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Reimer's return results in W
Sharks hold off Coyotes for rare home win
12/13/2022 - By Mike Lee

After missing the last 7 games due to a lower body injury, goaltender James Reimer made his return to the Sharks lineup on Tuesday night. His return couldn't come soon enough. The veteran netminder stopped 19 Arizona Coyote shots to help San Jose win for the 3rd time in 15 tries on SAP Center ice this season. Reimer was cool as a cucumber in his 16th start of the season, which earned him his 6th victory of the 2022-23 campaign.

San Jose goaltending was 1-3-1 in Reimer's absence with the win coming from rookie Eetu Makiniemi's 23 save gem against the Anaheim Ducks last Friday night. The stability that Reimer brings is something the Sharks desperately need.

Tomas Hertl staked the Sharks to an early 1-0 lead just 3:50 into the contest. The Sharks moved the puck around the perimeter in a counter-clockwise direction until it reached Radim Simek on the right point. The defenseman threw it to the front of the net where Hertl was parked. The forward redirected Simek's shot with his back to the net, beating Karel Vejmelka with his 10th tally of the season.

Nick Bonino made it a 2-0 lead 62 seconds later with a goal from the doorstep. Defenseman Erik Karlsson threw a shot on net, but Bonino intercepted it before it reached Vejmelka. The Sharks forward pulled the puck back to him toward the outside of the left post and worked a shot around Vejmelka for his 4th of the season.

The Sharks looked to add on to their lead after JJ Moser was sent off for tripping Evgeny Svechnikov, but Kevin Labanc negated the Sharks advantage with an interference penalty of his own with 28 ticks remaining in the Moser penalty.

The Sharks got themselves into hot water late in the period when Oskar Lindblom's hooking penalty at 16:30 was followed by a tripping call against Bonino 34 seconds later.

Lawson Crouse cut into the Sharks lead on the ensuing 5-on-3 power play. Clayton Keller fished a puck off the end boards near the right corner before feeding Crouse on the right post. Crouse pivoted toward goaltender James Reimer and lifted a shot top shelf from 6 feet out to make it a 2-1 game.

Nico Sturm pushed the Sharks lead back to a pair of goals 8:09 into the 2nd period on a put-back chance from the right post. Scott Harrington fired a shot on net from the left point, clipping Bonino. The puck deflected over to the right side where Sturm was lurking for a deposit into a wide open net. The goal was Sturm's 8th of the season.

Nick Bugstad scored a mirror image of Bonino's goal 2:56 into the 3rd period. Patrik Nemeth threw a puck on net from the left point, but Reimer couldn't control the rebound. Bugstad pulled it over to the right side and worked a shot around Reimer for his 6th of the season.

Arizona turned up the heat in the final 5 minutes of the game, trailing by a goal. San Jose couldn't sustain control any of the puck and the Coyotes rang 4 shots off San Jose iron in that span.

Coyotes head coach Andre Tourigny pulled Vejmelka with 3 minutes to play. After 4 empty net chances that resulted in icing calls against San Jose, the Sharks decided to try and kill clock by getting the puck across the center-ice line and just dumping it in the Arizona zone.

Game Notes:

* Luke Kunin suffered an injury on the game's first shift and did not return.

* TV play-by-play man Randy Hahn called the 2,000th NHL game of his career. The Sharks honored him during a stoppage with a video tribute.

* Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic tied Duncan Keith for 5th all-time for games with one franchise by a blueliner. Both have 1,192 games with their respective teams.

* Erik Karlsson extended his assist streak to 5 games. Nick Bonino has scored goals in his last 4 straight.

* Alexander Barabanov was scratched for the first time since the two Nashville games in Prague to start the season for an undisclosed injury. Barabanov was injured at the start of the season as well.


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1 2 3 T
ARI 1 0 1 2
SJ 2 1 0 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Hertl 10 (Simek, Harrington), 3:50. 2, SJ, Bonino 4 (Karlsson, Gadjovich), 4:52. 3, ARI, Crouse 13 (Keller, Gostisbehere), 18:05, (pp).
2nd period - 4, SJ, Sturm 8 (Harrington, Simek), 8:09.
3rd period - 5, ARI, Bugstad 6 (Nemeth, Maccelli), 2:56.
1st period - Moser, ARI (tripping), 9:25; Labanc, SJ (interference), 10:57; Lindblom, SJ (hooking), 16:30; Bonino, SJ (tripping), 17:04.
2nd period - Fischer, ARI (holding), 13:45; Lorentz, SJ (high sticking), 19:57.
3rd period - Hertl, SJ (tripping), 9:47.
Shots Saves
ARI - Vejmelka 33 30
SJ - Reimer 21 19
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ARI 8 5 8 21
SJ 13 15 6 33
Power Play Conversion
ARI 1 of 5
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Nick Bonino
Scott Harrington
Radim Simek
SAP Center - 10,462
Referees: #27 Eric Furlatt, #42 Jordan Samuels-Thomas . Linesmen: #67 Travis Gawryletz, #96 David Brisebois.

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