Sharks 5, Coyotes 3: Patrick Marleau snapped a tie late in the third period with his second goal of the game as San Jose rallied to win its home opener.
After Phoenix scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead, Marleau began the Sharks' comeback at 9:15 of the third as he received a pass from captain Joe Thornton and ripped a shot past Jason LaBarbera from the slot.
Martin Havlat tied the game soon after by banging in a loose puck near the left post, and Marleau beat LaBarbera from the right faceoff circle with 1:53 remaining in the contest. Marleau, who scored his league-leading sixth goal, has scored two goals in each of the Sharks' three games this season.
Thornton, who also collected three assists, sealed the win with an empty-netter. Marleau also set up a goal and Joe Pavelski added three assists for San Jose, which was outshot 13-2 during the second period of the opener of its six-game homestand.
Logan Couture scored a tip-in on a power play in the final minute of the first period to give San Jose the lead. Phoenix answered with its own man-advantage goal at 7:11 of the second as Steve Sullivan beat Antti Niemi for his fourth goal in two nights.
The Coyotes scored twice early in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Antoine Vermette buried a loose puck from the left faceoff circle during a power play five minutes in and Lauri Korpikoski took a bad-angle shot from the bottom of the left circle that caromed off Niemi and in a couple minutes later.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Coyotes C Matthew Lombardi suffered an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return. ... Thornton has recorded eight assists in San Jose's first three games, breaking the franchise record of six set in 1999-2000 by Vincent Damphousse. The Sharks' trio of Thornton, Marleau and Couture have combined for 10 goals and 14 assists thus far. ... Sharks C Scott Gomez, who was signed to a one-year contract on Wednesday, was a healthy scratch. ... Niemi made 32 saves while LaBarbera stopped 30 shots.