NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at San Jose
(Saturday, March 28th)
Final Score: San Jose 3, Phoenix 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Joe Pavelski notched the game-winner early in the third period on the power play to lift the San Jose Sharks past the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2, at HP Pavilion.
Jody Shelley and Tom Cavanagh scored 2:04 apart in the second period for San Jose, which stretched its home winning streak to five games. Devin Setoguchi registered two assists and Evgeni Nabokov made 25 saves for the Sharks, who moved two points ahead of idle Detroit in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
"It was fun to score at home...I've watched a lot of celebrations out there but it's great to be apart of," said Shelley, who had not scored at HP Pavilion this season.
Kurt Sauer and Matthew Lombardi found the net for the Coyotes, who have lost eight of their last 11 games. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 29-of-32 shots in the latest setback.
"The effort we are getting from each and every guy is pretty solid," Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky said. "For us to have that kind of effort [against a team battling for home ice advantage in the playoffs] was pretty strong."
After an uneventful opening 20 minutes, San Jose and Phoenix combined to score four times in the second period.
The Desert Dogs drew first blood on Sauer's first goal of the season at 2:18, but Shelley responded 58 seconds later off a turnover. Cavanagh then pumped in his first NHL goal on a nifty redirection at 5:20 before Lombardi countered for the visitors at 6:30.
Lombardi, though, committed a tripping penalty early in the third period and the Sharks tallied on the subsequent power play. Pavelski gathered a bouncing puck in the left circle and fired a wrister that beat Bryzgalov high on the glove side just 1:34 into the frame.
Phoenix failed to convert with the man advantage late in regulation and the club's last-ditch efforts in the waning moments were thwarted.
Setoguchi has five goals and five assists in the last six games...San Jose is an indomitable 31-3-4 at home this season...The Sharks hold a 3-2 edge in the season series. These two Pacific Division rivals will clash for the final time on April 9 in San Jose.
03/29 03:30:19 ET