Coyotes 3, Sharks 2, SO
SAN JOSE, Calif. --
The San Jose Sharks looked for their ninth consecutive victory against the Phoenix Coyotes when the two clubs hooked up Thursday night at HP Pavilion, but a late collapse resulted in a 3-2 shootout loss.
Evgeni Nabokov squared off against Ilya Bryzgalov as Jeremy Roenick and Matt Carle returned to the Sharks lineup.
The Sharks earned the first power play of the game on a hooking penalty at 4:44. Although they were unable to convert, San Jose had a great chance ona rush led by Joe Thornton
There was a four-on-four situation at 7:40 because of a scruff between Torrey Mitchell
and Phoenix’s Daniel Carcillo. During the open ice, Phoenix was called for too many men, which resulted in a Sharks four-on-three power play for 64 seconds. There was no score on the advantage in a preview of what quickly became a goaltending duel.
Late in the period Marc-Edouard Vlasic
received two minutes for tripping, providing a spark for Phoenix. However, Nabokov came up big with three huge saves against shots from inside the faceoff circle.
Despite no score at the end of the first, San Jose and Phoenix combined for 31 shots and 22 penalty minutes.
Three and half minutes into the second period, Kyle McLaren took two minutes for hooking, but 45 seconds later Phoenix took a hooking penalty to eliminate the disadvantage.
Then San Jose had a power play for 1:15 where they again came close, but could not convert. A shot from the left point by Ehrhoff led to a rebound recovered by Thornton, who passed to Setoguchi. The rookie winger’s shot was sent right into Bryzgalov’s chest. Then a go-ahead pass from Ehrhoff to Thornton gave the All-Star center a one-on-one chance that was kicked away by Bryzgalov.
Play was slowed until Phoenix received an interference call against Boynton at 13:12. Setoguchi had a great look with a slap shot from the top of the left circle, but the puck was blocked by a Phoenix defenseman.
San Jose’s McLaren took another hooking penalty at 16:42 that saw a penalty killing effort worthy of the crowd’s applause. During the kill, Torrey Mitchell
, playing without his stick, stepped up and blocked a shot with his foot and the crowd roared their approval.
With 57 seconds left,Phoenix’s Niko Kapanan jumped on a rebound opportunity. Marc-Edouard Vlasic
raced back to detour Kapanen, but the play resulted in a hooking penalty for the second year blueliner. The penalty would roll over for 64 seconds into the third period to give Phoenix the man advantage to start the final stanza.
It wasn’t long before Phoenix took advantage of the power play and scored 33 seconds into the final period.
The Sharks responded quickly as Mitchell scored for the Sharks. It was a tip through the five hole of Bryzgalov with Patrick Rissmiller and Mike Grier and assisting.
Emotions were on the rise after the two goals. Following a Phoenix rush, Rivet stepped in front of Steven Reinprecht who kept pushing toward Nabokov and the shoving quickly resulted in a group brawl. Bernier was first on the scene in Rivet’s defense and took on Keith Yandle. David Carcillo jumped in as the third man with Bernier and Yandle and Roenick jumped to his aid. As the linesman attempted to separate most intense grapplers, Carcillo fell back over Roenick and had to be helped from the ice.
The sequence brought more than 35 minutes in penalties with Carcillo providing Team Teal a five-minute power play for being an extra man in a fight.
The extended power play produced some up-beat play with rebound opportunities for Bernier and Grier.
Then David Ballard took a two minute penalty for roughing creating a five-on-three opportunity for San Jose. A play as easy as one, two, three from Thornton and Sandis Ozolinsh resulted in Roenick’s 502 goal of his career and seventh of the season. Thornton also reached a milestone as his assist on the goal was in 700th career point.
The puck kept flying halfway through the third. Directly after a penalty on McLaren for tripping, Mitchell made a pass to Phoenix’s blue line to give Grier a breakaway chancem but he shot just wide on the glove side of Bryzgalov. Then Phoenix took a shot off the faceoff forcing Nabokov to make a glove save.
With fifty seconds left in the period, Ballard took a cross checking penalty to give San Jose a late man advantage. However, it would be Phoenix who would score with a back-breaking shorthanded goal with 41.5 seconds left. When San Jose couldn’t clear the zone, the puck came back to Shane Doan and his wrister would force the game into overtime.
Overtime brought on a test for the goaltenders as each team had multiple opportunities to score. A three-on-one for Phoenix forced Nabokov to pull out all the stops, but he managed to turn the puck away. Then San Jose had a power play when Mitchell stripped Ballard and the Phoenix blueliner tripped him up to prevent the breakaway. Neither team could convert on their opportunities, so the game would go into a shootout.
