NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at San Jose|
(Saturday, October 5th)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Phoenix 1
San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tomas Hertl scored the first two goals of
his NHL career to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1 win over the Phoenix
Patrick Marleau also scored in the opening period and Logan Couture added an
empty-netter to power the Sharks, who fired 51 shots on net. Antti Niemi made
22 saves for San Jose, which won as the host over Vancouver Thursday.
After giving up three goals on 18 shots in the first period, Mike Smith made
32 saves over the final two stanzas. That wasn't enough for the Coyotes, who
failed to build on a 4-1 season-opening win over the New York Rangers
Oliver Ekman-Larsson had the only goal for Phoenix.
"We didn't execute well," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "We got out-battled
on loose pucks. When you don't have the puck ever you're chasing the game."
Hertl's first goal came after Marc-Edouard Vlasic passed the puck from his own
blue line. Hertl raced between defenders before delivering a backhand past
Smith 46 seconds into the game.
The Sharks went on the power play later in the first when Ekman-Larsson went
off for holding. Off the draw, Matt Irwin sent the puck from near the blue
line toward the net, and the disc deflected off Hertl and past Smith at the
"I think it's great. You can see how he's having fun with it," Marleau said of
Hertl's excited demeanor. "He's smiling a lot. He brings a lot of energy to
the group and it's fun to see."
Marleau scored on the power play on a rebound at the left of the net with 7
1/2 minutes left in the first.
Ekman-Larsson tallied with 3:13 remaining in the second on a wrister from the
right circle, but Couture sealed the outcome in the final minute of
The Sharks have captured 10 of their last 12 at home against the Coyotes ...
Phoenix hasn't won consecutive games to begin a season since going 2-0 at the
start of the 2009-10 campaign ... The Sharks opened the lockout-shortened year
with seven consecutive wins. They'll try for a 3-0 start Tuesday at home
against the Rangers.
10/06 02:45:38 ET