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Martin Hanzal gets Coyotes past Sharks in overtime

Arizona forward scores game-winning goal after San Jose rallies in third period

by Jerry Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Why does Mike Smith play so well against the San Jose Sharks? In one word: Respect.

Smith made 43 saves and Martin Hanzal scored 1:16 into the overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 win against the Sharks at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Smith entered the game with a 2.10 goals-against average and a career-best .943 save percentage against the Sharks and improved both numbers, making 17 saves in the first period and 16 more in the third when San Jose rallied from a 2-0 deficit but couldn't get the game-winner.

"I always know that San Jose will come at us like that," said Smith, who was the difference in his second game back after missing 12 because of a knee injury. "They have a good, deep, veteran team. I know what to expect. They throw everything at the net and if you're sleeping at all, you're going to get exposed.

 

WATCH: All Coyotes vs. Sharks highlights 

 

"I knew I was going to going to get a lot of rubber thrown at me. I was just hoping [the shots total] wasn't going to be in the 40s."

Video: SJS@ARI: Hanzal nets OT game-winner on deflection

Arizona survived when Hanzal deflected a shot by Alex Goligoski past Sharks goalie Martin Jones. Radim Vrbata assisted on the goal, his 300th point with the Coyotes.

Tobias Rieder and Max Domi scored for Arizona (6-9-2), which ended a four-game losing streak (0-2-2).

"[Smith] was amazing tonight. That was why we won," said Hanzal, who has 22 career game-winning goals.

Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels scored in the third period for the Sharks (9-8-1), who went 3-2-1 on a season-long, six-game road trip that ended with three straight losses.

"In the last period of a six-game road trip, it was encouraging to see guys put their heads down and just work," Pavelski said. "We're disappointed we didn't get the extra point. We felt like we were on them a lot of the game."

The Coyotes had four shots in the first period, but made the first one count. Jordan Martinook set up Rieder with a pretty centering pass and Rieder scored at 1:55 for fifth goal and third in his past four games.

Smith made the lead stand up with big saves against Joonas Donskoi and Logan Couture in succession with three minutes left.

Arizona made it 2-0 on the power play after Brenden Dillon went to the penalty box for tripping Rieder. Domi took a pass from Hanzal and put a wrist shot past Jones at 7:53.

 

The Sharks finally struck in the third period. Pavelski got a stick on Justin Braun's shot from the point and deflected it over Smith at 41 seconds to make it 2-1.

Nieto took a cross-ice pass from David Schlemko and sent a shot that Wingels redirected by Smith at 10:28 to tie the game. Wingels has three goals in the past five games.

 

Goal of the game

There wasn't a lot of room to the short-side post, but Domi found it under the blocker and over the pad of Jones on the power play to give the Coyotes a two-goal lead.

Video: SJS@ARI: Domi fires a wrister past Jones for a PPG

 

Save of the game

Smith made two saves just after Pavelski made it a 2-1 game in the third. He made bang-bang pad saves on Donskoi and Couture right in front of the net, the second time in the game he stopped each player in rapid succession.

 

Unsung moment of the game

At a time when the Sharks could have packed it in for the last period of a six-game road trip, they dug in and salvaged a point with a hard-working third period. Pavelski's deflected goal started the comeback.

Video: SJS@ARI: Pavelski nets nice deflection past Smith

 

Highlight of the game

Martinook poked a puck around Donskoi in the Coyotes zone, chased it down along the boards and centered a perfect pass to Rieder to give Arizona an early lead.

Video: SJS@ARI: Rieder buries Martinook's perfect feed

 

They said it

"Up to this point, we've had a lot of close games that have gone the other way. It's nice to see one go in our favor." -- Coyotes goalie Mike Smith

 

"I know we've played more road games than anyone else in the League, and it can't be underestimated how tough that is. We go home, make some hay and we are in a good spot." -- Sharks captain Joe Pavelski

 

Need to know

Referee Francois St. Laurent left the game in the first period because of an illness. … DeBoer said no decision has been made as to whether forward Tomas Hertl's lower-body injury will require surgery.

 

What's next

Sharks: Host the New Jersey Devils on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET; CSN-CA, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; FS-A, SNP, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Hanzal's OT goal leads Coyotes past Sharks, 3-2

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