Goligoski stays hot as Coy­otes top Sharks

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

SAN JOSE (AP) — Alex Goligoski scored in his third straight game to help the Ari­zona Coy­otes beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Tues­day night.

Goligoski also ex­tended his streak of games in which he’s at least one point to five. He has seven points over that stretch. The Coy­otes have won three of their last four games and have con­sec­u­tive wins for just the se­cond time since Nov. 18.

Ari­zona up­set a Sharks team scram­bling to make the play­offs and in des­per­ate need of a win. San Jose lost for the third time in five games.

The Sharks, com­ing off con­sec­u­tive come- frombe­hind wins against Ed­mon­ton and Ana­heim, were look­ing for a sea­son sweep of Ari­zona.

San Jose had its chances. The Sharks out­shot Ari­zona 41-28 and were 0 for 5 on power plays.

Goligoski scored his eighth goal on a power play that broke a 1- 1 tie at 9:35 of the se­cond pe­riod. He fired a slap shot from be­hind the penalty cir­cle past Sharks goalie Martin Jones, 23 sec­onds af­ter Lo­gan Cou­ture was called for hold­ing.

The Coy­otes took an early lead at 7:58 of the first on Kevin Con­nau­ton fifth goal. With a col­li­sion in front of the goal, Con­nau­ton drove the puck past Jones.

San Jose tied it shortly after­wards as Mikkel Boed­deker redirected a Justin Braun slap­shot from in­side the blue line at 9:20 of the first. With his back to the goal, Boed­deker el­e­vated the puck high into the net past Wedge­wood’s right shoul­der for his eighth goal.

NOTES Coy­otes: Coy­otes goalie Scott Wedge­wood left the game early in the third pe­riod af­ter a col­li­sion with Timo Meier. Antti Raanta, the reg­u­lar starter on an off day off af­ter a 37-save game in Mon­day’s 6- 1 vic­tory over the Chicago Black­hawks, fin­ished the game for Ari­zona. Wedge­wood had 29 saves and Raanta had 12.

Sharks: Jan­nik Hansen was pro­moted from the fourth to third line, swap­ping roles with Melker Karls­son. . D Tim Heed and F Bran­don Mash­in­ter were called up from the AHL San Jose Bar­racu­das. F To­mas Hertl left the game in the first quar­ter af­ter crash­ing into the boards on a short­handed scor­ing chance.

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