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Sharks vs. Coyotes Blog -- March 26

by Tony Khing / San Jose Sharks

A solid win for the Sharks. Good effort from all. Good goaltending by Niemi. The win gives them a 4-0 record against the Coyotes this season. Now they'll get four days off until they play hosts to Dallas on Thursday in San Jose.

Some of our stars go to Clowe (a goal, two assists and a fighting major) and Couture (two goals and an assist). Hard to pick a No. 1 star between these two. They both had good  games.


San Jose goes 1-1 on their brief road trip as they beat the Coyotes, 4-1.

White goes to the box for delay of game.

Paul Bissonnette and Vlasic have been jawing at each other all game and so here comes Clowe to his aid. Bissonnette and Clowe will spend the rest of the night in the penalty box for fighting. Congrats to Clowie for getting the proverbial Gordie Howe Hat Trick (goal, assist and fighting major). Once again, Clowe comes to the aid of a teammate. That's why he's got the "A" on his sweater.

Happy 30th (goal) Logan Couture! He crosses the blue line and lets go of a wrister that goes by Bryzgalov! Clowe and White with the assists. 4-1 San Jose. Michael Grabner plays in New York for the Islanders and has 30-plus goals. But look at what Couture has done besides the total goals. How about scoring 20-plus road goals? How about being in the top-10 in game-winning goals?

After a good start to the period, Phoenix is catching up in shots on goal.Now 9-4, Sharks.

Anaheim beats Chicago, 2-1!!!

Sharks are outshooting Phoenix, 4-0, early in the period.

San Jose is attacking the opposing net very well. They're hustling to pucks and getting rebounds on goals. Cases in point: Couture in the first and Clowe in the second. They are dominating the faceoff circle, 22-12, and have taken just one penalty. Let's also not forget Niemi, who's made some solid saves (like Yandle's one-timer). A San Jose win will keep them tied for second with Detroit in the Western Conference and they'll be able to lengthen their lead on Phoenix for the Pacific Division lead.


The period comes to an end as San Jose leads, 3-1. The Sharks outshot Phoenix in the period, 11-10 and are doing so in the game, 20-15.

By the way...Couture gets an assist on the Clowe goal. So, it's Clowe from Setoguchi and Couture.

Anaheim and Chicago are tied, 1-1, in the third period. Nashville has just defeated Dallas, 4-2.

Good things happen when you put the puck on the net. Setoguchi takes a shot on Bryzgalov, who made the save, but Clowe grabbed the long pad rebound in the high slot and scored his 24th goal. Sharks 3, Coyotes 1.

Sharks kill the penalty. Best chance for the Coyotes came when Brett MacLean tried a wraparound, but Niemi got a pad on it.

Mitchell trips Lauri Korpikoski and Phoenix gets their first power play opportunity. Shots on goal even in the period, 5-5.

ADD PAVELSKI GOAL: Pavelski now has 61 points -- a personal season high!

My goodness! Whitney passes one from behind the goal line to Keith Yandle, who was sneaking from the left point to the left slot. But Yandle's one-timer hits Niemi's blocker! San Jose is still outshooting the Coyotes, 12-8 overall, but the shots are even in the period, 3-3.

Sharks take a 2-1 lead. Mayers throws a pass from the left point to Pavelski in the right high slot and in turn Pavelski passes it cross ice to Thornton, who shoots it off the post, but Pavelski gets the rebound and knocks in his 18th goal. Thornton and Mayers on the assists.

In case you're wondering:
Dallas is losing to Nashville, 3-2, in the third
Chicago leads Anaheim, 1-0, in the second
...and Detroit beat Toronto, 4-2.

Sharks power play ends with no goals and no shots.

Sharks to begin the period with 51 seconds remaining on the power play.


The period ends with the score tied at 1-1. San Jose will have 51 seconds left on the power play when the second period begins. San Jose is outshooting Phoenix, 9-5, and they're leading in faceoff wins, 9-7.

First penalty of the period. Ray Whitney goes to the box for hooking.

San Jose is outshooting Phoenix, 6-4. Joe Thornton just missed a chance to wrap it around Bryzgalov, but missed the empty net! Those things do happen.

Andrew Ebbett had a breakaway on Niemi, but he missed the net. Demers did get a little piece of Ebbett to help his shooting.

By the way, Chicago is beating Anaheim, 1-0, after one period...

San Jose is outshooting Phoenix, 4-2. But the Coyotes are outhitting San Jose, 9-1.

Mikkel Boedker gets the long pad rebound on a shot following the faceoff in the Sharks end and puts the puck past Niemi for his fourth goal of the season and the game is tied at 1-1. Derek Morris and Kyle Turris get the assists.

Couture's goal extends his franchise record for most goals in a season by a rookie. San Jose outshooting Phoenix, 4-1, in the early going.

Logan Couture grabs the loose puck in front of the net and scores his 29th goal. Clowe and Heatley get the helpers. Couture cut from the right corner to the net as three Coyote defenders stayed in the corner. Ilya Bryzgalov was caught out of position as he was leaning to his right.




Hello Everyone! Welcome to tonight's game blog as the San Jose Sharks face the Phoenix Coyotes.

San Jose has won all three meetings this year. The clubs have two more games at the end of the season in a home-and-home (April 8 in Phoenix, April 9 in San Jose).

The Sharks saw their four-game winning streak end on Thursday in Los Angeles, 4-3, in a shootout. Phoenix is 8-1-1 in their last 10 and shutout Columbus, 3-0, on Thursday in Phoenix.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic participated in the morning skate. He didn't play on Thursday in Los Angeles (lower body). Antti Niemi will be in net for the 31st consecutive game. Over this stretch, he's 21-4-4 with a 2.19 goals-against average.

San Jose (95) leads Phoenix (93) by two points for first place in the Pacific Division. The Sharks and Detroit are tied for second in the Western Conference, but the Wings have played one less game. 

DEFENSE: Murray and Boyle
FORWARDS: Marleau, Thornton and Setoguchi

PAVELSKI has 14 points (four goals and 10 assists) in his last six games...MARLEAU also has a six-game point streak (six goals and six assists for 12 points)...THORNTON has four assists in his last three games...CLOWE has nine goals in his last 17.

Line combos to come shortly.

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