Donskoi dazzles, Vlasic nets winner as Sharks top Arizona Coyotes


SAN JOSE — Marc-Edouard Vlasic got credit for scoring the winning goal in overtime for the Sharks against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night at SAP Center. Joonas Donskoi did just about everything else to save the Sharks from an embarrassing defeat.

Vlasic charged toward the net and made contact with Christian Dvorak, whose skate tapped the puck over the goal line with 2:18 left in overtime to give the Sharks a dramatic 6-5 win at SAP Center. Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton had the assists, as the Sharks snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Sharks made some dazzling offensive plays — most notably by Donskoi — in their first game in nearly a week.

Donskoi had a goal and an assist before he scored with 15.8 seconds left in the third period to tie the game 5-5 and help send it into overtime.

Donskoi had also given the Sharks a 4-3 lead at the 17:07 mark of the second period with a nifty individual effort. Donskoi got a stick on a long pass from Mikkel Boedker, and as the puck slid toward the Coyotes’ goal, he raced in and chipped it over a charging Scott Wedgewood into the net to snap a 10-game goal drought.

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Donskoi also had a memorable assist as part of a three-goal first period for the Sharks. Donskoi took control of the puck inside the Coyotes’ zone. held off Ekman-Larsson and Kevin Connauton, and somehow found Logan Couture for a goal and what was a 3-2 Sharks lead. .

But Ekman-Larsson and Josh Archibald both scored in the first 6:22 of the third period to give the Coyotes the lead, continuing an ugly defensive trend for San Jose. On their five-game …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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