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Sharks 3, Coyotes 1

Saturday, 04.09.2011 / 4:30 PM
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Sharks 3, Coyotes 1
Phoenix Coyotes 1, San Jose Sharks 3

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.

• Click here to view the conference standings.

If Phoenix finishes sixth, it will play Detroit in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If Phoenix finishes seventh, it will play San Jose.

Sharks center Joe Pavelski scored his 20th goal of the season and Antti Niemi made 35 saves as San Jose wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the playoffs with its win over Phoenix on Saturday night.

Ian White and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks (48-25-9).

The Coyotes got their lone goal when Lauri Korpikoski blocked Jason Demers’ point shot, skated in alone on Niemi and beat him with a wrist shot for his 19th goal with 11:24 left in the third period.

But Couture put the game away when he scored his 32nd goal on a power play with just 1:31 to go, just seconds after Ilya Bryzgalov robbed Sharks captain Joe Thornton with a spectacular, sprawling save. Bryzgalov stopped 34 of 37 shots.

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.

Photo by Getty Images.
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 scratched Mikkel Boedker, Ryan Hollweg, Brett MacLean, Andy Miele and David Schlemko.

• 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."
Korpikoski Tippett Thornton
 
Niemi
White
Bryzgalov
 
  • Dec. 23, 2010: SJS 4, PHX 2
  • Feb. 1, 2011: SJS 5, PHX 3
  • April 9, 2011: SJS 3, PHX 1
  • Jan. 17, 2011: SJS 4, PHX 2
  • March 26, 2011: SJS 4, PHX 1
 
• April 8, 2011: PHX 4, SJS 3
scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
07:11
SJS
Ian White (4) Slapshot - ASST: Torrey Mitchell (14), Kyle Wellwood (7)
1 - 0 SJS
18:37
SJS
PPG - Joe Pavelski (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Thornton (49), Patrick Marleau (36)
2 - 0 SJS
3rd Period
08:36
PHX
Lauri Korpikoski (19) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 SJS
18:29
SJS
PPG - Logan Couture (32) Wrist shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (38), Kyle Wellwood (8)
3 - 1 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
02:31
SJS
Jamal Mayers  Hi-sticking against  Keith Yandle
12:46
PHX
Michal Rozsival  Boarding against  Benn Ferriero
14:12
SJS
Joe Thornton  Cross checking against  Vernon Fiddler
20:00
SJS
Joe Thornton  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Martin Hanzal
20:00
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Joe Thornton
2nd Period
11:32
SJS
Ian White  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:59
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Roughing against  Kyle Wellwood
19:44
SJS
Niclas Wallin  Cross checking against  Rostislav Klesla
3rd Period
15:56
PHX
Kyle Turris  Roughing against  Patrick Marleau
15:56
SJS
Patrick Marleau  Cross checking against  Kyle Turris
17:00
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Tripping against  Dany Heatley
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 37TOI: 58:41
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .919SH: 0 - 0
Antti Niemi
Antti Niemi
35-18-6
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .972SH: 1 - 1
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