The way the San Jose Sharks have been playing of late, even a third-period deficit is no reason to get down.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic celebrated his 26th birthday by scoring the game-tying goal with 5 minutes left in the third period and Logan Couture got the only goal of the shootout to lead the Sharks to their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.
''We're a confident team,'' Couture said. ''We didn't sag on the bench, stayed up and kept going after them. We knew we were playing well. ... We're confident we can come back.''
A few wins will do that. San Jose had lost seven of nine games before this current streak, falling into ninth place in the Western Conference. But four wins over six days has vaulted them into sixth place.
Joe Pavelski scored for the fourth straight game for the Sharks and Antti Niemi made 27 saves as San Jose extended its longest winning streak since opening the season with seven consecutive wins. Niemi stopped Antoine Vermette in ...