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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Sharks 4, Coyotes 3, SO
Phoenix Coyotes 3, San Jose Sharks 4
Three Stars of the Game
Joe Thornton
Joe Thornton
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 21:18
Joe Pavelski
Joe Pavelski
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:17
Tommy Wingels
Tommy Wingels
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:31

By Eric Gilmore | Correspondent
They needed a shootout to do it, but the San Jose Sharks snapped their three-game losing streak to the Coyotes and earned two crucial points on Saturday night in the ever-tightening Western Conference playoff race with a 4-3 victory at HP Pavilion.

Michal Handzus and Ryane Clowe beat Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith in the first two rounds of the tiebreaker, and Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi rejected shots by Mikkel Boedker and Ray Whitney.

Patrick Marleau, Brent Burns, and Daniel Winnik scored regualtion goals for the Sharks. Daymond Langkow, Derek Morris and Lauri Korpikoski scored for Phoenix (37-26-13), which salvaged a crucial point despite playing without several key regulars.

"With the short lineup tonight, we got out there and we competed hard and found a way to keep ourselves in the game," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "Unfortunately we couldn't get the two points. But (we came) into a hard building, and with some injury situations like this, I thought our guys competed hard and we found a way to get a valuable point."

The Sharks finished the night in ninth place behind Los Angeles with 86 points, while Phoenix, which returns home to face St. Louis on Sunday, is in seventh with 87.

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The Sharks and Coyotes skated to a 3-3 tie through two periods, and neither team scored in the third.

Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle had a good scoring chance with just under two minutes left in overtime, but Smith made a pad save of his shot from the right circle.

San Jose had numerous chances to snap the tie in regulation. Late in the third period the Sharks went on their fifth power play of the night after Korpikoski high-sticked Tommy Wingels, but they came up empty for the fifth straight time. Martin Havlat had a wide-open chance from the left circle but misfired.

Earlier in the period, Smith wound up flat on his back in the crease. Sharks center Joe Thornton had the puck to the right of the crease. As the Coyotes' defense collapsed, Thornton sent a pass to Marleau in the low slot as Joe Pavelski rushed the net, but neither could score.

Late in the third, the Coyotes sent a couple dangerous shots Niemi's way but were turned away.

San Jose beat Phoenix 6-3 in the season-opener, but the Coyotes outscored the Sharks 11-3 during their three-game streak, and Smith recorded a pair of shutouts. Phoenix frustrated the Sharks with its deliberate, tight-checking style in those three games, but Saturday night's clash had a different feel and a faster pace.

The Sharks scored as many goals in the first two periods as they did in their previous three games against Phoenix, which was missing captain Shane Doan, who served the second game of his three-game suspension for elbowing Dallas' Jamie Benn on Tuesday night.

"It was a good tempo, guys were going down, sticks and pucks were hitting faces," Clowe said. "But it was all good."

The Sharks appeared ready to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, but Phoenix tied it 2-2 with half a second left on Morris' second goal of the season. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic wasn't able to clear the puck out of the Sharks' end, and Phoenix capitalized. Daymond Langkow sent a pass from near the left boards to a wide-open Morris in the slot, and Morris, playing in his 999th career NHL game, ripped the puck past Niemi.

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Then just 49 seconds into the third, Korpikoski put Phoenix up 3-2. Whitney hit him with a pass near the crease, and Korpikoski, who got behind Boyle, jammed the puck into the net, beating Niemi.

"We lost some momentum there, there's no doubt about it," Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan said. "We lost the crowd. That's typical Phoenix. They make you pay for your sloppiness. We didn't use all 60 minutes. We didn't use the last 15 seconds of the first and obviously the first minute or two of the second. That was disappointing. I think we had some players that we normally rely on to be very, very steady and more of a calming influence that had some tough games tonight, but regroup tomorrow and move on. Can't turn the clock back."

Winnik, a fourth-line winger, got the Sharks even at 5:01 of the second, scoring his second goal in the past two games and second since coming the Sharks from Colorado in a trade at the deadline. Winnik chased down the puck along the right boards, skated above the circle and crushed a slap shot that beat Smith.

Center Andrew Desjardin and Wingels earned assists on Winnik's goal as they helped the Sharks keep control of the puck in the Coyotes' end.

The Coyotes jumped to a 1-0 lead at 6:31 of the first on Langkow's goal, the start of another strong night for Phoenix's third line. Forward Gilbert Brule tracked down the puck behind San Jose's goal and fed it in front to Langkow, who ripped it past Niemi. Brule and forward Raffi Torres earned assists.

