The Arizona Coyotes dropped to fifth place in the Honda West Division with a 6-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center in San Jose on Monday.
San Jose scored the first four goals of the game.
Jakob Chychrun scored two goals, and Michael Bunting had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes (21-23-5), who have lost eight of their past 10 games. Adin Hill made 21 saves after replacing Darcy Kuemper, who allowed four goals on 11 shots.
Evander Kane had a goal and three assists, and Alexander Barbanov scored his first NHL goal for the Sharks (19-24-5), who won for the first time in nine games. Josef Korenar made 21 saves for his first NHL win in his third start.
Arizona is fifth in the eight-team West, one point behind the St. Louis Blues, who defeated the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. San Jose trails St. Louis by five points but has played two more games. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The teams will play again here Wednesday.
Noah Gregor scored unassisted from below the goal line 17 seconds into the game to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.
Brent Burns scored his second goal in 27 games with a shot from the point to make it 2-0 at 3:07.
Logan Couture kicked a rebound to his stick and scored his second goal in 18 games to make it 3-0 at 1:54 of the second period.
Erik Karlsson scored from the blue line on a shot that deflected off defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson for a 4-0 lead at 3:19.
Bunting scored his eighth goal in 14 games to cut it to 4-1 at 4:43.
Clayton Keller drove to the net and scored on Nick Schmaltz‘s pass from the right face-off circle to make it 4-2 at 10:05.
The first of Chychrun’s two goals in the third period cut it to 4-3 at 2:02.
Barabanov scored at 11:17 to make it 5-3. The forward was acquired in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 12.
Chychrun scored his 16th goal, the most among NHL defensemen, at 15:16 to make it 5-4.
Kane scored into an empty net with nine seconds left for the 6-4 final.