stadium for the remainder of their home games last year.
They seemed to feel at ease in their temporary home, scoring twice in the first period. Hertl had both goals on rebounds, the first on a power play.
Jones was sharp in his crease, turning away a couple of short breakaways and a late power play.READ MORE: Rally Against Hate Held At Capitol In Sacramento
The Coyotes buzzed to start the second period and Garland scored late on a power play, beating Jones on a shot that hit Sharks defenseman Brent Burns’ stick.
The Coyotes continued to pressure the Sharks in the third period, but Kane slipped behind their defense for a short breakaway and lifted a shot over Kuemper midway through.
The Coyotes kept pushing, scoring on Keller’s shot from just outside the crease and Kessel’s goal on a second whack at a rebound.
The Sharks and Coyotes play the second of the two-game series on Saturday.
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