By NHL.com | Associated Press SAN JOSE -- The Coyotes capped the 2010-11 regular season with a 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night at the HP Pavilion.
Phoenix (43-26-13) finished the season with 99 points, which means it will place either sixth or seventh in the final Western Conference standings depending on the outcome of the Detroit at Chicago game on Sunday, which will be televised on NBC at 9:30 a.m. (PST). If Detroit wins, the Coyotes will finish sixth; if Chicago wins, the Coyotes will finish seventh.
The Sharks broke up a scoreless game with two goals in the second period. The first came after a relentless shift when they kept the puck in the offensive zone for more than a minute. Bryzgalov made tough saves on Dany Heatley and Kyle Wellwood, but the Coyotes were unable to clear the puck.
White then fired a shot from the point that beat Bryzgalov for his second goal in as many nights after failing to score in his first 21 games with San Jose.
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San Jose added its second goal late in the period with Martin Hanzal was sent off for roughing. Pavelski got the puck in front of the net and beat Bryzgalov with a shot just before being flattened by Coyotes captain Shane Doan to make it 2-0. The goal made the Sharks the only team in the league with seven 20-goal scorers.
Niemi made sure the game stayed that way heading into the third when he made a sharp stop on Radim Vrbata in the closing seconds of the second period with Phoenix on the power play.
The Coyotes had the better of the play early in a scoreless first period, recording the first six shots of the game. But the Sharks had the best chance early when Bryzgalov stopped Scott Nichol from right in front of the net with a pad save.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.
Trailing 2-1, Coyotes winger Radim Vrbata ripped a shot past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi from the left circle. The shot, however, was just a bit too high and hit the crossbar. About 10 seconds later, Niemi made a nice pad save on a wraparound attempt by Coyotes winger Ray Whitney to preserve the lead.
• The Coyotes finished the regular season with 99 points. That is the second highest total for points earned in a season in franchise history. The Coyotes earned 107 in 2009-10.
• Despite missing 10 games, captain Shane Doan finished the season as the team's leading scorer with 60 points, one more than defenseman Keith Yandle. Doan was the team’s only 20-goal scorer.
• Forwards Eric Belanger and Lee Stempniak, and defenseman Keith Yandle appeared in all 82 games this season. Yandle owns the team’s current longest iron man streak with 173 consecutive games played.
• The Coyotes' next game is TBA. Check back to phoenixcoyotes.com on Sunday for updated playoff information.
"The fact that we didn't get the first goal was a big deal. Once they got that goal and got going, we lost a little bit of the momentum. I thought we played all right. We had a few good chances."
"We knew there was a lot at stake for us. We had a chance to get home ice and it didn’t come to be... I thought we worked hard and had some good opportunities. We didn't capitalize on them. They capitalized on a couple of power play chances, and that was the difference in the game."
"You want to play good going into the postseason. We had a solid game tonight. And yeah, it's important to get as high as you can with the seed you get. We all feel comfortable playing here at home. We've had a good record here as of late at home, too. It worked out pretty good."