NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Phoenix
(Tuesday, January 12th)
Final Score: San Jose 3, Phoenix 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau scored a pair of goals and dished out an assist, as the San Jose Sharks handled the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-1.
Dany Heatley had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have won two in a row and three of four overall. Evgeni Nabokov made 32 saves for the victors.
"We took a couple of penalties in the first [period] but battled through it. We got a nice bounce on the first goal. I thought after that we took control of the game," Heatley said.
Radim Vrbata scored the lone goal for the Coyotes, who have lost three straight and five of six overall. Jason LaBarbera turned aside 29-of-32 shots for Phoenix, which has dropped its past four games on home ice.
Marleau's short-handed goal at the 11:24 mark of the first period got the San Jose offense going. The Sharks cleared the puck into the Phoenix zone following a face off. LaBarbera fell down while mishandling the puck behind the net, and a charging Marleau chipped the disc into an empty net.
With 1:54 remaining, Marleau made it 2-0 with a power-play score. Nabokov made 13 saves over the first 20 minutes.
Heatley's wraparound gave San Jose a three-goal cushion at the 12:49 mark of the second. Nabokov also stopped 13 shots in the second stanza.
Vrbata's goal at the 11:50 mark of the third accounted for the final margin.
"We're a group that isn't in rhythm right now. There are some mistakes that are going against us. Our margin for error is very slim on most nights," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said.
Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski was suspended for two games, without pay, by the NHL on Monday. The suspension stems from a game against the New York Islanders on Saturday, when Jovanovski elbowed rookie center John Tavares...Phoenix forward Scottie Upshall was back in the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury...The Sharks lead the season series with Phoenix, 3-2...The Coyotes went 0-for-7 on the power play, while San Jose was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
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