NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Phoenix
(Tuesday, March 17th)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, San Jose 3
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Shane Doan scored an impressive power-play goal with 27 seconds left in the game to lift the Phoenix Coyotes past the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, at Jobing.com Arena.
Despite the loss, San Jose still clinched the Pacific Division because Dallas lost to Vancouver, 4-2, on Tuesday. It's the fourth division crown in franchise history for the Sharks.
Doan also dished out three helpers on the night. Kyle Turris tallied two goals and a pair of assists while Dmitri Kalinin added a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 33 shots for the win.
Joe Thornton tallied twice and picked up an assist for the Sharks, who secured a playoff spot with Sunday's win over Anaheim. Patrick Marleau also lit the lamp, while Rob Blake had three helpers. Evgeni Nabokov was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots in the opening 20 minutes. Brian Boucher made 10 stops the rest of the way.
Trailing 3-1, Thornton notched his second goal of the contest 4:05 into the third stanza to cut the deficit to one. After a scramble in front of the net for the puck, Thornton picked up the disc at the left circle and backhanded the puck past a sprawling Bryzgalov.
San Jose deadlocked the tilt at three on Marleau's 36th of the year at the 8:20 mark. A Blake shot hit off the pads of Bryzgalov, setting up a rebound in front for Thornton. Instead of shooting, Thornton backhanded a pass to a charging Marleau, who buried the puck behind the Phoenix netminder.
With 33 ticks left, Jonathan Cheechoo of San Jose made a crucial mistake when he was called for interference off a faceoff. And the Coyotes took full advantage of the golden opportunity.
Off a faceoff in the Sharks zone, Doan collected the puck in the left circle and made a sharp move to the right side of the net. Doan was being checked from behind as he somehow managed to slide a backhander between the pads of a sprawling Nabokov for the game-winner.
"Our power play had to be good. It was big for us," said Doan. "We knew how good their is and we had to find a way to match it."
The Coyotes drew first blood quick and early, scoring just 21 seconds into the game. Doan's shot from the point set up a rebound in front of the net. Turris charged in and collected the puck before sliding the disc past Nabokov. Turris notched his second score of the game on the power play to give Phoenix a 2-0 lead with 4:39 remaining in the first.
A power-play goal from Kalinin with just 16 seconds left in the first frame put the Coyotes ahead 3-0. Doan slid a pass from behind the net to Kalinin, who was stationed at the right circle. Kalinin fired a shot off the left post and into the net.
"Well, obviously, anytime you give up three goals in one period, anywhere in this league, you're not going to win a lot of games," said Nabokov.
Thornton's 21st of the year put the Sharks on the board at the 8:01 mark of the second period.
The Coyotes went 3-for-4 on the power play, compared to 1-for-3 for San Jose...The teams have split four games this season...Phoenix improved to 18-14-2 at home this season.
03/18 02:10:32 ET