GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two goals and an assist, Mike Smith made 42 saves and the Arizona Coyotes beat San Jose 5-3 Saturday night to damage the Sharks’ faint playoff hopes.
Shane Doan had a goal and two assists, Mark Arcobello scored in the third period and Sam Gagner’s empty-net goal put it away for the Coyotes in their first regulation win since Feb. 3.
Chris Tierney’s tip-in at 6:48 got the Sharks within a goal, but Smith kept them at bay and San Jose couldn’t convert on a late power play.
The Sharks, who have made the playoffs for 10 straight seasons, fell five points out of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference with three games left.
Joe Thornton scored to end a seven-game point drought for San Jose. Tomas Hertl also scored and Antti Niemi made 28 saves.