Kessel scores 900th NHL point in Coyotes victory against Sharks


Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist to reach 901 NHL points to help the Arizona Coyotes defeat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 at SAP Center in San Jose on Friday.

Kessel scored from the slot on a short breakaway to break a 2-2 tie at 4:53 of the third period for his 900th point. He has 390 goals and 511 assists in 1,121 NHL games in 15 seasons with the Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.

He has nine goals in seven games against the Sharks this season and 11 goals in his past eight against them.

Conor Garland had a goal and two assists, and Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves for the Coyotes (23-26-6), who had lost three straight and 12 of 15.

Erik Karlsson and Timo Meier scored, and Josef Korenar made 29 saves for the Sharks (21-27-6), who couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead.

Karlsson appeared to tie it 3-3 at 7:39, but Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet successfully challenged the play for offside.

Michael Bunting‘s 10th goal in 20 games made it 4-2 at 9:57. 

Jan Jenik, making his NHL debut, scored into an empty net at 19:59 for the 5-2 final and the fifth unanswered Arizona goal.

Karlsson’s snap shot from center point gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 3:47 of the first period. 

Meier scored on a 2-on-1 rush to make it 2-0 at 3:30 of the second.

Victor Soderstrom cut around Sharks forward Rudolfs Balcers to score on a wrist shot from the right face-off circle to cut it to 2-1 at 4:59 for his first NHL goal in his third NHL game.

Garland’s one-timer from the left circle with four seconds remaining on a 5-on-3 power play tied it 2-2 at 11:05.

The Coyotes rallied after trailing by multiple goals to win for the sixth time this season.

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