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Thornton's OT winner downs dogs
Slow start, big finish for SJ
9/30/08 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks overcame a sluggish start and overcame a 3rd period deficit to beat the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night at HP Pavilion. Joe Thornton scored an overtime goal to help the Sharks snap a two-game pre-season losing streak. Thornton and Captain Patrick Marleau would each finish the evening with a goal and two assists to pace the Sharks.

Olli Jokinen was a one man wrecking crew for the Coyotes in the 1st period. The new Phoenix acquisition assisted on a Alex Bourret goal early in the contest with a setup pass in front of Evgeni Nabokov.

Jokinen would take advantage of a misque by Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic who lost an edge and the puck. The Coyotes would race up ice on an odd-man rush before Jokinen cranked shot past Nabokov.

The Sharks finally got on the board 2:39 into the 2nd period on a Tomas Plihal goal. Jeremy Roenick created the chance with a nice pass between a Coyote defender's skates to Plihal in front of the net. The Sharks farmhand then slipped the puck past Phoenix goaltender Al Montoya.

Montoya would finish the evening with 31 saves.

San Jose outshot the Coyotes 15-2 in the period, but only had the lone Plihal goal to show for it. San Jose would pepper Montoya, but failed to convert even though they had two power play chances late in the period.

Patrick Marleau knotted the game at 2-2 early in the 3rd period, on a backhand shot that lifted past Montoya.

Garth Murray would put the Coyotes back on top after a wild flurry in front of the Sharks net mid way through the period. Michael Zigomanis and Derek Morris exchanged shot in tight, before Murray redirected a deflection past Nabokov.

San Jose would counter a 1:13 later on a Devin Setoguchi tally on a setup from Joe Thornton. Marleau started the tic-tac-toe exchange in front of Montoya, which ended with Setoguchi's 1st goal of the pre-season.

A David Hale delay of game penalty would put the Sharks on the power play seconds after the Setoguchi goal, but San Jose would fail to convert. San Jose went 0-for-5 on the man advantage.

An Enver Lisin backhand attempt rang off the crossbar with just over a minute left in regulation, to preserve the tie.

Thornton would end it in the overtime period 3:03 in on a shot from the high slot that clanked off the bottom of the crossbar and into the goal. Marleau setup the goal with a touch pass that Thornton gathered along the right wing boards, before cutting back to the slot and ripping the game winner.


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1 2 3 OT T
PHO 2 0 1 0 3
SJ 0 1 3 1 4
1st period - 1, PHO, Bourret 1 (Jokinen, Boedker), 5:41. 2, PHO, Jokinen 1 (Yandle, Boedker), 16:59.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Plihal 1 (Roenick, Shelley), 2:39.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Marleau 2 (Thornton, Setoguchi), 1:35. 5, PHO, Murray 2 (Morris, Zigomanis), 10:24. 6, SJ, Setoguchi 1 (Thornton, Marleau), 11:37.
Overtime - 7, SJ, Thornton 1 (Marleau, Vlasic), 3:03.
1st period - Clowe, SJ (hooking), 2:23; Porter, PHO (hooking), 9:26; Fedoruk, PHO (roughing), 15:27; Grier, SJ (roughing), 15:27; Morris, PHO (hooking), 15:43; Marleau, SJ (interference), 16:35.
2nd period - Goc, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:41; Reinprecht, PHO (hooking), 15:28; Hale, PHO (high sticking), 17:52.
3rd period - Plihal, SJ (hooking), 2:41; Hale, PHO (delay of game - puck over glass), 13:33.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
PHO - Montoya 35 31
SJ - Nabokov 17 14
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
PHO 6 2 8 1 17
SJ 12 15 7 1 35
Power Play Conversion
PHO 0 of 4
SJ 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Thornton
Patrick Marleau
Olli Jokinen
Referees: Kowall, Martell. Linesmen: Driscoll, Henderson.

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