The Phoenix' Coyotes' 10-game home winning streak is over. The San Jose Sharks' winning streak is alive and well.
Ryane Clowe scored the lone goal of the shootout and rookie goalie Thomas Greiss stopped all six shots he faced in the tiebreaker as the Sharks beat the Coyotes 3-2 on Thursday night to extend their winning streak to seven.
Greiss showed no signs of nervousness in his first NHL shootout.
"I was used to the shootout from the AHL," said Greiss, who was making his eighth appearance of the season. "I just tried to focus in the same way."
Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said his team didn't deserve the win.
"We were fortunate to get out of the game with a point," Tippett said after his team's second shootout loss to the Sharks in four nights. "We had a good burst of energy early, had shots but not a lot of quality. Then they started competing at a level where we didn't get to."
Dan Boyle tied it 2-2 with his 100th NHL goal, scoring on a power play with 14:31 left in regulation. He took a blind pass from Clowe on the right doorstep and squeezed a shot between Ilya Bryzgalov's glove and the right post.
"He made a good pass," Boyle said. "I actually wanted to go upstairs but I missed it a little. There was a lot of luck on my side."
Defenseman Kent Huskins gave San Jose the lead when he scored 2:53 into the second period, but Scottie Upshall tied it 39 seconds later and Taylor Pyatt put Phoenix ahead at 7:42.
Greiss made 34 saves through 65 minutes, and the Sharks killed off six Phoenix power plays.
"Give credit to their goalie," Upshall said. "He played well and their penalty kill was strong."
Four of the penalty kills came in the second period.
"This was a prime example of gutting out a victory," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan, whose team beat Washington 5-2 at home on Wednesday. "We challenged our team today. We wanted to find out how tough we were mentally, how tough we were when things are not going our way with travel and we're not feeling well."
It was a disappointing night for the Coyotes, who weren't happy with their effort.
"We didn't play well enough by any means," captain Shane Doan said. "The first period we had a jump but after that they kind of got their legs and got going."
Material from wire services was used in this report
|Kent Huskins (2) ASST: Frazer McLaren (5), Jamie McGinn (1)|
1 - 0 SJS
|Scottie Upshall (14) ASST: Matthew Lombardi (18), Anders Eriksson (2)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Taylor Pyatt (7) ASST: Peter Mueller (9), Adrian Aucoin (13)|
2 - 1 PHX
|PPG - Dan Boyle (8) ASST: Ryane Clowe (18), Joe Pavelski (12)|
2 - 2 Tie
|1||L. Korpikoski||J. Pavelski|
|2||R. Vrbata||D. Heatley|
|3||P. Mueller||D. Setoguchi|
|4||K. Yandle||P. Marleau|
|5||R. Lang||D. Boyle|
|6||S. Doan||R. Clowe|
|Power Play %||21.6%||20.0%|
|% on Road||19.5%||23.2%|
|% at Home||23.8%||17.0%|
|Jamie McGinn Tripping against Scottie Upshall|
|Jeff Hoggan Roughing against Jason Demers|
|Marc-Edouard Vlasic Holding against Petr Prucha|
|Scott Nichol Hooking against Peter Mueller|
|Kent Huskins Interference against Robert Lang|
|Adrian Aucoin Holding against Joe Thornton|
|Ryane Clowe Hooking against Sami Lepisto|
|Lauri Korpikoski Interference against Dan Boyle|
|Rob Blake Slashing against Petr Prucha|
|Robert Lang Hooking against Marc-Edouard Vlasic|