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Patrick Marleau gets 3rd straight 2-goal game as Sharks beat Coyotes 5-3

  • San Jose Sharks center Tommy Wingels, right, is pressed up against the boards by Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek, of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks center Tommy Wingels, right, is pressed up against the boards by Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek, of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek, of the Czech Republic, left, lays down to block a shot attempt by San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) as goalie Jason LaBarbera watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek, of the Czech Republic, left, lays down to block a shot attempt by San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) as goalie Jason LaBarbera watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left, Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris (53) defends on San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, center, as goalie Jason LaBarbera watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    From left, Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris (53) defends on San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, center, as goalie Jason LaBarbera watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

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

Logan Couture and Marty Havlat also scored and Joe Thornton had three assists and an empty-net goal for the Sharks, who have opened the season with three straight wins for the first time since 2008-09. Antti Niemi made 32 saves.

Steve Sullivan, Antoine Vermette and Lauri Korpikoski scored for the Coyotes, who were unable to hold onto a 3-1 lead in the third period on the back end of a back-to-back.