Back from Christmas break, it was a trip to the desert that greeted the Sharks. Making things a bit tougher was a day-of flight out to face a tough division opponent in an effort to get the two points.
Schedule makers from three professional sports leagues lined up a weekend of Bay Area sports against Arizona.
Havlat missing a second consecutive game caused some continued line shuffling for Coach McLellan.
No Havlat on the one-day #SJSharks trip. Word circulating it is an injury issue.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) December 27, 2013
Definitely a more intense morning skate than we're used to seeing, after the three days off #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) December 27, 2013
Jason Demers' parents in San Jose for his first two goals of season. #SJShark d-man says he tried to fly them to PHX, but it didn't happen.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) December 27, 2013
Line shuffling reached all the way to the press box.
Perhaps the late flight out to AZ did have an impact as the Sharks struggle a bit out of the gate.
Terrible start for McCarthy-Nieto-Kennedy line. Nieto turns it over and Moss makes it 1-0. Even before goal, that line was getting hemmed in— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) December 28, 2013
Maybe this woke them up?
After dominating the Coyotes on the shot count in the first two meetings of the season, the Sharks ended the first period with just a 12-11 advantage in the category
#SJSharks are showing a little more jump here in the 2nd period as they try to tie this puppy up. And by puppy, I don't mean Coyote.— Jeff Adams (@jeffmadams) December 28, 2013
Looks like the D pairs have been split up. Braun with Stuart, Vlasic and Demers #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) December 28, 2013
The top line comes through.
After Morris scores his second for the Coyotes, Marleau finishes a great pass from Wingels with a quick-release to give the Sharks a lead.
Nice dish wingles. #sjsharks.— Andrew Bensch (@ViewFromBensch) December 28, 2013
The #SJSharks had a great powerplay and were rewarded with a goal. 2-2— Jacob Snowstorm (@jakesundstrom) December 28, 2013
Time for the puns to come out.
The @SanJoseSharks are in the desert, and the Desert dogs just got Burns'd!— Erik Kuhre (@Puckguy14) December 28, 2013
Coyotes get on the power play and capitalize to tie the game.
Ribeiro draws attention to himself before finding Vrbata, who goes top-shelf on the PP. 3-3— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) December 28, 2013
And the Sharks are playing a Pacific Division rival so we might as well send it to overtime so everyone gets a point!
Third straight OT for the #SJSharks, who have won the first two in a shootout— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) December 28, 2013
Smith stops Burns. Game saver.— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) December 28, 2013
#sjsharks now have 5 wins in their last 6 shootouts, including last 3 games in a row.— Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN) December 28, 2013
Patrick Marleau with his 5th career shootout-deciding goal, and his 2nd straight game with a shootout goal (started season 0-for-5).— Darin Stephens (@SharksStats) December 28, 2013
1st game after the break with travel on game day & #SJSharks pull out another come from behind shootout win. Bank those 2 points & head home— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) December 28, 2013
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