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NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Phoenix



(Thursday, December 31st)

Final Score: San Jose 3, Phoenix 2 (SO)

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ryane Clowe scored the lone goal in the sixth round of the shootout, as the San Jose Sharks snapped the Phoenix Coyotes' franchise-record 10-game home winning streak with a 3-2 decision at Jobing.com Arena.

After the first 11 participants in the extra segment failed to light the lamp, Clowe beat Coyotes netminder Ilya Bryzgalov on the backhand.

Dan Boyle and Kent Huskins found the back of the net in regulation for the Sharks, who have won seven straight and lead the NHL with 59 points.

San Jose backup netminder Thomas Greiss, making his first start since December 12 against these same Coyotes, finished with 34 saves.

Scottie Upshall and Taylor Pyatt had the goals for Phoenix, which has dropped two of its last three games -- all decided in a shootout, with both losses coming against the Sharks.

Bryzgalov stopped 31 shots in defeat.

Huskins' bid from the left point eluded a surprised Bryzgalov at the 2:53 mark of the second period, but Upshall's team-leading 14th goal of the season tied the game 39 seconds later.

Phoenix grabbed a 2-1 lead when Pyatt dished off to Peter Mueller, drove down the middle, cradled the return feed and beat Greiss low on the blocker side at 7:42 of the middle stanza.

A power-play marker by Boyle knotted the score at 5:29 of the third period.

Game Notes

The Sharks last won seven in a row during a nine-game winning streak from November 13-December 4 of last season...San Jose won for the first time in nine games this season when trailing after two periods (1-7-1)...Phoenix finished the month of December with a 10-2-3 record...The Coyotes wrap up a three-game homestand Saturday against Detroit...San Jose opens a four-game residency Saturday against Edmonton.

12/31 23:10:52 ET


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