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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Phoenix

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
San Jose dropped a 4-3 match against the Phoenix Coyotes. Captain Joe Thornton's goal in the third period gave him 1,000th career point. He became the 78th player in NHL with 1,000 or more points. With the win, Phoenix clinched a playoff berth. Team Teal will do a rematch with the 'Yotes tomorrow night at HP Pavilion at San Jose.


Despite a late push, San Jose fell 4-3 to the Coyotes.

Dany Heatley narrowly missed an open net to even things up.

Antti Niemi left the net for an extra skater as the Sharks try to tie things up.

A huge slapshot from the blueline to cut down the 'Yotes lead to 4-3.

A scrum erupted in the Sharks zone after the refs whistled the play dead. Torrey Mitchel got two for slashing and Martin Hanzal got two for cross-checking. Four-on-four action for now.

Keith Yandle would sit in the penalty box for two minutes thanks to a holding call.

Dan Boyle pinched in and shot from close range but the puck must have gone off another puck as it floated up toward the net. Ilya Bryzgalov saw it the entire time and caught the puck before it could float over his shoulders and in.

Team Teal got that goal back as Captain Joe Thornton collected his 1,000th career point on a goal at the top of the crease. San Jose cut down the lead to 4-2. Douglas Murray and Dan Boyle earned the assists.

The Coyotes won the ensuing faceoff, quickly set up play and a shot from the point, with some traffic in front, beat Antti Niemi to extend Phoenix's lead to 4-1. Radim Vrbata and Lauri Korpikoski tallied the assists.

Douglas Murray goes off for holding.

San Jose recovered the puck in the netural zone after Michal Rozsival gave it away.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic blocked a shot from near the slot. The Sharks have 10 block shots so far in the game.

Joe Pavelski won the third period opening face off. San Jose has won 19 of 49.


San Jose found themselves down 3-1 after 40 minutes of action. It was a tough period for Team Teal as two of their shots zinged off the post and then lead to a Phoenix goal soon after. Phoenix has 24 shots in the game and 22 hits so far. Sharks have 16 shots and 13 hits -- they are definitely missing the toughness Ryane Clowe typically brings to the lineup.

A breakaway for Phoenix late in the second but Antti Niemi and his leg pad denied it.

Ben Eager, surrounded by two Phoenix d-man, still got a shot off at the top of the crease but the puck went wide.

Lauri Korpikoski goes to the sin bin for a holding penalty. Sharks go on their second powerplay of the night -- the first one was at the beginning of the second period and lasted a whole 16 seconds. San Jose is second in the League on the powerplay at 23.3 percent.

Phoenix nearly got a couple of good chances on net if it weren't for the well-placed sticks of the Sharks' defense to poke the puck away or to stick check the shooter.

A tough break from San Jose as another Sharks shot zinged off the post and Radim Vrbata hooked up with Eric Belanger to give the 'Yotes to a 3-1 lead.

Logan Couture went to the penalty box for interference. That's the Sharks fourth minor so far this game.

Ray Whitney skated in to the top of the crease and redirected the puck from near corner from Shane Doan to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead. Eric Belanger earned the secondary assist.

Jamal Mayers rushed toward the net and a shot ranged off the post behind Ilya Bryzgalov.

Logan Couture's shot was saved by Ilya Bryzgalov.

Defenseman Ian White scored his first goal in a teal sweater, third of the season, from the point to tie up the game at 1-1 thanks to the extra ice on a four-on-four. Niclas Wallin and Torrey Mitchell earned the assists. It's also White's first goal in 62 games.

Phoenix took an interference infraction during their powerplay. Four-on-four action for now.

Scott Nichol was tagged with a two-minute interference penalty -- their third striaght.

Huge series of save from Antti Niemi as Phoenix got a few chances from in close.

Joe Pavelski won the opening faceoff of the second period.


Twenty minutes in and the Sharks found themselves down 1-0. Coyotes put up 10 shots in the first, thanks in part to two powerplays, compared to eight shots and no powerplay for Team Teal. Coyotes has also dominated the faceoff circle winning 77 percent in the first stanza.

A huge scramble near Ilya Bryzgalov's net as the Sharks pounced on the loose puck and try to tie up the game late in the first period.

Dany Heatley put a hit on Lee Stempniak in the neutral zone. San Jose has six hits in the game and Phoenix has 10.

Andrew Ebbett netted his second goal of the season when he received a hard pass from Kyle Turris and tucked it in just under the crossbar. There was a delay to determine if Ebbett kicked in the goal but the goal stood. Coyotes 1-0.

A Phoenix rush nearly resulted in a goal after Antti Niemi loss position when he stopped the initial shot but his defense helped him out and cleared the zone.

Justin Braun cleared the puck after the Coyotes had started a cycle down low in the Sharks' zone.

A turnover in the neutral zone developed into a two-on-one San Jose. Torrey Mitchell got a snap shot off on Kyle Wellwood's pass but Ily Bryzgalov made the tough save.

Antti Niemi covered up the puck at the side of the net as Phoenix continued their assult in the Sharks' zone.

A quality chance from the Coyotes on a long shot but Antti Niemi made the routine save.

San Jose got called for another penalty with Andrew Desjardins going off for high-sticking.

Dany Heatley took a big hit in the offensive zone. He fell to the ground but quickly got back up on his skates and continued play.

Torrey Mitchell got tacked with a holding penalty. San Jose is currently 24th on the penalty kill (79.1 percent) after surrendering four powerplay goals Wednesday. Phoenix is 23rd in the NHL on the powerplay with a 16.1 percent.

The Coyotes won the game's opening faceoff. He skated during the warmup, but Devin Setoguchi was a late scratch from the game. San Jose skating with seven defenseman.

In their final road game of the year, the San Jose Sharks will take on the Phoenix Coyotes in a home-and-home series.

The Coyotes are still fighting for a spot in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs, they are currently tied with the Dallas Stars. With one point tonight, Team Teal can clinch the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference with the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 loss earlier today..

Scott Nichol is expected back in the Sharks lineup tonight, he has missed the last 20 games with an upper-body injury. Ryane Clowe, who missed the Anaheim game with a lower-body injury, could also make his return at Arena also.
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