SAN JOSE, Calif.--The San Jose Sharks suffered their first loss on home ice this season Saturday night, a 3-2 shootout defeat at the hands of the Phoenix Coyotes.
It took five rounds of the one-on-one competition, but the Coyotes won it at that point when Patrick Marleau failed to score on Phoenix netminder Mike Smith and Antoine Vermette beat Sharks goalie Antti Niemi.
Earlier in the shootout, Logan Couture scored for San Jose while Joe Pavelski, Jason Demers and Tomas Hertl missed. Phoenix got its goal from Radim Vrbata while Niemi stopped Mikkel Boedker, Mike Ribeiro and David Rundblad.
The Sharks got regulation goals from Pavelski and Dan Boyle while the Phoenix tallies were by Vermette and Boedker.
The Sharks dominated regulation play offensively, outshooting the Coyotes 50-23 over the first 60 minutes. But it was Phoenix that came out stronger in overtime, getting seven shots on net while San Jose had none.
The Sharks were 5-0 at the SAP Center entering the game. Including the final home game of the regular season last April and five consecutive playoff wins, the San Jose winning streak in its own building stood at 11 games.
Boyle was back in the lineup for the Sharks after missing seven games with a head injury sustained when he was driven into the edge of the boards face-first by St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre on Oct. 15.
"It was no fun being out and as well as the guys have played, I can't say that I've enjoyed watching it all that much," Boyle said before the game of the Sharks, who were 4-1-2 in his absence. "I want to get back out there where I want to be."
Boyle also talked about the likelihood he would be a little tentative on the ice until he received or delivered his first hit and that did appear to be the case.
On his first shift, he had a weak clearing pass that did get across his blue line, but the Coyotes were able to bring it right back in and Vermette's 30-foot snap shot beat Niemi on the glove side just 36 seconds into the game.
It was the first time this season that the Sharks had given up a goal in the opening minute of a game after striking in the first 60 seconds five times themselves.
San Jose rediscovered its offense in the second period.
Pavelski tied the game at the 1:16 mark, capping a 2-on-1 rush with Matt Nieto by firing a 29-foot snap shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Smith high on the short side.
The Sharks then took their first lead with a power play goal by Boyle who skated deep into the left faceoff circle before picking the far corner to tie the game for a 2-1 lead at 5:52.
But at 8:57, Boedker drove down the right side, got around Marc-Edouard Vlasic and fired a short wrist shot from a harsh angle that somehow eluded Niemi and the game was tied 2-2 going into the final period.
The game was the second of five between the teams this season with San Jose coming out ahead 4-1 at SAP Center in the previous meeting on Oct. 5.
--Boyle wasn't the only injured Shark who returned to the lineup as rookie forward Matt Nieto was back after missing two games with a hand injury that occurred when he blocked a shot by Boston Bruins forward Dennis Seidenberg a week ago.
Nieto's return to the third line also enabled coach Todd McLellan to move Marty Havlat up to a line with Couture and Marleau in Havlat's second game back after pelvic surgery.
--Defenseman Matt Irwin was a healthy scratch as McLellan had to make room for Boyle on the blue line.
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