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Coyotes 8, Sharks 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Coyotes 8, Sharks 0
San Jose Sharks 0, Phoenix Coyotes 8

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Curtis Joseph moved up the career victory list in style.

Joseph stopped all 40 shots he faced for his 437th win, tying Jacques Plante for fifth place, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the San Jose Sharks 8-0 on Saturday night.

"Jacques Plante was one of the inventors of the game and a Hall of Famer," Joseph said. "Anytime you can be mentioned in the same breath as Jacques Plante it's a tremendous compliment."

Joseph, making his second consecutive start after sitting out four of the previous five, stopped 19 shots in the first period en route to his 48th career shutout.

Jeremy Roenick, who entered the night with one goal in 31 games, had a hat trick for the Coyotes, 8-2-1 in their last 11 home games. Shane Doan had a goal and four assists.

Asked if he thought he had a hat trick left in him, Roenick said, "I didn't think I had a goal left in me.

"There were times there when I was wondering if I had many games left. My confidence has been shot for a while. It doesn't help when you're on the fourth line and you're a healthy scratch."

Zbynek Michalek and Ladislav Nagy each added a goal and an assist, and Mike Comrie and Travis Roche also scored for Phoenix, which beat San Jose for the second time in three nights.

Phoenix finished December 6-5-2, its second straight non-losing month after beginning the season 3-9-0.

"We've been a much better team the last 25 games," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We've had a couple of bad losses but we've played well during this stretch."

The Sharks have lost four of five.

Roenick gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead 3:18 into the game, taking the puck from Kyle McLaren in the San Jose zone and beating Evgeni Nabokov on a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle.

Michalek made it 2-0 at 12:54 of the first on a hard shot from the inside of the right circle and Doan extended the lead to 3-0 at 15:11 when he beat Nabokov with a backhander from the bottom of the left circle after a scrum in front of the net.

"The score after one was pretty flattering for us," Gretzky said. "Cujo was sensational."

Vesa Toskala replaced Nabokov, who allowed three goals on six shots, but Phoenix kept rolling in the second period.

Roche scored on a one-timer from between the circles at 8:04 of the period for a 4-0 Coyotes lead. Nagy made it 5-0 at 12:24 when he took a pass from Doan and slid the puck into the open right side of the net for his 100th career goal.

Comrie added a power-play goal at 15:54 of the period, beating Toskala on a rebound off Michalek's shot from the point.

Phoenix was on a 5-on-3 power-play when Comrie scored, courtesy of an interference call against Joe Thornton and subsequent bench minor for "abusive language" against Sharks coach Ron Wilson.

"You read abusive language. I never swore once and if (referee) Mick McGeough or any of them wants to say I did that, they're wrong," Wilson said. "It's symptomatic of a lot of things. At least I could have gotten my pound of flesh and called them what I really wanted to."

Roenick got his second goal, his 400th in two stints with the Coyotes, with 5:08 to go when he rifled a wrist shot past Toskala from the middle of the right circle. He added his third with 1:30 remaining.

"He's been playing really well and doing everything they've asked of him," Doan said. "For him to be able to contribute offensively is huge."

Notes: Thornton guided Oleg Saprykin into the open door on the Coyotes bench, earning the initial penalty that led to Wilson's eventual ejection. ... After recording 19 shots on goal in the first period, San Jose didn't get its first of the second period until 8:10 remained. ... Saprykin and Mike Grier each were handed misconduct penalties with 9:12 remaining, ending their nights.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:18
PHX
Jeremy Roenick (2) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 PHX
12:54
PHX
PPG - Zbynek Michalek (4) ASST: Shane Doan (8), Oleg Saprykin (11)
2 - 0 PHX
15:11
PHX
Shane Doan (8) ASST: Oleg Saprykin (12), Travis Roche (3)
3 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
08:04
PHX
Travis Roche (2) ASST: Mike Comrie (13), Joel Perrault (2)
4 - 0 PHX
12:24
PHX
Ladislav Nagy (6) ASST: Shane Doan (9), Yanic Perreault (7)
5 - 0 PHX
15:54
PHX
PPG - Mike Comrie (7) ASST: Zbynek Michalek (15), Shane Doan (10)
6 - 0 PHX
3rd Period
14:52
PHX
Jeremy Roenick (3) ASST: Shane Doan (11)
7 - 0 PHX
18:30
PHX
Jeremy Roenick (4) ASST: Ladislav Nagy (22), Keith Ballard (8)
8 - 0 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
12:12
SJS
Mark Smith  Hooking
15:52
PHX
Fredrik Sjostrom  Holding against  Mark Smith
19:37
SJS
Joe Thornton  Roughing against  Keith Ballard
2nd Period
03:33
PHX
Matt Jones  Hooking against  Milan Michalek
15:43
SJS
Joe Pavelski  Abusive language - bench
15:43
SJS
Joe Thornton  Interference against  Oleg Saprykin
19:51
SJS
Steve Bernier  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Jones
19:51
PHX
Matt Jones  Misconduct (10 min) against  Steve Bernier
19:51
PHX
Matt Jones  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Bernier
19:51
PHX
Matt Jones  Instigator against  Steve Bernier
19:51
PHX
Matt Jones  Instigator - face shield against  Steve Bernier
3rd Period
05:27
SJS
Mark Smith  Hi-sticking
09:00
PHX
Josh Gratton  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Smith
09:00
SJS
Mark Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Josh Gratton
10:48
SJS
Kyle McLaren  Roughing against  Joel Perrault
10:48
SJS
Michael Grier  Misconduct (10 min) against  Oleg Saprykin
10:48
PHX
Oleg Saprykin  Misconduct (10 min) against  Michael Grier
19:42
PHX
Josh Gratton  Misconduct (10 min) against  Scott Hannan
19:42
SJS
Scott Hannan  Misconduct (10 min) against  Josh Gratton
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 6TOI: 15:11
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
Vesa Toskala
SA: 20TOI: 44:49
Saves: 15EV: 9 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .750SH: 1 - 1
Curtis Joseph
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
Saves: 40EV: 34 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0