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Noah Gregor and the San Jose Sharks defeat the Arizona Coyotes

TEMPE, Ariz. — Noah Gregor scored three goals, Kyle Criscuolo and Danil Guschin scored their first NHL goals and the San Jose Sharks beat the Arizona Coyotes 7-2 on Saturday night.

Criscuolo and Gushchin were recalled from the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday and helped the Sharks claim their third straight win after a nine-game losing streak that left them bottom of the NHL standings. Chicago and Columbus have since slipped into a tie for the league’s worst record.

Jacob Peterson and Logan Couture also scored for San Jose – with Peterson’s goal his first of the season. Erik Karlsson had four assists, giving him 73 for the season. He added to his franchise season record for defensemen with his 95th point. Nico Sturm assisted on Gregor’s first two goals.

Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 29 shots for San Jose.

JJ Moser scored for Arizona, which has lost seven in a row and its last three at home (0-5-2). Ivan Prosvetov made 24 saves and suffered his first loss of the season in four starts.

San Jose scored three times in the first period.

Gregor scored for the Sharks just 90 seconds into the game, beating Ivan Prosvetov from the slot. Nico Sturm assisted for San Jose.

Peterson’s goal came on the power play after Laurent Dauphin was called off for holding the ball. Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson assisted, Karlsson collecting his 70th assist and 92nd point, the latter already a record for San Jose defenders.

Criscuolo made it 3-0 with his first career goal. He went in alone on Prosvetov after Arizona’s Nick Schmaltz returned the puck to the blue line. Criscuolo, 30, had played 15 NHL games with Buffalo and Detroit.

Arizona capitalized on their power play in the first period, when JJ Moser scored his seventh goal of the season. Matias Maccelli and Victor Soderstrom got the assists for the Coyotes.

Just eight seconds into the second period, Arizona’s Christian Fischer went to the penalty box for tripping and Gushchin, in his NHL debut at 1:41. Gushchin is a 21-year-old Russian left winger.


San Jose has won all three meetings between the teams this season. … Maccelli added to his rookie lead in assists with his 34th. He’s second in points with 44. … Clayton Keller’s 14-game point streak has come to an end. It’s the longest for a player since the franchise moved from Winnipeg to Arizona in 1995-96.


Arizona’s Barrett Hayton appeared to score less than 2 minutes into the third period, but the Sharks challenged the decision and it was overturned on the replay for goalie interference.


The Sharks: D Matt Benning and LW Andreas Johnsson were injured.

Coyote: Dauphin returned after missing four games with an upper body injury.


The Sharks: Host Colorado on Tuesday night.

Coyote: In Seattle Monday night.

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