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Doan powers Coyotes past Sharks

Arizona wins third straight on captain's late goal; San Jose D-man Vlasic injured

by Jerry Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

Doan's late go-ahead goal

SJS@ARI: Doan notches 25th goal, gives Coyotes lead

3/17/16: Shane Doan gets control of the puck in the corner and flips it at the net, notching the go-ahead goal with 1:31 left in the 3rd

  • 01:11 •

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Shane Doan's teammates have joked with him about his high number of seeing-eye goals this season. 

His latest was a game-winner. 

Doan scored on a shot from below the goal line in the right corner with 1:31 left in the Arizona Coyotes' 3-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks at Gila River Arena on Thursday. The puck hit San Jose goalie Martin Jones and trickled in to break a 1-1 tie and continue the Arizona captain's trend of less-than-picture-perfect goals. 

"I haven't scored too many pretty ones this year. I don't know how it went in," said Doan, who reached 25 goals for the eighth time in his NHL career and has scored 18 in 31 home games this season. "It just landed on his pad and fell in. 

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"[Jordan] Martinook is adamant that I've only scored about 10 legitimate goals this year. I don't really care. They don't ask how; they ask how many." 

Antoine Vermette scored into an empty net with 54 seconds left to seal it for Arizona (31-32-7), which has won three straight games and earned at least a point in its past four (3-0-1). The Coyotes are seven points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with 12 games remaining. 

Michael Stone had a goal and an assist, and Mike Smith made 27 saves for the Coyotes, who defeated the Sharks for the first time in three games this season. 

Tomas Hertl scored for San Jose (39-25-6), which had goals by Dainius Zubrus and Chris Tierney overturned after video review and missed a chance to move past the Anaheim Ducks into second place in the Pacific Division. 

Video: SJS@ARI: Stone's shot finds the net for early lead

"It's tough to win a game when that happens," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said of the two overturned goals. "We came out and I thought we did enough to earn some points tonight and we didn't. It's a tough one to give up the way it ended." 

Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic left the game with 7:33 remaining after a collision with Doan, and forward Matt Nieto was injured in the second period. 

"We had a couple of guys go down. We'll see how they feel tomorrow," DeBoer said. 

Smith has made saves on 71 of 72 shots in two starts after missing 40 games because of an abdominal injury that required surgery. 

"There were still times when I felt uncomfortable and it's a process, but I know what to expect," said Smith, who had 44 saves in a 4-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. "Things are going to happen and I'm going to feel things at times (with scar tissue), but it's getting better as we go along. 

Video: SJS@ARI: Murphy knocks down Hertl with big check

"We kept to our game plan, and [Doan] was able to get a fluky one there at the end." 

San Jose appeared to take a 1-0 lead when Zubrus beat Smith from the slot at 12:23 of the first period following a Kevin Connauton turnover. But Arizona coach Dave Tippett challenged the call on the ice, and the goal was waved off after video review determined Zubrus was offside. 

The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead a minute later. Alex Tanguay settled a loose puck and set up Stone for a shot from the point that was deflected out high by Nieto and got past Jones, who made 19 saves. 

DeBoer challenged the ruling on the ice, but Stone's fifth goal was upheld after video review determined Tanguay was onside. 

Video: SJS@ARI: Smith denies Ward, keeps game tied in 3rd

Stone has four of his five goals and 24 of his 33 points on home ice. 

The Sharks had 11 shots in the second period and appeared to tie it 1-1 at 6:29 of the second period when Tierney chased a Paul Martin shot into the crease and had the puck deflect off his leg and past Smith. Video review determined that Tierney used a distinct kicking motion, and a second San Jose goal came off the scoreboard, leaving Arizona with its 1-0 lead. 

"I think I was just trying to go to the net hard and two guys got tied up," Tierney said. "Trying to get my legs wide to get some stability so I don't get knocked over in front, and as I'm extending my leg to do that, the puck hits it. I don't know if it's a kicking motion. I didn't think it was." 

DeBoer added: "[The first disallowed goal] was fairly clear. The other one, I'm going to ask for an explanation because 'distinct kicking motion' and that replay really doesn't jive for me. I'd like to know what their thought process was." 

The Sharks did draw even at 14:29 of the second. Joe Thornton set up Martin for a shot from the point. The shot never got to the net, but Hertl kicked the puck to his stick and beat Smith's outstretched pad for his 17th goal. 

Video: Stone, Smith lead Coyotes to 3-1 home win over Sharks

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