The Sharks opened up the scoring in the first period with two goals, 22 seconds apart to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The first goal came from Josh Prudden at 3:37. Prudden was crashing the net and picked up a lose puck in slot. Without hesitation, he sent a wrister that beat Phoenix goaltender Alex Archibald, glove side.
"We came out and played a little shaky," said Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle. "We gave them their opportunities and they ended up capitalizing early on."
The second goal came from Sharks right wing Milan Michalek at 3:59. After gaining control of the ensuing face-off, the Sharks went back on the attack. They would get deep into the zone and continue to pepper Archibald with shots. After numerous attempts, Michalek was able to get a rebound off a Prudden shot and wrist it in to make it 2-0.
"The team was a bit lackadaisical in the first," added forward Landon Bathe. "We went into the break, we talked about it and came right back in the second."
Coyotes right wing John Hecimovic would get Phoenix on the board at 4:05 in the second period. Hecimovic picked up the puck in the neutral zone and skated in with the puck on the outside edge of the right circle, untouched. Once he got a good angle on Sharks goalie Jason Churchill, he fired a slap shot. The puck beat Churchill glove side high to cut the Sharks lead to 2-1.
Phoenix would come back four minutes later and tie the game at two apiece at 8:08 in the second frame. As a San Jose defender was trying to recoup an errant pass that went back into the Sharks end, Evan Schwabe caught the defenseman and continued to put some pressure on him along the boards. Schwabe would help the Coyotes gain possession of the puck and Phoenix went on the attack. Yandle took a shot from the right point, which Churchill initially stopped. The puck would bounce off Churchill's pads, and land just outside the top of the crease. Schwabe grabbed the rebound, got tripped by a Shark's defender, and was still able to beat Churchill five-hole to tie it at 2-2.
"The Sharks tried to clear the zone but our defense did a good job of keeping it," Schwabe explained. "The shot came in from the point and the rebound came right to me. I still managed to squeak it threw his legs."
The Sharks answered the Coyotes' score with a Tim Conboy goal at 9:23, to give San Jose the 3-2 edge. Conboy was cycling through the neutral zone when Evan Haw caught him wide open, just inside the blueline. Conboy would take the puck and race down the slot for a one-on-one. He would deke right, pull the puck to his left side and stuff it past Archibald's right skate.
The final period opened up as the teams traded a pair of man advantage situations. The Sharks would go on to trip up the Coyotes with a Josh Hennessey power play goal at 12:31 of the period, which increased their lead to 4-2.
Down by two, the Coyotes would continue to battle the Sharks through the very physical final period. With two minutes remaining in the contest, Head coach Pat Conacher pulled Archibald from net, to give Phoenix a 6 on 5 advantage.
The Sharks put the game out of reach, making it 5-3 with a Josh Prudden empty net goal with 1:17 remaining.
"Overall, I think we were a good hockey team for 40 minutes," Conacher summarized about the flow of the game. "San Jose came out firing the first 20 minutes and they caught us on our heels.
"We regrouped after the first and we were a much better team from there on out. Unfortunately, we couldn't get a couple of goals that we needed."
Time would run out on the Coyotes, as they dropped the final game in the tournament.
Scoring: 3:37 - SJ- Prudden (Michalek, Tremblay), 3:59 - SJ - Michalek (Prudden)
Penalties: 9:56 - PHX - Kurceba (2min., elbowing), 11:30 - PHX - Jones (2 mins., hooking)
Scoring: 4:05 - PHX - Hecimovic (unassisted), 8:08 - PHX - Schwabe (), 0:00 - SJ - Conboy (Haw)
Penalties: 11:11 - PHX - Stephenson (2min., elbowing), 11:43 - SJ - Joslin (2min., tripping), 13:03 - Bench (2 min., too many men), 14:22 - SJ - Vernace (2min., slashing), 18:29 - PHX - Ashton (2min., roughing), 18:29 - SJ - (2min., roughing)
Scoring: 12:31 - SJ - Conboy (Haw, Kaspar), 12:31 - SJ - Hennessy, PP (Michalek), 18:43 - SJ - Prudden, EN (unassisted)
Penalties: 1:44 - PHX - Schwabe (2min., elbowing), 1:44 - SJ - Bench (too many men), 11:33 - PHX - Gelech (2min., tripping), 19:10 - PHX - Kurceba (2min., roughing), 19:10 - SJ - Setiguchi (2min., charging), 19:10 - SJ - Conboy (2min., roughing)
PHX - Archibald: 18 for 23, (1 empty net goal); SJ - Churchill: 26 for 28
In the Championship game
For the second year in a row, the Kings and the Ducks battled in the Championship game. Anaheim opened with tournament with a win over the Kings, and that is the same way they ended it, with a 4-3 win.
In almost a mirror image of the there first match up, the Ducks staved off a late Los Angeles rally to win the game and the tournament. Ryan Getzlaf, Curtis Glencross and Shane Hynes led the Ducks with two points apiece.
The Kings were led by Petr Kanko (1goal, 1 assist) and Oreil McHugh who dropped in a pair of assists.
Up next for the Coyotes
The entire organization will converge on the Glendale Arena for the 2005-06 Coyotes veterans training camp. The first practice session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13 at 9:30 a.m.
All practices throughout training camp will be held at Glendale Arena and are open to the public.