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NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Phoenix



(Saturday, December 12th)

Final Score: Phoenix 2, San Jose 1

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 37-of-38 shots to lead Phoenix over San Jose, 2-1.

Radim Vrbata and Robert Lang scored for the Coyotes, who won for the sixth time in seven games.

Dany Heatley picked up the lone goal for the Sharks, who suffered their fifth straight setback. Thomas Greiss was strong in defeat, making 33 saves.

San Jose now has a five-game losing streak for the first time since February 12-20, 2008.

"We're having a tough time scoring goals and we're taking a lot of penalties. We can't be taking six or seven a night," said Heatley.

Phoenix picked up a pair of goals less than two minutes apart early in the second period, as Vrbata tallied on the power play at 3:40 and Lang followed at even strength with 5:15 played.

The Sharks could have cut their deficit to one goal with 8:39 left in regulation, but Joe Pavelski's successful shovel shot while digging in the crease was negated by an early whistle to halt play.

Heatley's blast while San Jose had a 4-on-3 advantage did make it 2-1 with 5:21 left in the third, but the Sharks couldn't come up with an equalizer while skating 5-on-4 for over a minute.

Bryzgalov and the Coyotes survived several close calls down the stretch, including the final 1:09 when the visitors pulled Greiss for an extra attacker.

"He was excellent," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said of his netminder. "In the third period there were a couple of great chances, but he managed to close the door. That's how he's played all year. He's clean up a lot of messes for us."

Game Notes

Phoenix has won the first two matchups over San Jose this season and has taken four of the last five meetings since March...The Coyotes begin a four-game road trip on Monday in Detroit, and the Sharks host Anaheim on Thursday.

12/13 03:06:25 ET


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