GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It took a rare Joe Thornton hat trick in a game they once trailed 3-0, but the Sharks were determined Tuesday night that their string of 15 games without a regulation loss wasn't going to end in the desert.
Ultimately, San Jose came away with one point when Phoenix center Martin Hanzal rifled a shot into the Sharks' net 3:23 into the overtime period, giving the Coyotes a 5-4 victory.
For most of the night, it looked as if the Sharks, who were playing without Jonathan Cheechoo and Craig Rivet, would come away empty-handed for the first time since a Feb. 20 defeat in New Jersey.
One regulation loss, of course, wouldn't have threatened the Sharks' current position as the Western Conference's second seed and Pacific Division leader. But Sharks coach Ron Wilson was talking before the game about why he didn't want to see his red-hot hockey team put its foot on the brakes.
"You let it slide a little bit — 'Oh, we're resting tonight' — and that can carry over into the playoffs," he said. "One night, you see it in this league, all your momentum can go out in five minutes of a game."
Maybe the Sharks didn't let it slide. But they did fail to bring their everybody-in-sync game that had carried them to the top tier of the NHL over the past month until it was too late.
Cheechoo didn't make the trip to Phoenix because he was still suffering the after-effects of a stick to his neck or head late in Friday's victory over Anaheim; Rivet was given the game off to rest.
PENGUINS 2, DEVILS 0, at Newark, N.J. — Marc-Andre Fleury had 31 saves. Pittsburgh clinched a playoff berth and took a big step toward winning the Atlantic Division title.
FLYERS 2, RANGERS 1 (OT), at New York — Mike Richards scored a breakaway goal 2:16 into overtime for Philadelphia. It gave the Flyers their fourth consecutive win.
CAPITALS 3, HURRICANES 2 (SO), at Raleigh, N.C. — Viktor Kozlov scored in the third round of the shootout to lead Washington.
Alexander Ovechkin scored his club-record 61st goal, Alexander Semin also scored and Nicklas Backstrom had two assists for the Capitals, who have won six of seven.
BRUINS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 2, at Toronto — Marco Sturm and rookie David Krejci each had a goal and an assist and Boston hurt Toronto's playoff chances with a victory.
SENATORS 6, SABRES 3, at Buffalo, N.Y. — Daniel Alfredsson had two of Ottawa's five third-period goals, and Anton Volchenkov snapped a third-period tie with less than 2 minutes left in regulation to rally over Ottawa.
PREDATORS 3, BLUE JACKETS 0, at Nashville, Tenn. — Goaltender Dan Ellis stopped 36 shots for his fifth career shutout, and Nashville earned its second consecutive victory to keep its fading playoff hopes alive.
FLAMES 3, CANUCKS 2, at Calgary, Alberta — Daymond Langkow and Dion Phaneuf scored 41 seconds apart in the third period and Calgary rallied to beat Vancouver, moving into first place in the Northwest Division.
RED WINGS 2, BLUES 1, at St. Louis — Johan Franzen's power-play goal snapped a third-period tie and Henrik Zetterberg added his 150th career goal, helping Detroit to its fourth win in a row.
LIGHTNING 3, PANTHERS 1, at Tampa, Fla. — Jeff Halpern had a goal and two assists and Tampa Bay hurt Florida's late playoff push.