NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at San Jose
(Thursday, January 29th)
Final Score: San Jose 2, Phoenix 0
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves for his second shutout in as many games, as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-0, at HP Pavilion.
Christian Ehrhoff scored the game-deciding goal in the second period, while Marcel Goc added an empty-net tally for the Sharks, who have won four in a row. Nabokov was coming off a 31-save performance in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Colorado, and he was perfect again Thursday for his fourth shutout this season.
"He just makes us calm on the bench," Sharks forward Ryane Clowe said of Nabokov. "It's funny, cause you're watching from the bench, and you see them getting a scoring chance and you don't even get anxious or nervous, cause you feel like [Nabokov's] got it under control and he's going to make the save."
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 27-of-28 shots for Phoenix, but the Coyotes couldn't get the puck past Nabokov and lost their second consecutive game.
"I thought our guys played their hearts out and we got beat," Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We did get some chances; Nabokov was Nabokov. I thought Bryzgalov was outstanding. I thought it was just a really good hockey game every which way."
After a scoreless first period, San Jose went on the power play a little over five minutes into the second frame. Ehrhoff capitalized on the man-advantage, ripping a shot from the slot past a screen and into the net at 5:59.
Nabokov was brilliant in net, making numerous acrobatic saves. He stopped seven shots in the opening period, 10 in the second and seven in the third. The Sharks looked to add an empty-net marker late in the game as Phoenix pulled Bryzgalov, but incredibly hit the post twice on long shots. Goc, though, managed to fire the puck in from the left side of the ice with 15 seconds left to seal the win.
The shutout was Nabokov's 44th of his career...San Jose improved to 23-1-2 at home this season...The Sharks have won two of the three matchups between the teams this season...Phoenix fell to 8-14-3 on the road.
01/30 03:05:01 ET