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Sharks 3, Coyotes 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

San Jose Sharks Staff

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Sharks 3, Coyotes 1
Phoenix Coyotes 1, San Jose Sharks 3


SAN JOSE, Calif. --
The San Jose Sharks returned to action at home Sunday afternoon in their first game after clinching the Pacific Division title and continued their winning ways, topping Phoenix 3-1 behind two goals from Joe Thornton, one from Curtis Brown and another stellar netminding job from Evgeni Nabokov.



Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson used the opportunity to rest Mike Grier and Devin Setoguchi while Ryane Clowe jumped into his first game since suffering a major knee injury early this season.

Nabokov and Ilya Bryzgalov manned the nets for their respective teams.

It took Ryane Clowe just 14 seconds to put his name on the score sheet with an assist. Joe Thornton started the rush by dropping the puck Clowe and the winger ripped one that Bryzgalov couldn’t handle. The rebound sat in the slot and, with Milan Michalek tying everyone up, Thornton scooped in and pumped in the rebound.

Phoenix would even up the contest 6:33 in when Shane Doan corralled a rebound and put it in.

With 2:30 left in the opening stanza, Thornton posted goal number two. This time he simply ripped a shot from near the top of the left faceoff circle and it found its way inside the far post.

San Jose would maintain the 2-1 lead to the first intermission.

The second period did not lack for chances, but neither club could find the back of the net. San Jose outshot visiting Phoenix 17-5, but could not increase their lead. Several of the shots came in the final minutes of the stanza where one shot sat loose behind Bryzgalov before a defender cleared it.

After 40 minutes of action, the Sharks led by the same 2-1 margin they did after 20 minutes.

Team Teal would add to their lead as the third neared its midway point. A point pass by Brian Campbell to Curtis Brown in the slot was deftly deflected behind Bryzgalov, giving San Jose their first two-goal lead of the contest.

San Jose held strong in the closing moments as Phoenix tried to rally, but even with pulling Bryzgalov, they could not find a second goal and things finished 3-1.

LINES
Michalek-Thornton-Roenick
Marleau-Pavelski-Goc
Rissmiller-Mitchell-Clowe
Shelley-Brown-Plihal

Murray-Campbell
Ehrhoff-Vlasic
McLaren-Semenov

Nabokov-Boucher

NEXT GAME

San Jose closes out their home schedule for 2007-08 Tuesday night against Los Angeles and the game will be on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.sjsharks.com.



From the AP Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Joe Thornton scored two goals in the first period, and the San Jose Sharks eliminated the Phoenix Coyotes from playoff contention with a 3-1 victory Sunday night.

Curtis Brown also scored and Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves for the Sharks, who have earned a point in every game since Feb. 20 while rolling to the third Pacific Division title in franchise history. They have 36 points in their last 19 games, including three straight wins since an overtime loss at Phoenix on Tuesday.

Thornton is the NHL leader with 65 assists, but the All-Star center has been on a goal-scoring tear lately with eight in the Sharks' last five games. He scored just 14 seconds into San Jose's final meeting of the season with the Coyotes, then added his 28th goal late in the first period.

San Jose Sharks left wing Milan Michalek (9) fights for control of the puck with Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan, left, and Martin Hanzal, of the Czech Republic, in the third period of their NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2008. The Sharks won the game 3-1. (AP Photo/Darryl Bush)

Captain Shane Doan scored and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 29 shots for the Coyotes, who will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season even though they need just two more points to earn their best record since 2002. Eighth-place Nashville earned one point in an overtime loss to Detroit to move seven points ahead of the Coyotes, who have just three games left.

The Sharks clinched the division title and at least the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with their victory at Anaheim on Friday night. San Jose's 17th victory in 19 games keeps the Sharks barely in the race for the top spot behind league-leading Detroit, which has a five-point lead with three games left for both clubs.

With 106 points and three games to play, the Sharks easily could surpass the franchise record of 107 points set last year. Three more wins would tie the club record of 51, also set last season.

After Thornton scored on the opening shift, Doan tied it with his 28th goal - his fifth against San Jose this season - when Nabokov got caught out of position. Thornton put the Sharks back ahead late in the period with a long shot that deflected off a defenseman's stick and past Bryzgalov's glove.

Thornton has never scored more than 37 goals in his decade-long career as one of the NHL's top passers, but his 28 goals this year are his highest tally in a half-decade.

Brown scored midway through the third period on a beautiful pass from Campbell, the All-Star defenseman who has 16 points in 17 games since arriving in a trade with Buffalo. Nabokov finished strong in his NHL-leading 45th victory, giving him four more wins than second-place Martin Brodeur of New Jersey, which has four games left.

Forward Ryane Clowe returned to the Sharks' lineup for the first time since incurring a right knee injury that required surgery in October. Clowe missed 65 games, but the bruising power forward hopes to be at full strength for the postseason - and he looked good in his first appearance.

Clowe picked up an assist on Thornton's opening goal after starting on a line with Milan Michalek, who had two assists.

Notes: Phoenix needs just two points in its final two games to finish with its best record since the 2001-02 season. ... Doan, who has 77 points, is the only Phoenix player since 2001 to score more than 70. Sharks F Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk were the last Coyotes to do it. ... The Sharks rested several key players against Phoenix, giving the night off to F Jonathan Cheechoo, D Craig Rivet and rookie F Devin Setoguchi to heal minor injuries. F Mike Grier also got the night off to rest, though he's healthy.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:14
SJS
Joe Thornton (27) ASST: Milan Michalek (29), Ryane Clowe (4)
1 - 0 SJS
06:33
PHX
Shane Doan (28) ASST: Derek Morris (16)
1 - 1 Tie
17:31
SJS
Joe Thornton (28) ASST: Milan Michalek (30)
2 - 1 SJS
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
07:10
SJS
Curtis Brown (4) ASST: Brian Campbell (52), Jeremy Roenick (17)
3 - 1 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
08:06
SJS
Torrey Mitchell  Hi-sticking against  Joel Perrault
15:26
SJS
Torrey Mitchell  Hooking against  Marcel Hossa
2nd Period
10:53
PHX
Joel Perrault  Hooking against  Christian Ehrhoff
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 32TOI: 59:05
Saves: 29EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .950SH: 1 - 1