WASHINGTON - Big John Scott, all 6-foot-8 of him, got the puck in the neutral zone and turned on whatever afterburners he has, skating to the left circle to put one underneath the crossbar for only the third goal of his NHL career.Johnny there, who knew he had that speed? teammate Tommy Wingels said.Scott and Matt Irwin were unlikely goal-scorers Tuesday night as the previously stingy San Jose Sharks finally sprung a leak or two, blowing a pair of three-goal leads before coming away with a 6-5 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals.Joe Pavelski scored the only goal in the shootout as the Sharks won their third straight to open the season. The difference this time was that San Jose didnt get a shutout, its clean slate coming to an end at 142 minutes, 51 seconds when Washington scored early in the second period.Right now were a team thats winning and needs a lot of work, San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. And I guess thats a good thing, when youre not playing as well as youd like in a lot of areas but youre still winning games.Irwin and Scott, both scratches in San Joses first two games, matched their respective goal outputs from all of last season in their first period on the ice this season. Irwin scored twice, and Scott netted once to make the score 3-0 before the game was 10 minutes old to chase Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.Scott, better known as an enforcer, had two goals in 236 games with four teams before joining the Sharks this season. Unused to the attention, he patted down his hair to make sure it looked OK as he walked up to reporters after a game in which he played fewer than seven minutes. Earlier in the day, at the morning skate, he had joked that he wouldnt have trouble getting up to speed because he didnt have much.I was just trying to sell it, Scott said with a laugh. I thought maybe Washingtons coaches were watching, and it obviously worked.Pavelski and Tommy Wingels also scored in regulation, and Antti Niemi made 29 saves for the Sharks, who also led 4-1 in the second period and 5-3 late in the third before Washingtons Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer scored 1:16 apart to tie the game with 4:35 remaining in regulation.The first period I didnt like at all, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. I just didnt like our commitment. We were a pass-first team in a shoot-first league in the first period.Marcus Johansson, Mike Green and Ovechkin all scored in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the second period to start the Capitals rally. Ovechkin has four goals in three games this season.Justin Peters stopped two of 16 shots in his Capitals debut, coming on after Holtby allowed three goals on seven shots.A high-scoring game wasnt supposed to be in the cards, given that the two teams combined had allowed just one non-shootout goal so far in the young season. The Sharks became the first NHL team to get consecutive shutouts from different goaltenders to start the season, with Niemi winning the opener and Alex Stalock following up in Game 2.But Irwin, who had two goals in 62 games last season, nailed a slap shot off a faceoff and put in a rebound with two seconds remaining on a power play make to give the Sharks a quick two-goal lead. It was only the second power-play goal for the Sharks this season and the first allowed by the Capitals.And, like Scott, Irwin made the impact a player wants after getting scratched for a pair of games.Thats the exact response that you need to show up with, McLellan said. And its not just about the goals. Its the way he played the whole night.Notes: Capitals Ds Brooks Orpik and John Carlson were on the ice for all four of San Joses even-strength goals. ... San Jose D Scott Hannan played in his 1,000th NHL game. Hes the 291st player and 97th defenceman to reach the milestone. ... 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Anor had not scored since getting his first two goals of the season vs. Philadelphia on March 22 but struck with laser precision from distance in the 56th and 75th minutes. Montreal (3-10-5) lost its third straight and Impact coach Frank Klopas said it literally was a case of his players not stepping up. Isaiah Canaan Jersey .com) - The Utah Jazz look to put an end to their five-game losing streak when the Denver Nuggets visit Salt Lake City Monday night.The Vancouver Canucks (19-11-2) will look to go into their Christmas break on a two-game win streak when they host the Arizona Coyotes(11-17-4) tonight at Rogers Arena. The Canucks are hoping to build off Saturdays 3-2 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames. With that win, the Canucks improved to 9-0-2 in one-goal games. Ryan Miller made 26 saves for his 17th win of the year and his first since December 2nd and will get the start again tonight. Jannik Hansen, who collapsed on the bench after his first shift of the second period, will not dress tonight. The Canucks, in consultation with specialists, have determined that further evaluation is required before he is cleared to play. With just four goals in their past four games, the Canucks offense could use a jump start. A number of Canucks forwards are struggling offensively: Bo Horvat has gone 12 games without a goal, Jannik Hansen has gone 11 since his November 23rd hattrick vs Chicago, Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins have all gone 9 without putting a puck in the net, Linden Vey has gone 8 games and Daniel Sedin is five games without a goal. In an effort to boost the 2nd unit power play, the Canucks may try Derek Dorsett as a net-front presence. After tangling with Derek Engelland on Saturday, Dorsett now leads the team with seven fighting majors, is second in the league in that department and third in the NHL with 75 penalty minutes. The Canucks penalty killing is on a roll going 10 for 10 in its past four games and 23 for 24 (95.8%) in eight games in December. The only power play goal the Canucks have surrendered this month was David Legwands 5-on-3 goal in Ottawa on December 7th. On tthe other hand, the Coyotes gave up a pair of power play goals in a 4-2 loss in Los Angeles on Saturday and are 29th in the NHL in PK (75.dddddddddddd2%). The Desert Dogs are 1-5-1 in their past seven games and 2-7-2 in their past 11 – with both wins coming against the Edmonton Oilers. Their last victory over any other NHL team was one month ago November 22nd 4-3 O/T against San Jose and their last regulation victory against another NHL opponent was a 5-0 triumph on November 14th over the Canucks. The Yotes have four wins since beating the Canucks – three are against Edmonton. Devan Dubnyk, who made 35 saves when he blanked the Canucks last month, has started Arizonas last three games (1-1-1). However, Mike Smith gets the start tonight. Smith has not played since December 11th and has not won since December 1st. Dave Tippett coached his 900th NHL game on Saturday in L-A. Martin Hanzal had a natural hattrick (with his 2nd and 3rd goals just nine seconds apart) against the Canucks on November 14th. He has scored once in 11 games since and Shane Doan had a goal in that game and has scored just once in 15 games since. Hanzal is 2nd in the NHL in face-off percentage at 58.3%. The Coyotes have blanked the Canucks in two straight and three of their last four meetings. Kevin Bieksa in overtime last January 26th is the last Canuck to score against Arizona. This game features three of the NHLs top shooting defensemen (Yandle & Oliver Ekman-Larsson are T-2 with 100 apiece and Alex Edler is eighth with 89) and three of the top 8 shot-blockers in the league (Michael Stone is T-4 with 83 while Zybnek Michalek and Chris Tanev are T-6 with 80). ' ' '