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Recap: Coyotes Earn Point vs. Sharks in First Game Back from Break

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

SAN JOSE -- The Coyotes trailed by a goal after two periods, but rallied to earn a point vs. the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center on Saturday night.

Brent Burns produced the game-winning goal at 3:14 of overtime to give the Sharks a 3-2 victory.

Conor Garland and Josh Archibald scored goals for the Coyotes who, like the Sharks, were playing their first game after taking a hiatus for the NHL All-Star break and their League-mandated "bye week."

"We played hard," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said. "This was a fast hockey game. San Jose, they play hard. They're a good hockey club. I thought we had some chances to win at the end."

Neither team scored in the first period as starting goalies Darcy Kuemper and Martin Jones made 10 and eight saves, respectively.

Garland gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead midway through the second period when he stole the puck at the top of San Jose's crease and then patiently waited for Jones to commit. Once Jones did, Garland launched the puck past him and into the net for his 10th goal of the season.

Video: ARI@SJS: Garland opens scoring off turnover

San Jose responded by scoring two rebound goals within a span of 44 seconds later in the second period, and led 2-1 after 40 minutes.

Archibald, who earlier in the game absorbed a high stick to the face from Burns, pulled Arizona into a 2-2 tie when he scored from in close at 7:10 of the third period. Mario Kempe set up the goal with a crisp pass from the left corner.

"That's a big point for us, obviously, but not the ending that we wanted," Archibald said. "It's nice to get back into the swing of things after our break and the All-Star break, and get that point."

Video: Coyotes Settle for One Point vs. San Jose

The Coyotes did not put a shot on goal in the overtime. San Jose took just two in the extra session; Burns' game-winner came from the top of the crease after he made a power move to the net from the left face-off circle.

"I thought we competed hard," Garland said. "We just couldn't find a way to get that other point."

Richard Panik appeared to tie the score at 2 when he tucked the puck inside San Jose's left goal post and over the goal line at 13:13 of the second period. The play was initially ruled no goal, but was then changed to a goal after a review initiated by game officials determined that the net had not been moved from its moorings before the puck crossed the line. However, the Sharks then challenged the goal contending that Panik had interfered with Jones. After another video review, it was ruled that Panik had interfered with Jones and the goal was then overturned.

Video: Tocchet Liked Compete Level vs. Sharks

• Captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson returned to the lineup after missing one game because of a lower-body injury. He skated a team-high 26:30.

• Kuemper finished with 32 saves, including a couple to thwart shorthanded breakaways in the third period, and helped the Coyotes secure at least one point for a ninth consecutive start (6-0-3). He hasn't lost a game in regulation since Dec. 30.

"If guys were feeling a little rusty, they were making up for it with work ethic," Kuemper said. "One point is better than zero. It would have been nice to get the win. It didn't happen tonight, but the effort was there."

 • Arizona played minus defenseman Jakob Chychrun, who did not accompany the team on its three-game trip because of a lower-body injury. 

• Stats that jump off the Event Summary: Clayton Keller took seven of Arizona's 33 shots on goal, Jordan Oesterle blocked four shots, and Derek Stepan won 11 of 19 face-offs.

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