TEMPE, Arizona. — 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, helping the Sharks to their third straight win after a nine-game losing streak that left them bottom of the NHL standings. Chicago and Columbus have since tied 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 for 73 for the season. He added his 95th point to his franchise season record for defensemen. Nico Sturm assisted on Gregor’s first two goals.
Goalkeeper Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 29 shots for San Jose.
JJ Moser scored for Arizona, which lost seven in a row and its last three at home (0-5-2). Ivan Prosvetov had 24 saves and picked up his first loss of the season in four starts.
San Jose scored three runs in the first period.
Gregor scored for the Sharks just 90 seconds into the game, beating Ivan Prosvetov from the lock. Nico Sturm assisted for San Jose.
Peterson’s goal came on the power play after Laurent Dauphin was called up for holding. Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson assisted, with Karlsson grabbing his 70th assist and his 92nd point, the latter already a record for the San Jose defensemen.
Criscuolo made it 3-0 with his first career goal. He only came in on Prosvetov after Arizona’s Nick Schmaltz flipped the puck at the blue line. Criscuolo, 30, had played 15 NHL games with Buffalo and Detroit.
Arizona capitalized on its power play opportunity in the first period, as JJ Moser scored his seventh goal of the season. Matias Maccelli and Victor Soderstrom had the assists for the Coyotes.
Just eight seconds into the second period, Arizona’s Christian Fischer went to the penalty area for tripping and Gushchin, in his first NHL game at 1:41. Gushchin is a 21-year-old left winger from Russia.
San Jose won all three meetings between the teams this season. … Maccelli extended his lead among rookies for assists with his 34th. He is second in points with 44. … Clayton Keller’s 14-game point streak came to an end. It is 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 ruling and it was repeatedly overturned due to goaltender interference.
sharks: D Matt Benning and LW Andreas Johnsson sustained injuries.
Coyote: Dauphin returned after missing four games with an upper body injury.
Sharks: Host Colorado on Tuesday nights.
Coyote: Monday night in Seattle.