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Dog Days of November
Sharks take 3rd straight from Coyotes
11/15/07 - by Mike Lee

11 months after the great debacle in Phoenix, the Sharks continued their healing process by man-handling the Coyotes for the third time in a week. Joe Pavelski scored two goals and Patrick Marleau added three assists to pace the Sharks to a 6-0 white-washing of the Coyotes at Arena in Phoenix on Thursday night. The Sharks have outscored the Coyotes 15-1 in those three games, which has contributed to the first 4-game winning streak of the season.

Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov shutout the Coyotes for the 2nd time in 4 days, although he only faced 15 shots in the game.

The wire-to-wire victory began with a Jeremy Roenick goal just 4:21 into the contest. Roenick's 501st career goal came on a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Coyotes goaltender Alex Auld, clanking off the crossbar. Roenick picked up a loose puck at center ice before skating into the Coyotes zone and scoring the unassisted goal.

Patrick Rissmiller scored his 1st goal of the season on a shot from the top of the left circle. Rissmiller's shot found it's way through traffic, beating Auld, after Marleau setup the shot with a pass from the left wing boards. The assist was Marleau's 500th career NHL point.

Joe Pavelski made it 3-0 midway through the 2nd period on the power play after Fredrik Sjostrom took a 2-minue slashing penalty. After Steve Bernier wound the puck to his teammate around the end boards, Pavelski would fake a move to the right post behind the Phoenix goal before putting on the breaks and reversing direction. Pavelski would then tuck the puck inside the opposite post with a partial wraparound, as Coyotes defenseman Matt Jones dove in desperation at the goal mouth.

Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky had seen enough, pulling Auld in favor of Mikael Tellqvist . Auld's replacement held off the Sharks for the remainder of the period, before the wheels fall off in the 3rd.

Things got testy early in the final period and it would cost the Coyotes another goal. Phoenix winger Craig Weller tried to generate some momentum by goading Douglas Murray into a fight, but Craig dropped his gloves before Murray would commit. Seeing that Weller was going to earn a penalty, Murray decided to keep his gloves on, resulting in a power play for the Sharks.

Pavelski would score his 2nd power play goal of the evening on a one-timer into a wide open net. Patrick Marleau fed Pavelski the pass from the right wing boards, after the Sharks strung together a series of precision passes. Auld was drawn over to the right post as the puck cycled over to Marleau, exposing the entire net behind him.

Devin Setoguchi would follow up Pavelski's goal 66 seconds later after Joe Thornton sent a pass through the crease. Setoguchi easily redirected the Thornton pass for his 4th goal in as many games. Setoguchi goal scoring streak has been no coincidence. Since moving on to Thornton's line, the rookie winger has been on a tear.

Bernier added his 4th goal of the season on a one timer from the slot on a feed from Marleau at 13:59 of the period. Marleau skated in on Telqvist, squeezing a shot on goal from just inside the left circle, that rebounded back out to the Charks captain. Circling around the back of the Coyotes net, Marleau then floated a pass out to Bernier who was parked 15 feet in front of the net.

Nabokov's load was extremely light in the 3rd period, only facing 3 shots, but he was forced to make a tough save with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to preserve his 37th career shutout.

Game Notes:

The sharks outscored the Coyotes 15-1 in the three games between the two teams this week. The Sharks dressed 7 defenseman, even though Craig Rivet did not play on Thursday. Both Alexei Semanov and Matt Carle found their way back into the lineup.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 3 6
PHO 0 0 0 0
1st period - 1, SJ, Roenick 6 (unassisted), 4:21. 2, SJ, Rissmiller 1 (Marleau, Murray), 11:23.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Pavelski 4 (Bernier, Ehrhoff), 8:23, (pp).
3rd period - 4, SJ, Pavelski 5 (Marleau, Ehrhoff), 2:12, (pp). 5, SJ, Setoguchi 7 (Thornton), 3:18. 6, SJ, Bernier 4 (Marleau, Rissmiller), 13:59.
1st period - Mitchell, SJ (slashing), 16:12.
2nd period - Sjostrom, PHO (slashing), 6:24; Tjarnqvist, PHO (tripping), 12:22; Bernier, SJ (roughing), 15:16; Bernier, SJ (roughing, 15:16; Carcillo, PHO (roughing), 15:16; Carcillo, PHO (roughing), 15:16.
3rd period - Weller, PHO (unsportsmanlike conduct), :15; Cheechoo, SJ (hooking), 8:47; Pavelski, SJ (holding the stick), 16:04.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 15 15
PHO - Auld 18 15
PHO - Tellqvist 12 9
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 14 8 8 30
PHO 6 6 3 15
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 3
PHO 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau
Steve Bernier
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Brad Meier. Linesmen: Thor Nelson, Lyle Seitz.

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