Sharks recover, defeat Coyotes in shootout in season opener

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Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl each scored three points, and the San Jose Sharks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 in a shootout at Gila River Arena on Thursday in the season opener for each team.

Kane had a goal and two assists, Hertl had two goals and an assist and Martin Jones made 34 saves for the Sharks, who are starting the season with eight-game road trip.

The Coyotes trailed 3-1 until Clayton Keller scored with 3:30 remaining in the third. With Arizona continuing to pressure, Phil Kessel held off defenseman Erik Karlsson to tie it at 3-3 by scoring with four seconds remaining.

Keller and Conor Garland each had a goal and an assist, Jakob Chychrun had two assists and Darcy Kuemper made 32 saves for Arizona, which twice trailed by two goals.

John Leonard, playing on a line with Hertl and Kane, had two assists in his NHL debut. Ryan Donato and Logan Couture scored in the shootout, while Jones stopped two of Arizona’s three shooters.

It was the Sharks’ first game in 309 days. They were not among the 24 teams in the NHL Return to Play Plan after last season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

Hertl scored a power-play goal off a rebound left in the crease to make it 1-0 at 12:43 of the first. Hertl deflected Leonard’s backhander from the slot for a 2-0 lead at 16:51.

Hertl has 14 goals and 23 points in 28 games against Arizona.

Garland cut it to 2-1 with a wrist shot from the right circle at 15:46 of the second, the only Arizona goal in four power-play attempts.

Kane outskated Chychrun to the net to make it 3-1 at 11:24 of the third.

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