Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 5)

Arizona leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 30th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 3rd
Game 3: Monday, January 20th
Game 4: Saturday, March 8th
Game 5: Sunday, April 6th

Sharks 3

(9-12-2, 22 pts)

Coyotes 2

(8-12-2, 22 pts)

9:00 PM ET, December 3, 2002

US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

1 2 3 OT T
SJ 0 2 0 13
ARI 2 0 0 02

T. Selanne (Sharks - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Rathje (Sharks - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

S. Doan (Coyotes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Sharks win first game after Sutter's release

PHOENIX (AP) -- Teemu Selanne helped the San Jose Sharks find some comfort on the ice from their front-office turmoil.

Teemu Selanne

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 us.''

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.''

Shane Doan and Andrei Nazarov scored power-play goals in a span of 1:44 in the first period as the Coyotes took a 2-0 lead less than five minutes in.

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.''

Doan one-timed a pass from Ladislav Nagy past San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov at 2:35, and Nazarov scored off a redirected pass from Mike Johnson at 4:19.

"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.''

Game notes

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.

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