Antti Niemi stopped 35 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, Logan Couture scored two goals, and the San Jose Sharks earned a key road victory by racing past the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 on Monday night.
Needing a win after a rough week, the Sharks overwhelmed Phoenix in the second period to move within a point of Los Angeles for fourth place in the Western Conference.
San Jose outshot Phoenix 24-7 in the period, going up 3-0 on goals by Tommy Wingels, Couture and Joe Pavelski. Niemi made some tough saves early and was steady after the Sharks took the lead to earn his 23rd career NHL shutout.
Jason LaBarbera stopped 37 shots for Phoenix, which remained 11th in the West and four points out of the final playoff spot with six games left.
These two Pacific Division rivals came in needing not just one win, but several as the season winds down in its final two weeks.
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