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San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes have each been atop the Pacific Division in the past two weeks.
Neither, however, has been able to maintain that position.
In a matchup between teams desperate for two points, the scuffling Sharks and Coyotes take the ice Saturday night in Arizona.
By opening 2012 with a 10-3-2 run, San Jose (33-24-9) took over first in the division, and it looked like Todd McLellan's team was primed to capture its fifth straight Pacific title. A 5-3 loss at Phoenix on Feb. 4, however, took the steam out of the Sharks' surge and gave life to the Coyotes.
Starting with the win over San Jose - highlighted by two goals from Lauri Korpikoski - Phoenix went 11-0-1 in February. As the Sharks proceeded to free fall, the Coyotes (33-25-10) moved into a first-place tie with San Jose on Feb. 21 after trailing by 12 points three weeks earlier.
Phoenix has gone 0-4-1 this month, however, and now trails Pacific-leading Dallas by three points.
San Jose is also...
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The San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes have each been atop the Pacific Division in the past two weeks. Neither, however, has been able to maintain that position. In a matchup between teams desperate for two points, the scuffling Sharks and Coyotes take the ice Saturday night in Arizona. By opening 2012 with a 10-3-2 run, San Jose (33-24-9) took over first in the division,...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Marc-Antoine Pouliot missed the phone call from Coyotes assistant general manager Brad Treviling on Friday morning. He was still asleep in Portland, Maine.
"My alarm went off like five minutes later, so I called him back and I was like, 'What's up?'" Pouliot said.
You are, Treviling told him. We're recalling you.
Pouliot had no idea...
So what’s wrong with the San Jose Sharks?
They have fallen from the ranks of Stanley Cup contenders. At the moment, they are fighting just to make the playoffs.“We're not winning games,” coach Todd McLellan told the San Jose Mercury News. “That's what's wrong. It's as simple as that.”
OK then. Here are some additional details on this team's stunning...
Jeremy Roenick is not afraid to give his opinion. It doesn't matter if he has a huge audience or not, chances are fairly good that his mouth is open. Since being hired as an analyst by NBC Sports a few years ago, JR has had a bully pulpit to say, roughly, whatever he feels like. Sometimes this is good, like whenever he and Mike Milbury clash -- or when he cries on camera if one...
All Mike Smith needed was some rest.
After taking a few days off, Smith returned to the Coyotes net and stopped 42 shots in Phoenix's 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks Saturday night.
Mikkel Boedker and Michael Stone scored second-period goals, and Raffi Torres added his 12th of the season early in the third for the Coyotes, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Phoenix has...
Rock bottom is such a harsh word to use for a team with so much talent and the playoff normality that this franchise and fan base have come to expect, but the word describes exactly how it feels these days to be around the San Jose Sharks. Watching the Sharks' Joe Pavelski score a goal with just under two minutes to play in a crucial Pacific Division battle with the Dallas Stars...
Pattygeddon? It's coming
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Mike Smith stopped 42 shots and Mikkel Boedker and Michael Stone scored second-period goals and the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-0 Saturday.
Raffi Torres added his 12th goal of the season early in the third period for Phoenix, which ended a five-game losing streak. The Coyotes have 78 points and are in seventh place in the Western Conference.
Smith earned his...
Dany Heatley scored in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.
After Wild goalie Matt Hackett stopped Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Heatley put a backhand past Jason LaBarbera for the win. LaBarbera made 22 saves.
Hackett took over for Josh Harding, who left with a lower-body injury in the second period.
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A rare Phoenix stunned pic. Usually no one in the stands to get a pic of:
Hope Shane Doan is off to side vomiting.
SHARKS AT PHOENIX
Faceoff: 5 p.m. at Jobing.com Arena
TV/Radio: CSNCA, 98.5, 102.1, 92
Coyotes update: Phoenix soared to the top of the Pacific Division with an 11-0-1 February, but -- much like San Jose -- has been in a near free fall since March arrived, going 0-4-1 -- with two of those losses coming to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Coyotes' lone point came in a 3-2 shootout...