FINAL SO
NYR
1
ANA
2
FINAL
BUF
4
LAK
2
FINAL
TBL
1
BOS
4
FINAL
OTT
5
TOR
6
FINAL
PHI
3
NJD
0
FINAL OT
CAR
3
WSH
4
FINAL
FLA
2
NYI
0
FINAL
NSH
4
STL
2
FINAL
CBJ
2
MIN
4
FINAL
DAL
2
CHI
5
FINAL
DET
3
COL
0
FINAL
PIT
5
CGY
3
FINAL
PHX
3
SJS
6
PHX
42-27-13
SJS
43-29-10

29 SOG
52 SOG

Sharks get off to fast start in 6-3 win

Eric Gilmore  - NHL.com Correspondent | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks vowed to get off to a fast start this season. Unfortunately for the Phoenix Coyotes, the Sharks were as good as their word.

San Jose came out flying, scoring the game's first four goals on the way to beating the Phoenix Coyotes 6-3 on Saturday night before a delighted sellout crowd at HP Pavilion.

Joe Pavelski scored a pair of power-play goals for the Sharks, and fourth-line center Andrew Desjardins also scored twice. Michal Handzus and Ryane Clowe each scored a goal, and goalie Thomas Greiss earned the victory in his first career NHL opening-night start.

The six goals tied a Sharks franchise record for the most scored in a home opener.

"Great game," captain Joe Thornton said. "We took some penalties in the third, but overall a great start. I thought everybody played well. Everybody skated well. Once we got the first couple goals early, we kind of sensed they were kind of deflated. The lines worked out well. Everybody's still learning each other so we can still get better, but good first game."

Captain Shane Doan scored a pair of goals for Phoenix, which trailed 4-0 early in the second period and trailed 6-1 entering the third.

"It was embarrassing," Doan said of the loss. "That's the way it is sometimes. It's tough. It's not the way you want to start."

The Sharks, who went 5-1-0 against Phoenix last season, beat the Coyotes for the sixth straight time in San Jose. They also ended Phoenix's streak of five straight opening-night victories, which was the longest active streak in the NHL.

Greiss, third on the Sharks' depth chart, started because No. 1 goalie Antti Niemi is still recovering from surgery to remove a cyst on a leg and backup Antero Niittymaki is recovering from hip surgery. He faced 29 shots.

"The team played very well from the get-go, so that took the pressure off me," Greiss said. "Scored a couple goals right from the get-go. Made my night a little bit easier. I'm happy it's over, happy we won."

Goalie Mike Smith had a rough debut for Phoenix, allowing six goals while facing 52 shots. The former Tampa Bay goalie signed as a free agent with the Coyotes to replace Ilya Bryzgalov, who signed a mega-deal with Philadelphia.

"Any time you give up six goals, something is going wrong," Smith said. "It was obviously not the start I was looking for and obviously not the start our team was looking for. We definitely have to rebound and pick up the intensity."

The Sharks finished 24th last season in the penalty kill, and they still have some work to do after allowing three power-play goals.

The Sharks slumbered out of the gates last season, starting 21-19-5, before waging a furious stretch run to win the Pacific Division and finish with 105 points, second only to the Canucks' 117 in the West. After the Sharks fell to Vancouver in five games in Western Conference Finals, general manager Doug Wilson said the Sharks "drained" their "tank" by having to work so hard after their sluggish start.

There were no signs of sluggishness on Saturday. The Sharks jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period, outshooting Phoenix 19-4 and dominating the action.

"I thought we had a very good first night, did a lot of things well," coach Todd McLellan said. "Captured the energy in the building and played with it, which I thought was real important, rather than being flat. Power play was good. I thought all four lines contributed."

"Giving up three (power-play goals) was not what we planned on doing, but I'm more disappointed maybe with the penalties we took than the penalty kill itself. When you're up 6-1 you shouldn't put yourself in that situation."

Pavelski scored the Sharks' first goal of the new season 4:01 into the game on the Sharks' first power play. Patrick Marleau chased down the puck behind the goal and lasered a pass through Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris' legs to Pavelski, stationed in front of the crease. Pavelski did the rest, beating Smith to his glove side. Two of the Sharks' first three goals were on the power play.

"We kind of know going into the season from past seasons that it can always set the tone in games," Pavelski said of the power play. "You either gain momentum there or you lose it. We were able to have some success on it."

Handzus, a free-agent pickup from the Los Angeles Kings, scored his first goal as a Shark with 11:34 still left in the first period, making it 2-0. Handzus corralled the puck behind the net and whipped a wraparound shot that caromed off defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and past Smith.

Handzus, centering the third line, made a quick impact, scoring his goal and drawing two penalties, the first one leading to Pavelski's goal.

"We took a couple of penalties early and they capitalized on them," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "We made some mistakes early, couldn't handle their pressure and they came at us full bore. They just overwhelmed us for the first two periods. That's something that's very disappointing in the way our group reacted."

Almost all of the first-period news was bad for Phoenix. Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival was helped off the ice with 13:42 left in the opening period after being hit in the face with the puck on Marleau's power-play shot from above the right circle. He was face down on the ice bleeding as trainers examined him, was helped off and did not return.

