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Coyotes Take Front End of Home and Home, 3-2

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

San Jose and Phoenix hooked up for one of their eight regular season meetings Thursday night at HP Pavilion. However Sharks fans were sent home disappointed for the second time in three nights as the Coyotes scored with 41 seconds remaining and downed the Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night.

Click here for video highlights from Thursday’s game.

Vesa Toskala was tested early on when Phoenix took a loose puck straight towards the net 30 seconds into the game. The Sharks’ netminder had little trouble keeping the game scoreless early on.

Team Teal went on the power play five minutes into the period but were unable to capitalize on the man-advantage.

Jonathan Cheechoo was whistled for tripping at 11:32 thus putting the Coyotes on the power play for the first time tonight. The Coyotes wasted little time in putting the first goal of the game past Toskala, when Oleg Saprykin scored seven minutes into the game.

The quiet first period concluded with just 15 total shots on net and Phoenix up 1-0.

Phoenix captain Shane Doan scored early in the second on a rebound to make it 2-0 and things looked bleak for the home club.

When San Jose killed off a Mike Grier penalty, the team began picking up speed. A strong cycle by the Goc line brought some life to the crowd and then Patrick Marleau lined up a Coyotes blueline on the forecheck.

As the game hit its midway point, the Sharks hit their stride and tied the contest. Curtis Brown set up Joe Thornton in the slot and then saw Joseph’s save corralled by Joe Pavelski. Little Joe’s shot banged off the post, but he found his own rebound and got it to Big Joe who beat Joseph five-hole.

Hard skating by Joe Pavelski gave San Jose a power play for the final two minutes of the second and they made it work. Taking the puck along the left goal line, Mark Smith came in and used a spin-o-rama move to receive and shoot the puck in the same motion. Marc-Edouard Vlasic had dropped down low and pushed in the rebound to tie the game at two apiece after 40 minutes.

After Team Teal killed off a Pavelski penalty, Marleau used his speed to put San Jose up a man, but when a Matt Carle shot went just wide, so did the power play.

San Jose was tilting the ice toward Joseph fore the latter portion of the third, but was struggling to come up with the go-ahead goal.

But with just 41 seconds remaining in regulation, Yanic Perreault swung all the momentum in the direction of the Coyotes, beating Vesa Toskala for the go-ahead goal for the Coyotes. Though the Sharks would earn two more quality scoring chances, the Coyotes would hang on for the 3-2 victory on the front end of the home-and-home series with the Sharks.

Past fan favorites Mike Ricci and Owen Nolan are part of the Phoenix roster.

The Sharks will play in Phoenix Saturday night. The contest will be aired on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and

FINAL 1 2 3 T
Phoenix   1 1 1 3
San Jose   0 2 0 2
Official Scoresheet Official Super Stats
Boxscore Faceoffs
Play-by-Play Shift Chart
Rosters TOI - PHX|SJS
PHX: SAPRYKIN, O. (PPG, 12:52 in 1st), DOAN, S. (PPG, 02:48 in 2nd), PERREAULT, Y. (19:19 in 3rd)
SJS: THORNTON, J. (10:31 in 2nd), VLASIC, M. (PPG, 19:42 in 2nd)

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