Selanne scored twice, including the game-winner with 42.6
seconds remaining in overtime, as San Jose beat the Phoenix Coyotes
3-2 Tuesday night in Cap Raeder's coaching debut with the Sharks.
"I don't know if it was the prettiest thing but it was one hell
of an effort,'' said Raeder, a scout who flew from Maine to
California on Monday to join the team.
Marco Sturm also scored for San Jose, which was playing its
first game since Darryl Sutter was fired Sunday. The Sharks were
playing without Owen Nolan, who needed about 10 stitches to close a
cut on his head after being hit by a stick in Phoenix's 3-2 win in
San Jose on Saturday.
"We have to stick together,'' said Mike Ricci, whose
first-period major penalty helped stake Phoenix to an early lead.
"This is a tough situation for us. This is not a happy time for
Phoenix is winless in seven of its last eight (1-3-4) and is
2-6-3 at home.
Selanne beat Phoenix goaltender Brian Boucher with a shot from
the left faceoff circle for his team-leading 14th goal. Selanne has
three of the Sharks' nine game-winning goals.
"We have to start playing for ourselves and our pride,''
Selanne said. "The coaches just said to have fun. You know how to
play. Darryl and these guys spent so many years teaching us the
right things so we know how to do the right things.''
Ricci drove Paul Mara into the boards seconds before Niklas
Sundstrom high-sticked Paul Wilson 1:48 into the game. Ricci was
whistled for a five-minute boarding penalty and Sundstrom was
called for a double-minor, giving Phoenix a two-man advantage.
"I might have been a little too hyped up,'' Ricci said. "I
didn't mean to do that. I felt awful. I almost cost us the game.
But the guys came back and helped me out.''
"That was typical of the game,'' Coyotes coach Bob Francis
said. "We end up five-on-three and score two power-play goals but
we lost two players.''
The Sharks closed within 2-1 at 13:43 of the second period when
Sturm's soft backhander trickled past Boucher.
Selanne tied the game at 16:36 when he pushed a long rebound
into an open net.
San Jose, outshot 13-6 in the first period, held the Coyotes to
four shots on goal in the second period.
"You hope you play in the next two periods the way you've been
playing in the past,'' Doan said. "We didn't do that. We came out
in the second period flat and it's really disappointing.''
Neither Wilson nor Mara returned to the game and both will
be evaluated on Wednesday. Wilson was cut near his eye and Mara
strained his neck. ... Nolan was cleared to play but did not travel
with the team because the Sharks won't play again until opening a
four-game homestand Friday. ... Phoenix, which opened a
franchise-record nine-game homestand, plays 11 of its 13 games at
home in December. ... Coyotes defenseman Todd Simpson returned to
the lineup following a three-game suspension for high-sticking. ...
Nabokov stopped Radoslav Nagy on a breakaway less than a minute
before Sturm's goal.