"I know he got a puck in the nose," Tippett said. "They sewed him up and they kept him out for precautions. We'll see where he is tomorrow."

The Sharks extended their lead to 4-0 in the second period as Clowe scored on the power play and Desjardins on a breakaway.

Clowe took a perfect pass from Logan Couture in the left circle, skated into the slot and rammed a shot past Smith into the upper right corner of the net at 7:33. Couture had an assist, and so did Tommy Wingels, his first career NHL point.

A minute later, Desjardins grabbed a Coyotes turnover in the neutral zone and raced the other way with nothing but ice in front of him. He rocketed a shot past Smith, making it 4-0.

"It was a fun game," said Desjardins, who had his first-ever two-goal game and first-ever two-point game. "Just ready to build on it."

The Coyotes cut the lead to 4-1 on Doan's power play goal with 7:44 left in the second. But the Sharks answered quickly with two more goals in the second, one by Pavelski on the power play and the other by Desjardins, jumping their lead to 6-1

Phoenix made it 6-2 on Ekman-Larsson's power play goal at 4:56 of the third period, and Doan scored a power-play goal at 9:35.

1st2nd3rdT
PHX
SJS
Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:01SJS PPG - Joe Pavelski (1) ASST: Patrick Marleau (1), Brent Burns (1) 1 - 0 SJS
08:23SJS Michal Handzus (1) ASST: Torrey Mitchell (1), Jason Demers (1) 2 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
07:33SJS PPG - Ryane Clowe (1) ASST: Logan Couture (1), Tommy Wingels (1) 3 - 0 SJS
08:33SJS Andrew Desjardins (1) ASST: NONE 4 - 0 SJS
12:16PHX PPG - Shane Doan (1) ASST: Radim Vrbata (1), Keith Yandle (1) 4 - 1 SJS
16:54SJS PPG - Joe Pavelski (2) ASST: Dan Boyle (1), Patrick Marleau (2) 5 - 1 SJS
18:42SJS Andrew Desjardins (2) ASST: Brad Winchester (1) 6 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
04:56PHX PPG - Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1) ASST: Mikkel Boedker (1), Daymond Langkow (1) 6 - 2 SJS
10:25PHX PPG - Shane Doan (2) ASST: Keith Yandle (2), Ray Whitney (1) 6 - 3 SJS
Three Stars of the Game
Andrew Desjardins
1st
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 9:20
Joe Pavelski
2nd
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:56
Patrick Marleau
3rd
G: 0Shots: 7
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 17:35
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:47PHX Taylor Pyatt  Hi-sticking against  Michal Handzus
06:10PHX Derek Morris  Holding against  Michal Handzus
2nd Period
02:39SJS Logan Couture  Hooking against  Lauri Korpikoski
06:25PHX Derek Morris  Boarding against  Joe Pavelski
10:04SJS Patrick Marleau  Roughing against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
11:39SJS Douglas Murray  Holding the stick against  Taylor Pyatt
15:34PHX Rostislav Klesla  Holding against  Joe Thornton
3rd Period
03:09SJS Joe Thornton  Holding the stick against  Mikkel Boedker
09:00SJS Tommy Wingels  Interference against  Boyd Gordon
09:41SJS Andrew Desjardins  Hooking against  Lauri Korpikoski
12:22PHX Adrian Aucoin  Holding against  Patrick Marleau
17:17SJS Ryane Clowe  Boarding against  Shane Doan
17:17SJS Ryane Clowe  Roughing against  Shane Doan
17:17PHX Shane Doan  Roughing against  Ryane Clowe
19:25PHX Keith Yandle  Tripping against  Jamie McGinn
shots by period
PeriodPHXSJS
1st419
2nd1419
3rd1114
Total2952
Team Stats
CategoryPHXSJS
Power Plays3/73/6
Hits3315
Faceoff Wins3635
Giveaways414
Takeaways78
Blocked Shots2019
Penalty Minutes1416
  • PHOENIX
  • SAN JOSE
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11M. HanzalC00-13021:56
12P. BissonnetteL000005:29
13R. WhitneyL0101019:23
14T. PyattL00-12215:46
15B. GordonC0001012:35
16R. KleslaD00-11217:08
17R. VrbataR01-12019:06
19S. DoanR20-16220:23
22D. LangkowC01-11016:10
23Ekman-LarssonD10-22019:06
24K. ChipchuraC0002010:39
28L. KorpikoskiL00-10018:24
32M. RozsivalD000002:34
33A. AucoinD00-31220:41
37R. TorresL00-10012:47
53D. MorrisD00-13420:04
89M. BoedkerL01-11011:30
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
41M. Smith4652.88558:13
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5C. WhiteD0010015:27
8J. PavelskiC2004018:56
10B. WinchesterL012108:05
12P. MarleauL0207217:35
17T. MitchellC0113013:50
19J. ThorntonC0003216:11
22D. BoyleD0114024:55
26M. HandzusC1013017:20
28A. MurrayC0023010:24
29R. CloweL1003414:50
39L. CoutureC0106215:01
44M. VlasicD0001023:04
57T. WingelsC0104214:46
60J. DemersD0120017:16
64J. McGinnL0010011:58
69A. DesjardinsC202529:20
88B. BurnsD0105020:09
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1T. Greiss2629.89759:55