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Sharks dogged in the desert
Nabokov looks shakey in return
1/15/08 - by Mike Lee

The Sharks extended another road streak on Tuesday night, although not the kind they had preferred, losing 5-3 to the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona. Shane Doan scored two goals and added an assist in a dismantling of Evgeni Nabokov, who returned to the crease after sitting against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

Doan, Ed Jovanovski and Peter Mueller combined for 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists), including the capper 7 minutes into the 3rd period.

Nabokov looked out of kilter most of the evening, letting 4 pucks past him that were typically stopped.

Things started well for San Jose, but every time they scored the Coyotes would answer. Jonathan Cheechoo opened the games scoring with his 6th goal of the season. Cheechoo cleaned up on a Joe Pavelski shot that started with a mad rush in front of the Phoenix net.

Doan would counter with his first goal of the night 3 minutes later. Play opened up as the Sharks tried to counter on a Coyotes line change, that ended up with an odd-man rush headed the other way. Mueller put a shot on goal that Nabokov couldn't control, giving up a big rebound. Doan followed the play, banging in a 40 foot shot that sailed past the Sharks goaltender.

Joe Thornton put the Sharks up 2-1 with 1:12 left in the opening period on a power play chance. Matt Carle setup the goal with a spin-o-rama pass from the high slot. Thornton one-timed Carle's pass from the right dot for his 14th of the season.

Nabokov's bad night turned worse just 39 seconds into the 2nd period. Jovanovski gathered a Doan pass near the right point before side stepping a Sharks defender then uncorking a 40-foot shot that beat Nabokov to the glove side.

The Coyotes capitalized on a bad bounce that ended up in the Sharks net midway through the period. Mathias Tjarnqvist threw a puck on goal from the left wing, pin-balling it off Nabokov back into the slot. Unfortunately, Carle was skating toward the Sharks goal in an attempt to steer Mikael Tellqvist away from the net, but the puck hit Carle in the skate, redirecting into the net.

Curtis Brown tied the game at 3-3 with 36 seconds left in the period on a deflection off his skate. Joe Pavelski bounced a shot of Byzgalov that kicked out into the slot where a streaking Brown chipped it in with his skate as he was braking toward the goal.

Nabokov let in a softie just 49 seconds into the 3rd period to allow the Coyotes to grab the lead back. Joel Perrault put a shot on goal from the right boards that Nabokov had to dive to stop. The puck kicked back out to Perrault, but Nabokov had a tough time getting to his feet, which allowed the Coyotes forward to put it on net unobstructed.

Phoenix pushed their lead to 2 goals 6 minutes later on a Doan goal that could have easily bee avoided. Jovanovski pumped a shot from the blueline, again forcing a big rebound on Nabokov. As the puck trickled into the slot, three Sharks defenders allowed Doan to grab the rebound and sweep his 14th goal of the season into a wide open Sharks net.

Game Notes:

After his slew of gaffs on Sunday versus the Anaheim Ducks, defenseman Alexei Semanov found himself back in the press box. Marcel Goc was also a scratch for San Jose.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 0 3
PHO 1 2 2 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Cheechoo 6 (Pavelski, Ehrhoff), 4:42. 2, PHO, Doan 13 (Mueller, Jovanovski), 7:43. 3, SJ, Thornton 14 (Carle, Marleau), 18:48, (pp).
2nd period - 4, PHO, Jovanovski 5 (Doan, Mueller), 0:39, (pp). 5, PHO, Tjarnqvist 2 (unassisted), 12:26. 6, SJ, Brown 1 (Pavelski, Thornton), 19:24.
3rd period - 7, PHO, Perrault 5 (Mueller, Jovanovski), 0:49. 8, PHO, Doan 14 (Perrault, Mueller), 6:48.
1st period - Zigomanis, PHO (hooking), 11:55; Davison, SJ (interference), 15:03; Perrault, PHO (hooking), 18:20; Cheechoo, SJ (high sticking), 20:00.
2nd period - Bernier, SJ (hooking), 2:35; Weller, PHO (tripping), 13:24; Brown, SJ (hooking), 17:13.
3rd period - Michalek, PHO (hooking), 13:32.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 28 23
PHO - Bryzgalov 24 21
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 5 12 7 24
PHO 10 10 8 28
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
SJ 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Shane Doan
Ed Jovanovski
Peter Mueller
Referees: Brian Pocmara, Tim Peel. Linesmen: Mark Wheler, Jay Sharrers.

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