|PHX||2||1||0||0||0 (0 - 2)||3|
|SJS||2||1||0||0||1 (2 - 2)||4|
|G: 0||Shots: 3|
|A: 2||Hits: 0|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 2|
|+/-: 2||TOI: 21:18|
|G: 0||Shots: 5|
|A: 1||Hits: 1|
|PTS: 1||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 2||TOI: 19:17|
|G: 0||Shots: 3|
|A: 1||Hits: 5|
|PTS: 1||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 1||TOI: 16:31|
By Eric Gilmore | NHL.com Correspondent
SAN JOSE -- 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 phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
|Daymond Langkow (11) Snap shot - ASST: Gilbert Brule (9), Raffi Torres (10)|
1 - 0 PHX
|Patrick Marleau (28) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Thornton (54)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Brent Burns (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Pavelski (27), Joe Thornton (55)|
2 - 1 SJS
|Derek Morris (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Daymond Langkow (17)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Lauri Korpikoski (17) Deflected shot - ASST: Ray Whitney (48)|
3 - 2 PHX
|Daniel Winnik (7) Slapshot - ASST: Andrew Desjardins (12), Tommy Wingels (5)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Michal Handzus - Goal|
|Mikkel Boedker - Save|
|Ryane Clowe - Goal|
|Ray Whitney - Missed|
|1||M. Handzus||M. Boedker||1 - 0|
|2||R. Clowe||R. Whitney||2 - 0|
|Michael Stone Delaying the game|
|Derek Morris Hooking against Joe Pavelski|
|Joe Thornton Hooking against Oliver Ekman-Larsson|
|Alexandre Bolduc Hooking against Ryane Clowe|
|Kyle Chipchura Interference against Dominic Moore|
|Rostislav Klesla Hi-sticking against Tommy Wingels|
|SA: 32||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 29||EV: 29 - 32|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .906||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 27||TOI: 64:57|
|Saves: 24||EV: 24 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .889||SH: 0 - 0|