Hertl scores 2 goals in Sharks' 4-1 victory

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 6, 2013 at 1:13 am •  Published: October 6, 2013
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tomas Hertl found a reason to keep on smiling.

Hertl scored his first two NHL goals and the San Jose Sharks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Saturday night.

"I don't know, it's crazy and to win, I'm very happy," said the 19-year-old Hertl said.

Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks, who were able to convert two power plays after not scoring on the man advantage against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

"I think it's great, you can see how he's having fun with it and he's smiling so much," Marleau said of Hertl. "He brings a lot of energy to us and it's fun to see."

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for the Coyotes, who won their opener at home on Thursday.

"We stopped making plays and we couldn't get out of our own zone," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "Their forwards were too quick and we stopped playing hockey. We have to be better than that. We let them have the extra opportunities a lot."

Antti Niemi stopped 22 shots for the victory. Mike Smith made 47 saves for Phoenix.

"The score would have been a lot worse if he didn't play like that," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said.

Smith allowed all three goals in the first 13 minutes before blanking the Sharks the rest of the way.

"When you give up 50 shots you're going to be hard pressed to win a game on any given night," Smith said. "I kept telling myself to make as many saves as I could because I felt we were coming back."

Hertl scored his first goal 46 seconds into the game, backhanding the puck through Smith's legs after being set up in front of the net by Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

"When you put up 50 shots you get rewarded," Vlasic said. "It's good to beat that team, they're tough."

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