GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) — Shane Doan scored with 26.9 seconds
remaining and the Phoenix Coyotes edged the San Jose Sharks,
4-3, Tuesday night.
Doan, who assisted on Phoenix’s previous three goals, scored on
the backhand as he was being tackled from behind by defenseman
Rob Blake. He pulled the puck across the crease and bounced a
shot off Brian Boucher’s right pad before falling to the ice.
Kyle Turris scored twice, his first goals since January 8, and
chipped in a pair of assists for the Coyotes, who won for the
fourth time in five home games against the Sharks. Dmitri
Kalinin also scored to help Phoenix build a 3-0 lead in the
Joe Thornton had two goals and an assist, and Blake added three
assists for the Sharks (45-14-10), who fell three points behind
the Detroit Red Wings (47-15-9) for the top spot in the Western
Thornton began the Sharks’ comeback at 8:01 of the second
period, taking advantage of slow-moving goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to
score on a wraparound shot into the open right side of the net.
Thornton cut the deficit to 3-2 with 15:55 left after a lengthy
scramble in front left Bryzgalov on his knees at the top right
edge of the crease. The puck came to Thornton on the top left
edge for the shot into the vacated net.
Captain Patrick Marleau tied it with 11:40 to go, one-timing
Thornton’s backhand pass off a long rebound past Bryzgalov for
his team-leading 36th goal.
Turris needed just 21 seconds to score. Doan fired a rising shot
from just inside the blue line, which Evgeni Nabokov popped into
the air. Nabokov lost sight of the puck, which landed at the top
of the crease just in front of a rushing Turris, who beat the
startled goalie for a 1-0 lead.
He scored his second at 15:21 of the first, bouncing a shot off
a crowd in front and watching the puck slowly slide across the
goal line as defenseman Douglas Murray dived in vain to clear
Turris had not earned a point since January 18, a span that
included 10 games played, four healthy scratches and an
eight-game stint in the minors.
Kalinin made it 3-0 with 14.9 seconds left in the first when he
bounced a shot off the inside of the right post past Nabokov,
who left after allowing three goals on nine shots.
Boucher replaced Nabokov and stopped the first 10 shots he faced
before surrendering the winning goal.