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Sharks beat Coyotes 3-2 for seventh win in a row

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Sharks beat Coyotes 3-2 for seventh win in a row
San Jose Sharks 3, Phoenix Coyotes 2

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

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:53
SJS
Kent Huskins (2) ASST: Frazer McLaren (5), Jamie McGinn (1)
1 - 0 SJS
03:32
PHX
Scottie Upshall (14) ASST: Matthew Lombardi (18), Anders Eriksson (2)
1 - 1 Tie
07:42
PHX
Taylor Pyatt (7) ASST: Peter Mueller (9), Adrian Aucoin (13)
2 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
05:29
SJS
PPG - Dan Boyle (8) ASST: Ryane Clowe (18), Joe Pavelski (12)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDPHXSJSTOTAL
1L. Korpikoski
J. Pavelski
0 - 0
2R. Vrbata
D. Heatley
0 - 0
3P. Mueller
D. Setoguchi
0 - 0
4K. Yandle
P. Marleau
0 - 0
5R. Lang
D. Boyle
0 - 0
6S. Doan
R. Clowe
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
02:35
SJS
Jamie McGinn  Tripping against  Scottie Upshall
16:53
PHX
Jeff Hoggan  Roughing against  Jason Demers
2nd Period
08:28
SJS
Marc-Edouard Vlasic  Holding against  Petr Prucha
10:36
SJS
Scott Nichol  Hooking against  Peter Mueller
13:33
SJS
Kent Huskins  Interference against  Robert Lang
14:18
PHX
Adrian Aucoin  Holding against  Joe Thornton
15:40
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Hooking against  Sami Lepisto
3rd Period
05:01
PHX
Lauri Korpikoski  Interference against  Dan Boyle
10:16
SJS
Rob Blake  Slashing against  Petr Prucha
16:08
PHX
Robert Lang  Hooking against  Marc-Edouard Vlasic
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Thomas Greiss
SA: 36TOI: 65:00
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 33TOI: 64:59
Saves: 31EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .939SH: 4 - 4