Final SO

Series (Game 4 of 6)

San Jose leads 4-2

Game 1: Monday, October 12th
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Sharks0
Game 2: Saturday, December 12th
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Game 3: Monday, December 28th
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Sharks3
Game 4: Thursday, December 31st
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Coyotes2
Game 5: Tuesday, January 12th
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Game 6: Saturday, April 10th
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Sharks 3

(26-8-7, 59 pts)

Coyotes 2

(25-13-4, 54 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 31, 2009

Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

1 2 3 SO T
SJ 0 1 1 13
ARI 0 2 0 02

R. Clowe (Sharks - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

M. Hanzal (Coyotes - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

T. Greiss (Sharks - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .944

Sharks survive six-round SO for seventh win in row

Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- San Jose Sharks rookie Thomas Greiss made his first NHL shootout look easy.

Greiss stopped all six shots he faced in the tiebreaker, and Ryane Clowe scored the lone shootout goal in the sixth round to lift the Sharks to their seventh straight win, 3-2 over the Phoenix Coyotes.

"I was used to the shootout from the AHL," said Greiss, making his eighth appearance of the season. "I just tried to focus in the same way."

Phoenix had its franchise-record, 10-game winning streak snapped.

"We were fortunate to get out of the game with a point," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "We had a good burst of energy early, had shots but not a lot of quality. Then they started competing at a level where we didn't get to."

Dan Boyle netted his 100th NHL goal, and Kent Huskins also scored for the Sharks, who beat the Coyotes in the shootout for the second time in four nights.

Scottie Upshall and Taylor Pyatt scored for the Coyotes.

"Give credit to their goalie," Upshall said. "He played well and their penalty kill was strong."

San Jose held Phoenix scoreless on six power-play chances, four in the second period.

"This was a prime example of gutting out a victory," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We challenged our team today. We wanted to find out how tough we were mentally, how tough we were when things are not going our way with travel and we're not feeling well."

Boyle tied it 2-2 with a power-play goal with 14:31 left, taking a blind pass from Clowe on the right doorstep and squeezing a shot between Ilya Bryzgalov's glove and the right post.

"He made a good pass," Boyle said. "I actually wanted to go upstairs but I missed it a little. There was a lot of luck on my side."

Phoenix's Robert Lang had the best scoring chance of overtime, bouncing a shot off the right post with 2:48 remaining.

"We didn't play well enough by any means," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "The first period we had a jump but after that they kind of got their legs and got going."

Huskins opened the scoring at 2:53 of the second period with his first goal in 26 games. He shot a rolling puck from the left point over Bryzgalov's blocker.

Upshall tied it 39 seconds later, skating between the circles as a trailer on a rush and one-timing a pass from Matthew Lombardi from the low slot over Greiss' stick hand.

Pyatt capped a 2-on-1 break with Peter Mueller by scoring from the inside hashes of the left circle to make it 2-1 at 7:42 of the period.

Game notes


Sharks C Scott Nichol left the game briefly in the third period when he was cut by Ed Jovanovski's stick while on his knees just inside the Sharks blue line. "I'll take a broken nose for getting the puck out of the zone," Nichol said. ... The Coyotes have played three straight shootouts, winning one. Phoenix also had a shot deflect off the post in overtime of their shootout loss Monday in San Jose. Joe Pavelski, who had the second assist on Boyle's goal, has four goals and three assists in his last seven games. Coyotes C Vernon Fiddler (lower body) and D Jim Vandermeer (upper body) were out of the lineup for the second straight game. Upshall's goal was his first in four games after scoring three times in his previous two. ... Mueller assisted on Pyatt's goal for his 100th NHL point.

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