The combination of a perfect goaltending performance by Bryzgalov and Peter Mueller ‘s winning shot through the five hole of Nabokov gave Phoenix the shootout win by a 3-2 count.
Sharks will play against the Anaheim Ducks for the third time in four games on Saturday December 22 at 7:30pm. The game will be broadcasted on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX FM, Sharks Radio Affiliates and SJSHARKS.com. Tickets are still available online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the box office.
From the AP Wire
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The Phoenix Coyotes went more than 13 periods between their first two goals against Evgeni Nabokov and the San Jose Sharks this season. So when they were down a goal and short-handed in the final minute, their chances didn't appear to be too good.
Then Shane Doan scored a short-handed goal to tie the game with 41.5 seconds left in regulation and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all three shots in the shootout to help the Coyotes snap an eight-game losing streak to the Sharks with a 3-2 victory Thursday night.
"With everything that's happened against these guys this year, this was a big one for us," Doan said. "We knew they had given it to us pretty good in the previous games and we were at the end of a long trip and we didn't want to go home halfway. We wanted to finish the whole trip, and it was big for us."
Peter Mueller scored on the first shot of the shootout for Phoenix, and Bryzgalov made it stand up, stopping Torrey Mitchell on the final shot to clinch the Coyotes' fourth straight win.
|Phoenix Coyotes left wing Daniel Carcillo is unable to score past San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov in the first period on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma).
Finishing it with a win against the Sharks was especially sweet. Since Steven Reinprecht scored for Phoenix in the first period of the first meeting between the teams this season, San Jose had scored 16 straight goals in winning the first four games.
The Coyotes' scoreless streak against Nabokov reached 271 minutes, 20 seconds before Mike York scored on the power play 33 seconds into the third period. It was the longest scoreless stretch for one goalie against a single opponent since Buffalo's Dominik Hasek blanked the New York Rangers for 281:57 between Nov. 28, 1997, and Nov. 25, 1998.
"It was good to break that thing and for us to know we could score on that goalie," Mueller said. "I think we proved a point. We have great guys in the room who will never quit. We'll never back down against any team. This was a great example of that."
York's goal looked like it would be all the Coyotes would get when Keith Ballard was called for cross-checking with 51 seconds left and Phoenix trailing 2-1. But Doan tied it 10 seconds later with a shot from just inside the blue line.
"We've got some guys who should be ashamed at the way they played," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "There were four or five guys we count on and they weren't ready to play. On a power play we gave up the puck on a faceoff and that's embarrassing."
Bryzgalov then sent the game into overtime when he stopped Patrick Marleau from in close in the final seconds of regulation. Bryzgalov finished with 36 saves.
In the shootout, Joe Pavelski hit the post on San Jose's first shot, before Bryzgalov stopped Marleau and Mitchell to earn the win. The Coyotes went 5-1 on a season-high, six-game road trip, that began in Los Angeles on Dec. 8 and had four games on the East Coast before ending in California.
"Start on the West Coast, come back to the West Coast and to play against a team as good as their team is, with as much talent, depth, size and speed as they have," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "I was just so proud of how hard my guys played tonight. They played with a lot of heart and character."
The game was scoreless through two periods before really getting interesting. Mitchell tied it for San Jose less than 2 minutes after York's goal when he knocked in a pass from Mike Grier to beat Bryzgalov.
Then, after Nabokov covered up the puck at the other end, a fight broke out that helped lead to the Sharks' go-ahead goal. Daniel Carcillo was wrestling with Jeremy Roenick before peeling off to join a fight between Steve Bernier and Nicholas Boynton. Carcillo got a game misconduct and a fighting penalty that gave the Sharks a five-minute power play and sent Gretzky into a screaming rage on the bench.
Bernier and Patrick Marleau also got fighting penalties for San Jose, while Boynton and Joel Perrault received majors for Phoenix.
Keith Ballard was called for roughing on the ensuing power play, giving the Sharks a two-man advantage. Roenick, who spent last season with the Coyotes, capitalized and beat Bryzgalov with a shot from the side of the goal to make it 2-1.
That was San Jose's only power-play goal in nine chances, continuing a season-long struggle at home with the man advantage. The Sharks have scored on only 12 of 85 power-play chances at home this season.
Nabokov finished with 35 saves, but couldn't close it out in the final minute.
"That's a tough break," he said. "It's happened too often. To give up a goal with 40 seconds to go being on a power play shouldn't happen. It's frustrating."
Notes: San Jose's Joe Thornton double-shifted much of the night, playing 31:01 for the game. His assist on Roenick's goal was his 700th NHL point. ... Roenick, who missed the previous five games with a knee injury, scored his 502nd career goal.
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