Sloppy Deja Vu for San Jose
SAN JOSE - For the second game in a row, the Sharks overcame a 2-1 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime.
The product on the ice was supposed to look cleaner than Tuesday's opener as big names returned to the lineup, but San Jose's matchup against Arizona on Friday night looked more like a beer league scramble than an NHL scrimmage.
Lack of organization and errant passes marked a game that saw Patrick Marleau, Joel Ward, Paul Martin and Justin Braun lace up for team teal, while Aaron Dell backstopped.
The Sharks once again surrendered the first goal when Arizona's Jordan Martinook beat Dell nine minutes in. Ryan Carpenter scrummed for a score midway through the second, but the Coyotes responded just 33 seconds later with a clean wrist shot from Michael Bunting to give Arizona back the lead at 2-1.
Tomas Hertl, who had a respectable game along the boards and led all Sharks forwards in ice time, tied the game at two with 13 minutes remaining. Hertl played strong on his skates and fought through several checks in the offensive zone, showing progress as he further separates himself from the knee injury that held him out of most of the Stanley Cup Finals.
In overtime, Melker Karlsson cleaned up a Tommy Wingels offensive-zone faceoff, getting just enough stick on the puck in traffic to chip back to an alert and open Dylan DeMelo between the high circles. DeMelo wasted no time in sharpshooting a wrister over the glove of Coyotes netminder Louis Domingue, sealing another Sharks victory.
DeMelo figures to be a reliable reserve defenseman again this season, building on the 45 games he played in 2015. At 23, the chance that he beats out veteran addition David Schlemko for a spot in the opening night lineup appears marginal, but continuous strong play could make the decision tough for head coach Peter DeBoer. Either way, the blue line depth is a luxury for a team that hasn't had much rest relative to the rest of the league this offseason.
7/22/2018 11:04:46 am
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