Marleau also tallied in regulation while Joe Pavelski and
Brent Burns each recorded a goal and an assist for the Sharks,
who improved to 2-0-1 against the Coyotes this season. Captain
Joe Thornton notched a pair of assists and Antti Niemi turned
aside 34 shots as San Jose won for just the second time in seven
David Moss scored twice and Radim Vrbata added a power-play goal
for Phoenix, which has gone beyond regulation in each of its
last four contests (1-3). Mike Ribeiro recorded two assists and
Mike Smith finished with 29 saves as the Coyotes fell to 1-2-3
in their last six games.
Each team scored in the first round and Niemi denied Vrbata on
Phoenix's second chance before Marleau fired the puck between
Smith's pads. Niemi made the stop on defenseman Oliver
Ekman-Larsson to seal the victory.
Phoenix took a 1-0 lead at 7:43 of the first period thanks to
Matt Nieto's errant pass. Nieto backhanded the puck from the
left corner behind a teammate in the left faceoff circle,
allowing Moss to make a turnaround shot that beat Niemi to end
his seven-game drought.
San Jose pulled even midway through the second as Thornton made
a backhand pass from the slot to Pavelski, who buried a shot
from the bottom of the left circle. Moss completed his two-goal
effort 68 seconds later to put the Coyotes back in front, but
Marleau converted a feed from Tommy Wingels while in the slot
during a power play with 6:47 left in the session to forge
Burns gave the Sharks their first lead halfway through the
third, taking a pass from Pavelski and beating Smith from the
doorstep. Vrbata converted a power-play opportunity 2:25 later
to tie it a third time.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Thornton now has collected 824 career assists,
putting him one behind Alex Delvecchio for 25th place on the
all-time list. He also is 10 points away from tying Bobby Hull
(1,170) for 48th in NHL history. ... Smith made a huge glove
save midway through overtime on Burns, who came in alone on the
goaltender after creating a turnover. ... San Jose participated
in its 11th shootout of the season (6-5), tying Washington (8-3)
for the league lead. ... Sharks C Logan Couture failed to record
a point for the seventh consecutive game.
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