Sharks 5, Coyotes 3

Ross McKeon, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SAN JOSE -- Patrick Marleau scored his second goal of the game at 18:07 of the third period as the Sharks rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final half of the third period Thursday night for a 5-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Marleau beat Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera from the bottom of the right circle off a pass from Joe Pavelski. Marleau has scored two goals in each of San Jose's three games this season, all wins.
Joe Thornton added an empty-net goal at 19:57.
Phoenix took a 3-1 lead early in the third period when Antoine Vermette scored on the power play at 5:01 and Lauri Korpikoski slipped a shot behind bewildered San Jose goalie Antti Niemi at 7:28.
But the Sharks struck back to tie it with two goals -- Patrick Marleau scoring his fifth of the early season at 9:15 and Martin Havlat at 13:06 seconds after teammate Ryane Clowe hit the near post.
Phoenix tied the game at 7:11 of the second period when Steve Sullivan scored his fourth goal in two nights -- a 5-on-3 power-play goal to cap a 1:48 stretch when the puck never left the offensive zone.
San Jose forwards TJ Galiardi and Andrew Desjardins committed a pair of high sticking penalties within 1:06 to give the visitors a two-man advantage.
Logan Couture's third goal of the season, a redirection of a Joe Pavelski drive from the blue line, accounted for the only scoring of the opening period. The power-play strike occurred five seconds into Derek Morris' interference penalty on Sharks defenseman Justin Braun.
Phoenix survived an early San Jose onslaught, which accounted for 11 shots in the opening nine minutes, including seven on two early power plays.
NOTES: F Scott Gomez, signed to a one-year, $700,000 deal by San Jose on Wednesday, did not dress but is expected to make his Sharks' debut on Saturday. ... The Coyotes return for three straight games in Glendale ... The Sharks honored the team's first owner, George Gund III, with a video tribute before the game. Gund died at the age of 75 last week. ... Phoenix G Mike Smith did not dress one night after leaving Wednesday's game midway through the first period with an undisclosed lower-body injury. Emergency call-up Chad Johnson provided LaBarbera's backup. ... Other Coyotes scratches included C Martin Hanzal, D Rostislav Klesla and D David Rundblad. ... San Jose's scratches included D Nick Petrecki and LW Frazer McLaren in addition to Gomez.

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