This was the third period the San Jose Sharks really hadn't played all season long.
Patrick Marleau scored a shorthanded goal with 6:05 remaining to cap San Jose's rally from a three-goal deficit and the Sharks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3 at HP Pavilion on Tuesday night.
Joe Pavelski scored in the closing seconds of the second period and opening minutes of the third to start San Jose's comeback and Kyle Wellwood tied it later in the third. Rookie goalie Alex Stalock got the win in relief in his NHL debut, making nine saves, including a strong pad stop on a tip by Shane Doan on the power play shortly before Marleau's game-winner.
"He was great," Marleau said of Stalock. "He allowed us to get back in the game. He was huge for us. It's a nice little victory for him."
Keith Yandle scored to extend his point-scoring streak to 10 games for the Coyotes, but lost the puck to Marleau in the offensive zone on the power play.
"It was a huge disappointment," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "We made a couple of critical errors to let them back into the game and they ran with it. We took a penalty at the end of the second period that gave them some life."
Marleau knocked the stick out of Kyle Turris' hands while getting the puck in the middle of the ice and skated in to beat Ilya Bryzgalov on the breakaway. That provided a fitting moment on a night that began with Marleau being honored in a pregame ceremony for recently playing in his 1,000th game.
"We just had a big talk during the (second) intermission," Marleau said. "We weren't playing the way we were supposed to. Pav got that goal late and it gave us a little bit of life going into the third. We got a lift from everybody in the third and we got the win."
Joe Thornton added an empty-net goal with 10.2 seconds to play, leading Yandle to break his stick in frustration.
The comeback sent the Sharks off on a high note for their longest road trip of the season -- a seven-game, two-week trek that begins in Anaheim on Wednesday night. The Sharks have won five of six heading into the road trip, putting last month's six-game losing streak far behind them.
Radim Vrbata opened the scoring for the Coyotes and Paul Bissonnette added his first goal of the season for Phoenix, which lost to San Jose for the seventh straight time.
"They got a couple of good goals and caught a couple of breaks," Yandle said. "We couldn't close them out. It was a backbreaker, but the good thing about it is we play again tomorrow night."
The Sharks came out flat and trailed 3-0 late in the second period. They were booed by the home crowd and pulled goalie Antti Niemi. They also couldn't even get into a fight when they tried.
Jamal Mayers dropped his gloves right after a faceoff midway through the second, ready to challenge Bissonnette. But Bissonnette, who has nine fighting penalties this season, didn't take the bait and Mayers was left shaking his head as he was sent to the locker room with a 10-minute misconduct penalty.
But the frustration started to ease late in the period when Eric Belanger got sent off for holding. Dany Heatley sent a shot in on Ilya Bryzgalov and Pavelski knocked the rebound in with 7.2 seconds left in the period to cut it to 3-1.
Just 1:24 into the third, Pavelski skated to the front of the net and was in position to knock in a rebound of Devin Setoguchi's to make it a one-goal game.
Wellwood tied it with his first goal since joining the Sharks late last month off a pass from fellow newcomer Ben Eager -- capping a stretch of three goals in less than 6 minutes.
"If we leave here patting ourselves on the back, we've got huge problems," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "I was really disappointed in our group tonight. Very disappointed in the lack of drive and lack of passion to come out and play. That's the last thing I expected. I do give them credit they found a way to dig in and come back."
The Coyotes jumped on the Sharks with two goals in a strong opening period and appeared to take control of the game when Bissonnette scored for the first time in more than a year on a one-timer in the slot off a feed from Oliver Ekman-Larsson to make it 3-0 and draw boos from the crowd. That goal led McLellan to pull Antti Niemi and insert Stalock in goal for his NHL debut.
"It's unbelievable," Stalock said. "They played unbelievable in the third. That was a huge goal late in the second. To go in and just get a chance and get some time in was unbelievable. To get a win is even better."
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.