10:52 AM EDT, Sun May 03, 2015

Sharks’ playoff hopes dim with loss to Coyotes

For weeks, the Sharks have been trying to traverse the gulf between them and the teams occupying playoff spots in the Western Conference. On Saturday, it became clear that tee times, not a playoff berth, are what probably will be available to the team when the season ends next weekend. Shane Doan added a goal and two assists, Mark Arcobello scored in the third period and Sam Gagner’s empty-net goal clinched it for the Coyotes in their first regulation win since Feb. 3. Chris Tierney’s tip-in at 6:48 trimmed the Sharks’ deficit to one goal, but Smith kept them at bay and San Jose...

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