SAN JOSE -– The Sharks tilted the ice against a weak Arizona roster in regulation and overtime, but fell in a shootout to the Coyotes on Friday at SAP Center, 2-1.
San Jose outshot the Coyotes 45-18, but fell to 1-1-1 on the preseason. The Pacific Division teams meet once more in the preseason, next Friday, Oct. 3 in Glendale.
Arizona took the lead its first shot of the game, when Justin Hodgman found himself with the puck between the circles and snuck it through Antti Niemi’s pads at 3:27.
Tye McGinn, whose high-sticking minor led to the opening score, nearly tied it later in the first but fired wide on a breakaway.
San Jose tied the game in the middle frame, when Joe Pavelski directed Brent Burns’ floater past Devan Dubnyk at 7:16. Pavelski, who was third in the NHL in goals last season with 41, has one marker in each of his first two preseason games.
Burns kept it tied with a heads up defensive play, getting his stick on Hodgman’s wraparound attempt that was destined for the back of the net with 6:12 to go.
The defenseman turned forward turned defenseman again skated for more than 24 minutes, and recorded a game-high seven shots (and 15 shot attempts).
In the shootout, Pavelski converted on the Sharks’ first attempt, but Nikolay Goldobin and Joe Thornton could not. Hodgman and Lucas Lessio faked out Niemi on Arizona’s two tries.
The Sharks were 1-for-6 with a man advantage, including a missed opportunity in overtime. Tommy Wingels had the best chance with 2:40 to go, but his one-timer was snagged by Domingue.
Arizona was 1-for-5.
Niemi saw action for the first time this preseason, and made 17 saves. He played the entire game.
Dubnyk and Domingue split time in net for Arizona.
Goldobin, who signed a three-year entry-level contract with the team earlier on Friday, skated mostly on the right of Thornton and Joe Pavelski.
Forward Daniil Tarasov played in his first preseason game on a line with Eriah Hayes and Travis Oleksuk. The other forward lines were Adam Burish centering McGinn and Mike Brown, and Chris Tierney between Wingels and Tomas Hertl.
The Sharks have four preseason games remaining, including the next two at SAP Center. The Anaheim Ducks visit on Saturday (5 p.m.), while the Los Angeles Kings are here on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.).
San Jose visits Los Angeles on Oct. 8 in its season opener.