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Live Blog: Sharks vs. Coyotes

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks



Joe Thornton skates in the puck for an empty-net goal. Sharks lead 5-3.

Bryzgalov leaves the net.

Short-handed goal by Patty Marleau!!! Does it get any sweeter??? He converts on a breakaway in his 1,004 game and gives the Sharks a 4-3 lead. After the goal he celebrates with his signature fist-punch.

Yandle's shot through traffic is stopped by Stalock.

Eager gets called for hooking Ekman-Larsson sending the Coyotes on their third power play. Prior to the call, Scottie Upshall's stick snapped and the blade flew about as high as the protective netting. Heads up.

Sami Lepisto gets two minutes for holding the stick of Eager. The Sharks are 1-2 on the power play.

Settoguchi squeezes through two defenseman and fires a shot past the goal. He hits his rebound back towards the net and it redirects off Bryzgalovs stick and through the crease.

This is awesome.

Welcome to San Jose Kyle Wellwood! The Sharks tie it after Wellwood tips in his original shot and gets his first goal as a San Jose Shark. Assists go to Ben Eager (his first point as a Shark) and Jason Demers. The game is tied!!

Just got word that Stalock's parents flew in from Minnesota for tonight's game. Good timing.

Ferriero gets called for tripping.

Pavelski scores! Little Joe scores his second goal of the game knocking in a rebound from Setoguchi's shot.The Sharks (and the crowd) are back in it.



Pavelski scores a power play goal! After Derki Morris slowed down Heatley's original shot on net, Little Joe tapped in the rebound for the Sharks first goal of the game. Hallelujah!

Eric Belanger gets called for tripping Kyle Wellwood and the Sharks will have about a minute of power play time before the period expires.

Someone just yelled "play like you want to win Sharks" from the upper bowl and we heard it clearly inside sold-out HP Pavilion.

Scottie Upshall picks off Heatley's pass and streaks towards Stalock on a breakaway. Upshall goes to the backhand and misses the net.

Jamal Mayers drops the gloves and tries to fight Paul Bissonnette at center ice. The Coyotes' left winger won't drop the gloves and Mayers is handed a ten-minute misconduct instead. With seven minutes to go, he is led back to the locker room.

The Coyotes capitalize on their extended time in the Sharks zone when Oliver Ekman-Larsson  feeds Paul Bissonnette for his first goal of the season and Phoenix's third goal of the game. The Sharks then pull Niemi and put in back-up netminder Alex Stalock. This is Stalock's NHL debut. Good luck, bud.

Ben Eager picks off a pass from Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris, but the defelction rolls right to Bryzgalov. Slow start to the second period.

McLellan starts the period with the same line as the first: Marleau-Thornton-Setoguchi, Murray-Boyle.


At the end of the period, Phoenix is outshooting San Jose 18-12. The Sharks went 0-1 on the power play while the Coyotes converted on their one attempt. Pavelski leads the Sharks with four shots on goal.

A bad change by San Jose and quick transition by Phoenix results in a wide open Keith Yandle and another goal for the Coyotes. Phoenix leads 2-0 with a minute to go in the first. 

Power play goal for Phoenix. Shane Doan's shot from the point gets defelected by Radim Vrbata and goes top shelf above Niemi's glove.

Ixnay on the power play. Heatley gets two minutes for boarding Ed Jovanovski. The trainers have to check out Jovanovski after the hit.

Thornton gets a cross-ice pass from Heatley and rips a shot on goal. Bryzgalov bobbles the glove save. Best Sharks shot of the period so far.

First penalty of the period goes to Phoenix. Shane Doan gets two minutes for holding Ryane Clowe. McLellan sends out Thornton, Pavelski, Heatley, Marleau and Boyle.

Bryzgalov clears the puck right into Setoguchi's stick at the circles and the right winger rips a shot on goal. That's a nice way to wake a goalie up.

A back-hander through traffic by Lee Stempniak is stopped by Niemi. Probably the best save of the period so far.


Big hit by Clowe on the forecheck.


Just got word in the Press Box that Logan Couture is out of tonight's game because of the flu. Scott Nichol is also out of the lineup, serving the final game of his four-game suspension.


Marleau breaks out on a two-on-one with Thornton. Patty makes the pass to Thornton, but Jumbo puts the puck wide of the net. Great opportunity for the Sharks first line.

To start the game, Thornton will center Marleau and Setoguchi while Murray will be paired with Boyle. Niemi is in net.


Sharks forward Patrick Marleau was joined on the ice by his wife, two children and his parents.

During the ceremony, Marleau received a Tiffany engraved crystal oblique award on behalf of the NHL and a custom etched and painted six-liter bottle of 2007 Duckhorn wine which is engraved to commemorate his achievement on behalf of the Sharks athletic trainers, equipment managers and strength conditioning staff.

From his teammates, he was presented a Franck Muller Swiss watch and from the Sharks organization and General Manager Doug Wilson presented him the traditional silver stick (which symbolizes 1,000 NHL games played) and a Hawaiian vacation.


Antti Niemi will start in goal tonight for San Jose. On the opposite end, look for Ilya Bryzgalov to start in goal for the Coyotes as he was the first player to leave the ice for Phoenix.

Prior to the puck drop, the Sharks organization will hold a short ceremony to honor Patrick Marleau’s 1,000 games with the franchise.
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