Posted February 09, 2013 on AP on Fox
Mike Smith made 33 saves through overtime and then turned aside two more shots in the shootout to carry the Phoenix Coyotes to a 1-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. The only offense in the entire game was provided by Phoenix's Mikkel Boedker and Radium Vrbata, who both netted shootout goals against Sharks goalie Antii Niemi. Smith, who recorded his fourth shutout of the season, made several acrobatic saves, including one in the shootout. Smith has 21 career NHL shutouts. Niemi was nearly as flawless, stopping 21 shots before the shootout to earn his first shutout of the season and 20th in the NHL. Smith improved to 14-19 in shootouts, and Niemi fell to 19-13. San Jose, which has gone to a shootout in four of six games, dropped its second straight tiebreaker. The Coyotes are 1-1 in shootouts, both coming on the road. Both teams hadn't won in their previous three games. The Sharks entered with one power-play goal in their previous 21 opportunities, and went 0-for-4. Phoenix came with four goals in 23 chances before an 0-for-3 performance. San Jose has turned around its penalty-killing. After allowing a power-play goal in each of their first three games, the Sharks have killed 35 straight short-handed situations. The last time these teams met, there was plenty of offense. The Sharks scored three straight goals in a 5-3 win, and Joe Thornton set a team record for the most points (9) in the first three games of a season (1 goal, 8 assists). Patrick Marleau also became the first player in 20 years to open a season with three straight multiple-goal games. Smith, who shut out the Sharks three times last season, improved to 6-3-1 in his career against them. Notes: Coyotes C Martin Hanzal had a four-game point streak snapped. ... Coyotes C Boyd Gordon played in his 450th NHL game. ... The Sharks activated D Brent Burns, who played in his first game of the season. D Matt Irwin was assigned to Worchester of the AHL to make room. ... Coyotes coach Dave Tippett coached in his 750th game. ... Sharks LW Ryan Clowe hasn't scored a goal this season.
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