NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Phoenix
(Saturday, November 29th)
Final Score: San Jose 3, Phoenix 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Joe Pavelski scored twice and the San Jose Sharks rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in a Pacific Division battle.
Rob Blake also scored and Milan Michalek tallied two assists for the Sharks, who matched their longest winning streak of the season with their seventh consecutive victory. San Jose also rattled off seven in a row from October 25 to November 8 and leads the NHL with 41 points.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 18-of-20 shots to get the win.
The Sharks improved to 8-3-0 as the visiting team this season and wrapped up a brief two-game road trip. San Jose begins a four-game homestand Tuesday when the Toronto Maple Leafs come in for a visit.
"They (Phoenix) got up to that two-goal lead and there really wasn't any panic on the bench," Pavelski said. "We we had to pick our game up and get after them a little bit more."
Derek Morris and Kyle Turris both scored and Shane Doan logged a pair of helpers for the Coyotes, who had won two straight following a season-high six- game losing streak.
Ilya Bryzgalov allowed the first two shots he faced to get by him and was replaced by Mikael Tellqvist, who gave up the game-winner in making 20 saves and was saddled with the loss.
"It's frustrating because I thought we played really well, especially early in the game," Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We didn't get key goals when we needed them and that was the difference in the hockey game."
Phoenix is now 1-1 on its four-game homestand and will also welcome Los Angeles and Toronto before the next time it heads out on the road.
Pavelski's game-winner came off a deflection in front on a Brad Lukowich shot with a little over 8 1/2 minutes left in the third and Nabokov made it stand up with four saves in the final period, including two dandies in the final minute.
Nabokov laid out to stop Kevin Porter's backhand attempt just inside 30 seconds left and Michalek was whistled for tripping with 22.1 seconds left following a scrum in front -- but Phoenix couldn't convert up two men after pulling the goaltender.
"We were good when we had to be, especially at the end," Pavelski added.
Morris got things started with a slap shot from the high slot that found its way through traffic and into the net just 28 seconds in, and Turris' rebound from the right side on the power play made it a 2-0 game at 3:13.
Pavelski cut the lead to one a minute later with his ninth of the season off a rebound in close, and Blake's one-timer from the right circle evened the score 1:11 later.
It was the first two shots of the game for San Jose and Bryzgalov was given the early hook having not made a single save.
After the four-goal flurry in the first, the teams went scoreless in the middle stanza with Phoenix's new netminder, Tellqvist, making four saves and Nabokov stopping all seven Coyotes' shots of the period.
The Coyotes defeated the visiting Sharks, 4-2, in the first of six meetings between the clubs back on November 9...Phoenix has won four of its last six encounters with the Sharks...San Jose had dropped three straight in the desert...Phoenix is now 6-4-1 as the host this season...San Jose's Patrick Marleau, Devin Setoguchi and Joe Thornton each had their seven-game point streaks halted.
11/30 00:44:38 ET