SAN JOSE, Calif. – Patrick Marleau scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, and San Jose beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3 to win in the Sharks’ debut of Dany Heatley on Saturday night.
Heatley, who was acquired in a trade from Ottawa on Sept. 12 in a multi-player deal that sent wingers Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo to the Senators, started for San Jose and played sparingly in each period but did not score.
Devin Setoguchi, Ryane Clowe and Jamie McGinn all scored for San Jose, which led 3-0 in the second period before Phoenix rallied with three goals in the third period to take a 4-3 lead.
Stefan Meyer had a goal and an assist, while Kyle Turris, Justin Bernhardt and Zbynek Michalek also scored for the Coyotes, who lost for the fourth straight time this pre-season.
Marleau’s goal with 3:02 remaining in the third period tied the game before he made the game-winner 2:29 into overtime.
Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky, whose US$8.5 million contract for 2009-10 is part of a bankruptcy dispute being adjudicated in a Phoenix court, missed his fourth straight game.
Heatley, who practised with his new teammates for the first time on Friday, lost a faceoff to Phoenix centre Vernon Fiddler early in the first period then missed on a centring pass in front of the net that sailed long and hit the glass in the far corner. Less than a minute later, Clowe took a short dump-in pass from Joe Pavelski and scored to put the Sharks up 1-0.
Heatley also missed an assist late in the first period when Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov blocked Setoguchi’s shot.
The six-foot-four, 221-pound Heatley is a five-time all-star and has the Senators’ records for goals (50) and points (105) in a season. He has 260 goals and 283 assists in 507 regular games during his career but is coming off his lowest point total in four seasons.
Setoguchi, who was second on the Sharks with a career-high 31 goals in 2008, scored from the right faceoff circle 38 seconds into the second period. McGinn followed with his goal just over a minute later to make it 3-0.
Phoenix didn’t show much offence early but got going when Meyer scored in the second period then assisted on Justin Bernhardt’s goal 6:01 into the third. That began a flurry of scoring for the Coyotes, as Michalek and Turris scored within a minute of each other to give Phoenix a 4-3 lead.
Notes: San Jose defenceman Nick Petrecki, who is trying to win one of the last defensive spots on the Sharks’ roster, and Fiddler were both kicked out of the game for fighting less than six minutes into the first period.