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Langkow, Brule and Torres combined for five points Thursday night in a 3-2 win over Colorado.

Marleau answered quickly with his 28th goal of the season at 8:09 of the first, snapping an eight-game goalless streak. He had just one goal in his previous 14 games. Marleau pressured Korpikoski into a bad pass that Thornton picked off, igniting a two-on-one rush. Thornton headed toward the net then sent a pass to Marleau, who blasted the puck between Smith's pads and into the net.

The Sharks took a 2-1 lead at 17:28 when Burns scored his 11th goal of the season on a blast that deflected off the stick of Phoenix defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and past Smith. Pavelski set Burns up on the play, hitting him with a slick cross-ice pass.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of edited this story and compiled this recap.


The Coyotes failed to score a shootout goal and dropped to 6-10 in shootouts this season.

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• Center Alexandre Bolduc, whom the Coyotes recalled from the American Hockey League earlier on Saturday, made his Phoenix debut. Bolduc, who entered the game with 45 games on his NHL resume, played 6:44, took one shot on goal and was called for a hooking penalty in the second period. Click here to read more.

• Left wing Ray Whitney extended his point streak to seven games by assisting on Lauri Korpikoski's goal. Whitney now has 997 points in his NHL career.

• Left wing Lauri Korpikoski notched his 100th NHL point by scoring his 17th goal of the season at 0:49 of the second period.

• Defenseman Derek Morris scored his second goal of the season as he played in his 999th NHL game.

• Center Daymmond Langkow had two points - one goal and one assist. His assist was the 400th assist of his NHL career.

• Defenseman Rostislav Klesla blocked seven shots. Early in the third period, he flirted with serious injury when he was accidentally kicked near the right eye by Sharks forward Patrick Marleau as he hit the ice after being checked by Klesa along the boards. Klesa wasn't cut, and he returned to action after a short break.

• Center Boyd Gordon won 10 of 12 faceoffs.

• The Coyotes scratched Scott Arnold, Adrian Aucoin (lower-body injury), Shane Doan (suspension), Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Taylor Pyatt (upper-body injury), David Schlemko, Chris Summers and Radim Vrbata (lower-body injury).

• The Coyotes' next game is Sunday vs. the St. Louis Blues at Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
"I thought we made a couple little mental mistakes early. Everybody does that, and it happened, but the good thing is we’re mature enough to believe we can come back and stay in games and brush those little mistakes off and tighten up."  "It's always a great building to play in. It's loud. I think we put in the effort there. Obviously you'd like to get an extra point in the shootout, but I thought the effort was there and we got a point out of it." "The last two games I like how we're going. When something (bad) happens we just forget about it. When we play with this sort of moxie we make it hard on other teams."
Morris Gordon
  • Oct. 8, 2011: SJS 6, PHX 3
• Nov. 12, 2011: PHX 3, SJS 0
• March 24, 2012: SJS 4, PHX 3 (SO) 
  • Feb. 4, 2012: PHX 5, SJS 3
  • March 10, 2012: PHX 3, SJS 0
• March 29, 2012: 

scoring summary
1st Period
Daymond Langkow (11) ASST: Gilbert Brule (9), Raffi Torres (10)
1 - 0 PHX
Patrick Marleau (28) ASST: Joe Thornton (54)
1 - 1 Tie
Brent Burns (11) ASST: Joe Pavelski (27), Joe Thornton (55)
2 - 1 SJS
Derek Morris (2) ASST: Daymond Langkow (17)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
Lauri Korpikoski (17) ASST: Ray Whitney (48)
3 - 2 PHX
Daniel Winnik (7) ASST: Andrew Desjardins (12), Tommy Wingels (5)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
1M. HandzusM. Boedker
2R. CloweR. Whitney
penalty summary
1st Period
Michael Stone  Delaying the game
Derek Morris  Hooking against  Joe Pavelski
Joe Thornton  Hooking against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2nd Period
Alexandre Bolduc  Hooking against  Ryane Clowe
Kyle Chipchura  Interference against  Dominic Moore
3rd Period
Rostislav Klesla  Hi-sticking against  Tommy Wingels
OT Period
goalie stats
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
SA: 32TOI: 65:00
Saves: 29EV: 29 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0
Antti Niemi
Antti Niemi
SA: 27TOI: 64:57
Saves: 24EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
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