Coyotes catch bad break; fall 3-2 to Sharks

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The puck has bounced many weird ways this season for the Arizona Coyotes, but perhaps none were as strange as the one Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon put on net in the third period on Tuesday night.

With 14:45 left in the period, Dillon took the puck off the boards and put a shot on Coyotes goalie Devan Dubnyk. Arizona defenseman Zbynek Michalek tried to intercept the shot, but somehow it deflected off his skate and got past Dubnyk.

That goal would prove to be the game winner, as the San Jose Sharks sent the Coyotes to their second straight loss, this time by a 3-2 score.

Dillon snapped a 62-game scoring drought with the goal, spoiling a very good effort by the Coyotes overall. Arizona came out and was competitive from the opening drop of the puck, coming up short in the end.

“You hate to lose on a goal like that,” Michalek said. “It’s not a good feeling right now to lose on a goal like that. I think with the effort like this we have better results coming, but we need to do it every single night.”

The Coyotes were able to jump out front in the first period, behind the hot shooting of left winger Mikkel Boedker, who opened the scoring for Arizona for the third straight game. Boedker’s 13th goal of the season gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead less than six minutes into the game.

Arizona’s 1-0 lead would quickly turn into a 2-1 deficit in the second period, as the Sharks scored two goals within 1:03 of each other. San Jose’s first goal came on the power play – Joe Pavelski’s 22nd goal of the year – as they made the Coyotes pay for a Shane Doan slashing penalty, which carried over to the second period. Center Tomas Hertl’s eighth goal of the season put the Sharks out front.

Doan would knot the game later in the period with his 10th goal of the season. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, the bounces didn’t go their way in the final stanza.

“It just bounced in the wrong ring. We just need to keep working at it and keep doing the things we’re doing,” Boedker said. “We keep getting chances and opportunities and if we keep doing that for a long period of time it will start falling in for us.”

Dubnyk hadn’t started for the Coyotes since their New Year’s Eve game against the Dallas Stars. He made 22 saves in the loss.

“It was great, it felt good and better as the game went on too. It’s just a disappointing finish,” Dubnyk said. “I felt really good in the third period and to have a bounce like that go in, it’s just a frustrating [loss].”

The loss was the Coyotes’ 11th in 24 home games. They’ll conclude their six-game homestand on Thursday night against the Calgary Flames before heading out on an eight-game road trip.

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