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Phoenix pulled Ilya Bryzgalov in hopes of finding two goals, but could not find one and the Sharks clinched second in the Western Conference with a convincing 3-1 victory.  Who they will open agaisnt will need to be determined on Sunday.

The insurance goal was found courtesy of Logan Couture as he banged home his own rebound.  Dany Heatley had some nice set up work on the play.

Ilya Bryzgalov may have made the save of the year against the Sharks when he robbed Joe Thornton at the side of the net.

Dany Heatley drew a penalty and the Sharks had 56 seconds of 4V3 time.

Patrick Marleau and Kyle Turris took matching minors and the ice opened up.

San Jose saw a potential insurance goal move by the post.

Lauri Korpikoski scored unassisted to pull Phoenix within one goal.

Phoenix has had some prime chances, but Antti Niemi continued his show how clutch he is.

San Jose had to kill off most of a late minor for the second period.

Antti Niemi stopped another Phoenix Coyotes scoring chance late in the first and San Jose took the 2-0 lead to the lockerroom.

The Jr. Sharks U12 girls team who won the national championship last week was introduced at the break and received their due ovation.

Joe Pavelski just gave the Sharks a two goal lead.  While on the power play, he took a pass from Joe Thornton, whose stickhandling simply mystified the Coyotes, and drove the shot home.

Antti Niemi just bested his last save as he stoned a Vernon Fiddler tip while the Coyotes forward drove the net.  A subsequent shot put the puck across the line, but the net was off line.

Antti Niemi stared down Eric Belanger alone in the slot and prevailed.

Jason Demers just planted a big hit on Paul Bissonnette.

Ian White accidently took 2 minutes for delay of game and Phoenix jumped on the man advantage.

In one of the longest offensive zone situations of the season, the Sharks scored the opening tally.  It concluded with Ian White's first goal in HP Pavilion as a member of the Sharks family.  His point shot resulted in a 1-0 lead.

Four-on-four time to start the second period with Joe Thornton and Martin Hanzal each taking two minutes away from the game.

Great chances by both clubs and an entertaining first, but neither club found a goal.

Great diving play by Jason Demers cleared the puck and prevented a Shane Doan breakaway.

Michal Rozsival planted Logan Couture's face into the boards and San Jose had their first power play of the night.

Keith Yandle attempted to clear a puck through the crease that caused a moment of nerves for the Coyotes.

Scott Nichol was set up by Ben Eager in the offensive zone, but Ilya Bryzgalov covered the far post in time.

Joe Thornton's 1,000th point was played on the video board and the crowd gave a rousing ovation.

Outstanding diving play by Niclas Wallin to keep a puck from bouncing into the crease after taking an odd bounce from the end boards.

Good to see Scott Nichol skate again in front of the HP Pavilion faithful.

Jamal Mayers was sent to the sin bin for two minutes for highsticking, giving PHX the game's first power play.

Antti Niemi and Ilya Bryzgalov were the scheduled netminders.  Dany Heatley, Logan Couture and Benn Ferriero started up front with Jason Demers and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the backend.  Devin Setoguchi returned to the lineup.

Ryan Clowe, Justin Braun and Andrew Desjardins were out of the lineup.

The Sharks would clinch second place in the Western Conference with a victory.  Otherwise they would need help from Chicago tomorrow against Detroit.
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