Rookie Thomas Hertl is making a big impression with the San Jose Sharks.
Hertl had an assist in his NHL debut on Thursday and followed that with two goals as San Jose beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Saturday night for their second win in as many games this season.
Hertl, San Jose's first selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, beat Mike Smith 46 seconds after the opening faceoff and made it 2-0 at 7:23 with a power-play goal. Patrick Marleau beat a beleaguered Smith for another power-play goal at 12:30 for a 3-0 lead.
The Sharks finished with a 51-23 advantage in shots on goal, but didn't beat Smith again. Logan Couture hit the empty net for the final margin.
"I was just telling myself make as many saves as you can and maybe we'll figure it out," Smith said.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored late in the second period for the Coyotes, who played the opener of a five-game trip after beating the New York Rangers at home in their season-opener on Thursday.
Antti Niemi stopped 22 shots for San Jose, which hosts the Rangers on Tuesday.
Marleau scored his second goal of the season by putting Vlasic's pass into an empty net after Joe Pavelski's pass bounced off Smith's pad.
Ekman-Larsson gave the Coyotes some life when he took a pass from Zbynek Michalek in his own zone and went coast-to-coast before firing a wrister from the right side that went into the net off Niemi's glove.
"We didn't execute well and we got out-battled on loose pucks," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said, "and when you don't have the puck ever, you're chasing the game."
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