Coyotes 2, Sharks 1 (Preseason)
GLENDALE -- Radim Vrbata
scored two power-play goals and the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in a split-squad preseason game on Saturday at Jobing.com Arena.
Vrbata scored the winner at 10:41 of the third period. Stationed in the slot, Vrbata took a backhanded pass from Ray Whitney
and his one-timer beat Thomas Greiss inside the right post from 25 feet.
Most of the Sharks regulars skipped this trip to take on the Coyotes in a split-squad game at San Jose, including goalie Antti Niemi.
Skating with a two-man advantage, Phoenix struck late in the first period. Positioned to the right of the net, Vrbata scored his first goal when he converted a pass from Whitney at 18:07 to make it 1-0.
The Sharks tied it at 1-1 early in the second period when Jaime McGinn poked in a goal-mouth scramble at 2:43.
Phoenix had its best opportunity to break the tie with just over 4 minutes remaining in the second period. On the power play, Adrian Aucoin
's shot hit off the right post. Ilya Bryzgalov played the entire game for Phoenix. Greiss played 57:40 for the Sharks.