Sharks’ third consecutive loss comes in shootout

Alex Galchenyuk scored two goals and was the only skater to convert in the shootout as the Arizona Coyotes surprised the Sharks 4-3 at SAP Center on Sunday.

San Jose heads into the three-day holiday break having lost three straight.

The Sharks, who had a failed power play in overtime, outshots the Coyotes 9-1 in the five-minute sudden death period.

Tomas Hertl tied the game 3-3 at 13:53 with his second third-period goal. His wrap-around following a San Jose cycle beat Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper for Hertl’s 12th goal of the season.

Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was caught flat-footed on the second of consecutive Arizona breakaways as rookie Conor Garland scored at 6:06 to give the visitors a 3-2 lead. Vlasic made a nice recovery to deny Clayton Keller moments before, but didn’t notice Garland sneak on the ice during a change seconds later.

San Jose tied the game at 4:17 of the third when Hertl drove the right wing, cut inside Arizona forward Brad Richardson and beat Kuemper with a backhand-to-forehand move on the near post.

The Sharks were lackluster through the first 40 minutes, trailing 2-1 and getting outshot 21-16 in the process.

San Jose managed the first goal of the game when defenseman Tim Heed stepped into a Vlasic cross-ice pass to score a power-play goal with a blast from the left point. Heed’s first goal since Nov. 23, 2017 came at 15:11.

Heed only found himself in the lineup – playing for the first time since Nov. 23, and for only the third time overall – because of the two-game suspension handed to Erik Karlsson by the league for the defenseman’s unpenalized hit on Kings rookie forward Austin Wagner early in the second period of Saturday’s overtime loss to Los Angeles.

“I have a clear conscience for my part,” Karlsson said Sunday following the ruling. “I think I did everything within the rules. But, unfortunately, some people didn’t think that I did.”

Meanwhile, it took the Coyotes only 20 seconds to respond to Heed’s tally.

San Jose forward Joonas Donskoi turned a puck over on the boards in the neutral zone, which sprung Keller on a 2-on-1 with only Justin Braun back to defend.

Keller slid a pass to Galchenyuk, who deked Aaron Dell and beat the Sharks goalie with a backhand goal at 15:31. Galchenyuk came to the Coyotes in an offseason trade with Montreal in exchange for Max Domi.

San Jose’s power play, which got off to a 1-for-1 start, went downhill in the second. Forty seconds into the Sharks’ third advantage of the game, Kevin Labanc hooked Derek Stepan after Dell allowed a juicy short-handed rebound.

Labanc’s penalty was compounded by a Joe Pavelski slash, and Arizona struck late on the resulting 5-on-3. Galchenyuk scored his second of the game and fifth of the season at 12:21 – with just three seconds left on the two-man advantage.

Briefly: Forward Rourke Chartier was recalled from the Barracuda of the AHL and joined defenseman Joakim Ryan as a healthy scratch. … Karlsson is eligible to return Saturday.

Ross McKeon is a freelance writer. Twitter: @rossmckeon

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