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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 Phoenix Coyotes.

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 Nabokov.

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 motion.

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.

Game Notes

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

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