Sharks rally to beat Coyotes 5-3 in home opener

  • Phoenix Coyotes center Steve Sullivan, center, celebrates after scoring past San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray (3) and goalie Antti Niemi, right, of Finland, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN JOSE — Sharks coach Todd McLellan's decision to start the season with familiar lines from a year ago is paying early dividends for San Jose.

Patrick Marleau scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:53 remaining for his third straight two-goal game, helping the Sharks rally from a two-goal deficit to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3 in their home opener Thursday night.

Joe Thornton added three assists — getting one on each of Marleau's scores — and an empty-net goal as San Jose's two biggest stars appear in midseason form already. Marleau has six goals and two assists and Thornton has one goal and eight assists as the Sharks have opened the season with three straight wins for the first time since 2008-09.

"They're clicking," McLellan said. "They had big nights tonight. Teams are going to count on their big guys to get the job done. Ours are producing right now."

Logan Couture and Marty Havlat also scored for San Jose. Antti Niemi made 32 saves.

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