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Joe Pavelski scores two in Sharks' 3-2 win over Coyotes @NHL

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Joe Pavelski scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 8:37 remaining, and the San Jose Sharks rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat Phoenix 3-2 Saturday night.

Pavelski broke a 2-2 tie when he gathered a rebound a foot in front of the crease, pushed the puck to his forehand and scored into the open right side of the net.

Rob Blake also scored for the Sharks, who won their seventh straight.

Derek Morris and Kyle Turris scored for the Coyotes, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.

After a furious opening 5 1/2, in which four goals were scored on eight shots, the game quickly devolved into a sequence of dump-and-chase lobs with few scoring opportunities.

San Jose played the first five-plus minutes of the second period without a shot. Phoenix was even quieter in the third, failing to record its first shot until Keith Yandle's soft wrister from the outside of the left circle with 4:14 to go.

Mikael Tellqvist retreated to the bench for an extra attacker with 36 seconds left and Milan Michalek was whistled for tripping with 22 seconds remaining. But the Coyotes couldn't get a shot on Evgeni Nabokov, even with the two-man advantage.

The Coyotes opened a two-goal lead 3:13 into the game.

Morris gave Phoenix a 1-0 edge just 28 seconds in when he took advantage of a screen in front of the crease to beat Nabokov with a drive from the point, his second goal in two games.

Turris made it 2-0 when he flipped a long rebound from the right side of the crease over a prone Nabokov for a power-play goal, his first tally since Oct. 12.

The Sharks answered with two goals in 71 seconds.

Pavelski cut Phoenix's lead in half when he gained control of a loose puck just outside the crease and beat Ilya Bryzgalov at 4:15 on the Sharks' first shot. Blake tied it 2-2 at 5:26 on a wrist shot - San Jose's second - from the right circle that sailed over Bryzgalov's shoulder.

Bryzgalov, relegated to the bench the past two games in favour of Tellqvist, was pulled after Blake's goal.

Notes: Nabokov raised his record to 13-2. ... San Jose's last loss in regulation was Nov. 9 in Phoenix. ... Bryzgalov had not been pulled in 17 games this season. ... The Sharks were without Jonathan Cheechoo, who aggravated an upper-body injury in Friday's win in Dallas.

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