NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Phoenix |
(Saturday, November 11th)
Final Score: San Jose 2, Phoenix 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Evgeni Nabokov and Vesa Toskala combined to
stop 38 shots, leading the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the moribund
Steve Bernier and Patrick Marleau each collected a goal and an assist to pace
the Sharks' offensive attack. Scott Hannan and Milan Michalek also registered
points on the night. Nabokov stopped 13-of-14 shots, and Toskala made 25
stops for San Jose, which has won four straight on the road, and six of its
last seven overall.
Yanic Perreault lit the lamp, and Curtis Joseph made 16 saves on only 18 shots
for Phoenix, losers of their fourth in five.
Perreault gave the Coyotes an early 1-0 lead on his first of the season
just 53 seconds before the end of the first period. The recently signed 12th-
year veteran redirected an Oleg Saprykin shot low to the right past a screened
Phoenix could have enjoyed a two-goal advantage after the opening 20 minutes,
but a Don MacLean opportunity at 11:26 was waved off due to a clear kicking
The intrigue continued between periods, when Nabokov exited the game due to
stiffness in his neck. San Jose's starting goaltender appeared to suffer the
injury with 7:48 gone in the first, when center Mike Zigomanis crashed through
the crease, drawing a goaltender interference penalty. Although Nabokov was
able to make it to the intermission, he was replaced by Toskala, who completed
the remainder of the game.
San Jose rallied for their fallen teammate in the middle period, scoring twice
to take the lead.
Bernier's fifth of the season, a deflection off a Hannan right circle shot,
tied the game 3:58 in. Marleau then scored the eventual game winner, giving
the Sharks a 2-1 advantage at 10:34, uncorking a rising slapper from just
below the right faceoff dot that beat Joseph over his shoulder and hit the
back of the net under the crossbar.
Phoenix has won six of their last nine games against San Jose dating back to
last season...Joseph was denied his 500th career victory...Coyotes defenseman
Dave Scatchard left the game with a knee injury in the third period and did
not return...Both teams wound up scoreless in four power-play opportunities.
11/12 00:22:29 ET