San Jose and Phoenix hooked up for the second of back-to-back tilts in HP Pavilion Monday night. Evgeni Nabokov started his 25th consecutive start going back to last season, which is a franchise mark dating over one season.
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A scary moment happened for Sharks fans when Milan Michalek was hit from behind into the boards and had to go to the lockerroom 26 seconds into the game. Michalek was a questionable return with an elbow strain.
The physical play was just beginning on the night. Still just five minutes into the contest, Steve Bernier hammered Ed Jovanovski into the boards. Phoenix’s Derek Morris went after Bernier, with each player landing a big blow before the scrap concluded. Morris was given the instigator, but San Jose could not convert despite several excellent chances on Mikael Tellqvist.
A great shot block by Joe Pavelski
resulted in the most exciting play in hockey. Taking the block straight on, the puck bounced behind the defender and Pavelski was off to the races. Jovanovski attempted to catch him, but could only succeed in dragging him down. The official held his arm up for a few seconds before pointing to center ice.
Pavelski skated in on the ensuing penalty shot, but his wrister was pushed aside by Tellqvist.
Christian Ehrhoff and Jovanovski were sent to the penalty box with matching minors, but the open ice did not result in much offense for either side.
With 2:10 left in the first, Ehrhoff was given two minutes for delay of game and Phoenix had a chance to close out the first with the lead. However, penalty killers Torrey Mitchell
and Mike Grier had other ideas. Grier made a nice outlet pass to Mitchell and then used his speed to separate from Shane Doan and create an odd-man rush.
When the Phoenix blueliner committed to Mitchell, he quickly found Grier who held the puck a moment before going upstairs on Tellqvist. It was a nice return for Mitchell to Grier, as the veteran provided Mitchell his first career goal two games ago with a nice pass.
Team Teal would finish the period up 1-0.
San Jose was forced to kill off the bulk of a Mitchell interference penalty to start the second, but the task was handled and even strength play resumed.
The scoring opportunities were minimal in the middle stanza, but just as they did in the first period, San Jose struck with less than two minutes remaining.Patrick Marleau
was down near the goal line and fed Joe Thornton
dropping down into the slot. Jumbo Joe’s first shot was blocked by the defense, but as multiple people collapsed looking for the puck, it came right back to Thornton and he had an easy drop into the net.
Team Teal would take their 2-0 lead into the lockerroom.
San Jose would not wait near as long for a third period goal and it came on a solo effort from Devin Setoguchi. With Phoenix looking to clear the zone, Thornton lifted the stick of a Coyote defender and Setoguchi in one instant gathered the puck and lifted it to the top right corner on Tellqvist.
However, it was not what truly juiced the crowd up. An extended shift with Thornton, Marleau, Cheechoo, Ozolinsh and Vlasic kept Phoenix hemmed in for a minute. They could not gather a fourth tally, but the crowd displayed their appreciation.
That fourth goal would come thanks to the combination of Cheechoo and Setoguchi. Thornton started the play by hitting Cheechoo up ice. As the defender gambled to close the gap, Cheechoo quickly dished to Setoguchi. The rookie winger was alone on Tellqvist and made one move to create space and dump in the puck.
Phoenix would start playing cheap when Nick Boynton grabbed Bernier from behind and started swinging away. The only consolation was the Sharks ended up with two-minutes of five-on-three time and they quickly made Thornton made them pay less than a minute into the advantage for the 5-0 lead.
That would end the scoring in San Jose as the Sharks defeated the Coyotes 5-0.
San Jose will visit Dallas Wednesday in a 5:30 p.m. start on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.