|SJS||0||2||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|PHX||0||3||2||(0 - 0)||5|
By Dave Vest
GLENDALE - Lauri Korpikoski scored two goals, and five of his teammates also notched two points, to lead the Coyotes to a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday night.
The win moved the Coyotes to within 10 points of first-place San Jose in the Pacific Division standings with 30 games to go.
“San Jose is one of the top teams in the conference, and this is a quality win,” Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle said. “We harped for three days in practice of being a better and more consistent team and (against San Jose), we did a great job of execution.”
Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist, and Boyd Gordon, Shane Doan and Ray Whitney each chipped in two assists for Phoenix (23-21-8) as it snapped San Jose’s three-game winning streak.
After a scoreless first period, the teams erupted for five goals in the second period. Phoenix scored three times on just six shots.
Tied 2-2, Hanzal notched the game-winning goal with less than a minute left in the second period. After taking a pass from Ray Whitney on an odd-man rush, Hanzal shot the puck on net and it bounced off the stick of Sharks defender Brent Burns and past goalie Antti Niemi for his first goal since Dec. 14.
"I saw the goalie coming toward me, so I shot for the far side," Hanzal said. "It's a great feeling to score after missing so many games (because of injury)."
Korpikoski scored his second goal with 11:57 left in the game to give Phoenix a 4-2 lead.
Playing with an empty net and an extra attacker, San Jose (29-15-6) cut the deficit to 4-3 on a goal by Patrick Marleau with 33 seconds to go.
|Photo by Norm Hall.|
Radim Vrbata, however, iced the win for Phoenix by scoring his team-high 24th goal into an empty net with 0.6 seconds left.
Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett liked that nine of his 18 skaters got their names into the scoring summary.
“We’ve been talking about that all year,” Tippett said. “We’ve got to score by committee. It’s funny when you see that happen with our team, we usually have a good chance of winning. Korpikoski had a great game for us. Raffi Torres had a nice goal (see KEY MOMENT below). You like to see guys like that score.”
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith stopped 32 of 35 shots to earn his 19th win of the season.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
|Logan Couture (22) ASST: Ryane Clowe (18), Patrick Marleau (21)|
1 - 0 SJS
|Raffi Torres (8) ASST: Michal Rozsival (6), Daymond Langkow (13)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Lauri Korpikoski (12) ASST: Shane Doan (16), Boyd Gordon (12)|
2 - 1 PHX
|PPG - Jamie McGinn (11) ASST: Brent Burns (14), Ryane Clowe (19)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Martin Hanzal (6) ASST: Ray Whitney (28), Radim Vrbata (18)|
3 - 2 PHX
|Lauri Korpikoski (13) ASST: Boyd Gordon (13), Shane Doan (17)|
4 - 2 PHX
|Patrick Marleau (20) ASST: Ryane Clowe (20), Joe Thornton (33)|
4 - 3 PHX
|EN - Radim Vrbata (24) ASST: Ray Whitney (29), Martin Hanzal (16)|
5 - 3 PHX
|Brent Burns Hooking against Martin Hanzal|
|Adrian Aucoin Roughing against Torrey Mitchell|
|Patrick Marleau Tripping against Keith Yandle|
|Rostislav Klesla Tripping against Andrew Desjardins|
|Joe Pavelski Holding against Lauri Korpikoski|
|SA: 23||TOI: 57:42|
|Saves: 19||EV: 15 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .826||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 35||TOI: 59:57|
|Saves: 32||EV: 29 - 31|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 3|
|SV%: .914||SH: 1 - 1|