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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Phoenix

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Patrick Marleau netted the opening goal in his 1,000th career game and Antti Niemi made a season-high 34 save in a win. Dany Heatley, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton each score in the 4-2 matinee win.


The buzzer sounds as San Jose held on to win 4-2.

Joe Thornton steals the puck from Phoenix's defenseman in the offensive zone and threw it into the empty net to give Team Teal the 4-2 lead. That's the captain 13th goal of the season.

The net comes unhinge during Phoenix's attack forcing the ref to whislte the play dead, much to the displeasure of the Desert Dogs and their home crowd. Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett called a timeout with the faceoff in the Sharks' zone.

A huge pile up at Antti Niemi's crease and the Finnish netminder fought to find and cover the net late in the game as San Jose try to maintain their slim lead. Ilya Bryzgalov left his net for the extra attacker.

Antti Niemi made the save and covered up the puck but after the whistle sounds everyone grabs a partner and starts pushing and shoving.

The Coyotes went offside to delay their rush into the Sharks' zone.

Phoenix killed off the late penalty and have less than five minutes to do something about the score which currently reads 3-2.

Shane Doan got tag with a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the net. The Sharks could extend their lead back to two-goals with this opportunity.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scores his first goal of his young career on a shot near the faceoff dot to Antti Niemi's right. Lauri Korpikoski and Lee Stempnaik earned the assist. San Jose's lead now down to 3-2.

Patrick Marleau's shot was stopped by Ilya Bryzgalov.

Ilya Bryzgalov quickly covered up the puck following the shot to take the faceoff of his left. San Jose has 28 shots on goal while the Coyotes have 31, 10 of them this period.

Scottie Upshall shot was saved by Antti Niemi.

A shot high on the glove side of Antti Niemi zinged off the post during the Coyotes' powerplay.

Joe Pavelski goes to the penalty box for tripping.

Antti Niemi was quick to drop down onto his pad and made the save as Phoenix tried to get back into the game with a shot from the point.

The Coyotes won the opening faceoff of the third period.


Two Sharks goals in the middle frame from Dany Heatley and Logan Couture has given San Jose a 3-1 lead. Perhaps the turning point in the second period, perhaps the game, was Antti Niemi and the Sharks killing off a four-minute high-sticking penalty.

From behind the net Dany Heatley passed the puck to Dan Boyle in front who drew the attention of Phoenix's defense. The high-scoring defenseman then passed it to an open Logan Couture to his left who knocked the puck into the open net. San Jose's lead extended to 3-1 thanks to Couture's 20th goal of the season.

David Schlemko earned a trip to the sin bin for cross checking.

With Jamie McGinn waiting to the side of the net, Ilya Bryzgalov covered up the puck at his feet to not allow the second chance that surely would've been another goal for San Jose.

Team Teal successfully killed off the four-minute minor.

Patrick Marleau wonthe defensive zone faceoff during the Sharks' four-minute penalty kill. Phoenix own a small margin in the faceoff circle winning 16 compared to San Jose' 15.

Antti Niemi made two huge pad save from in close to keep San Jose at 2-1.

Dany Heatley goes off for a four-minute high-sticking penalty.

Scott Upshall's shot was stopped by Antti Niemi.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic took a slashing infraction and Phoenix earned their first powerplay of the game.

Lack of communication and a bad change on the Coyotes part led to Dany Heatley and Logan Couture going on a two-on-zero. Heatley deked to beat Ilya Bryzgalov to net his 18th goal of the season and gave Team Teal the 2-1 lead. Joe Thornton earned the secondary assist.

Niclas Wallin shot got to the net for only San Jose's second shot of the period even with the man advantage for almost a full two minutes.

San Jose continued on the powerplay they earned from the waning seconds of the first period.


After 20 minutes of play, the score is tied 1-1. Patrick Marleau, in his 1,000th career game, nets the first goal of the game. San Jose lead the shot total at 10 compared to Phoenix' eight, but the Desert Dogs do have 10 missed shot.

Sami Lepisto got tack with an interference penalty and will sit for two-minutes.

Logan Couture took a hit from Martin Hanzal. Phoenix was very physical this period. They have 12 hits so far this game.

Ilya Bryzgalov made the difficult save on Patrick Marleau's shot as he streaked into the offensive zone with only one defenseman in his way.

Phoenix's shot from long range sharply bounced off the end board and back into play in front of the Sharks' net, but the puck safely to the side.

Derek Morris shot from the point bounced off the skate of Kent Huskins and through Antti Niemi's five-hole to tie up the game at 1-1. Keith Yandle and Eric Belanger

Antti Niemi uses his glove to knock the puck out of the air and toward his defensemen.

Phoenix shot reached Antti Niemi who makes the routine save. That's only the Coyotes third shot this period; they do, however, have five missed shot.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic blocked a shot in front of Antti Niemi.

Patrick Marleau's scored the game's first goal in his 1,00th NHL game. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Joe Pavelski earned the assists. San Jose lead 1-0 early.

Shane Doan's shot from the blueline zinged off the post and Antti Niemi covers up the puck.

Sharks' Patrick Marleau was one of the starters in his 1,000th career game.


The San Jose Sharks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-2 win Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues and look to continue their dominance over the Phoenix Coyotes today. Team Teal has won six straight against their division rival.

Patrick Marleau will play his 1,000 career game today against the Desert Dogs at Arena. He'll become the first Sharks player ever to hit that plateau, all while in a teal sweater. Marleau will be the 257th player in NHL history and the sixth player this year to reach this milestone. He's the third youngerest player to reach game 1,000; Marleau would've been the youngest if not for the lockout. Read more here.

Torrey Mitchell, Benn Ferriero and John McCarthy are out and Ryane Clowe is questionable for today's matinee game. Antti Niemi is expected between the pipes this game.
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