Alexander Barabanov scored his first NHL goal as the San Jose Sharks held on after nearly losing a four-goal lead to defeat the visiting Arizona Coyotes 6-4 and snap an eight-game losing streak.
Evander Kane had a goal and two assists, and Noah Gregor, Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson also scored for the Sharks (19-24-5, 43 points). Josef Korenar made 21 saves.
Jakub Chychrun scored twice, Michael Bunting had a goal and an assist and Clayton Keller also scored for the Coyotes (21-23-5, 47 points). Darcy Kuemper allowed four goals on 11 shots before being removed in the second period. Adin Hill made 21 saves in relief.
Gregor put the Sharks on the board 1-0 just 17 seconds into the game with a shot up close that banked off of Kuemper’s skate. Burns added to the lead at 3:07 with a shot from the blue line that eluded Kuemper and made it 2-0.
The Coyotes made a push late in the period, but Korenar kept them off the board.
Couture found the back of the net 1:54 into the second period by cleaning up a rebound in front of Kuemper to make it 3-0. Karlsson scored with a cross-ice shot from the blue line to put San Jose up 4-0 at 3:19 in the second and spell the end of Kuemper’s night.
Bunting put the Coyotes on the board 4-1 shortly after the goalie change. Keller redirected a pass from Nick Schmaltz at 10:05 to further cut into San Jose’s lead, 4-2.
Chychrun made things interesting when his wrist shot eluded Korenar up high and made the score 4-3.
Arizona continued to pressure San Jose, but Barabanov shoveled up a loose puck in front of Hill and scored 11:17 into the third.
Chychrun scored his second of the game with 4:44 left in regulation to again make it a one-goal margin, 5-4.
The Coyotes pulled Hill late to try to tie the game, but the Sharks capitalized when Kane scored into an empty net with nine seconds left.
–Field Level Media
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