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Flub in the desert snaps win streak
Sharks look flat in loss
11/9/08 - By Mike Lee

Less than 24 hours after one of their most exciting wins of the season, the Sharks laid an egg in a 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night. San Jose jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then sat back and allowed the Coyotes to rip off 4 unanswered goals at Arena. Brian Boucher made his second consecutive start, allowing 3 goals on 29 shots to lose his 1st game of the season. The loss also snapped the Sharks 7 game winning streak.

The Sharks grabbed the early 1-0 lead 4:15 into the game after Daniel Carcillo was sent off for tripping. Dan Boyle scored his 2nd goal in as many nights with a simple shot from the point. Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov seemed to have a good look at the puck, which may have handcuffed him as it sailed over his left shoulder.

The Sharks would extend that lead 6 minutes later. Ryane Clowe scored his 9th of the season on another Sharks power play thanks to Carcillo, who was guilty of boarding Marcel Goc. Clowe circled around the left dot then wristed a shot to the left corner of the net, using Joe Pavelski as traffic in front of Bryzgalov.

That early buffer was nullified in a 30 second stretch after some lax defense by San Jose.

Bay Area native Viktor Tikhonov, grandson and namesake of the Russian hockey coaching legend, scored his 1st career goal at 12:07 on a pretty spin move from the bottom of the left circle. Centerman Martin Hanzel won the puck near the end boards after Christian Ehrhoff and Douglas Murray tried collapsing deep. Tikhonov grabbed the puck as he skated away from the end boards then did a pirouette before firing the puck toward the Sharks goal. Murray tried the block the shot, but ended up deflecting it with his skate past netminder Brian Boucher.

Olli Jokinen would tie the game 27 seconds later on a partial wraparound after circling around the Sharks net. A Zbynek Michalek shot deflected past Boucher and Jokinen pounced on it. The Coyotes center whipped the puck toward the net, but Boucher's headfirst dive deflected the puck into his own net.

Phoenix grabbed the lead with their 3rd consecutive goal on a deflection by Peter Mueller 2 minutes into the 2nd period. Tomas Plihal put the Sharks down a man with a careless holding the stick penalty and the Coyotes would pounce. Jokinen threw the puck on net, and Mueller got a stick on the shot as is zipped past Boucher.

Plihal had a goal waved off midway through the period after referee Marc Joanette ruled that Sharks forward Jody Shelly interfered with Bryzgalov by pushing Ed Jovanovski into the goaltender.

Devin Setoguchi missed on a golden opportunity a minute into the 3rd period on a centering feed from Joe Thornton after two Coyotes defenders collapsed to cover the big centerman. Setoguchi had the puck in front of the Phoenix net, but Bryzgalov made a poke check to neutralize the situation.

San Jose couldn't generate any quality scoring chances because of the energy Phoenix brought to the final period. Dan Boyle clipped Carcillo with a high stick with just over 2 minutes remaining in the period, drawing a 4 minute penalty for drawing blood.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic ended the drama by taking a bad hooking penalty to give the Coyotes a two-man advantage. Christian Ehrhoff would add a tripping infraction and an unsportsmanlike penalty with a minute to play, but Boucher managed to defend his own goal even though the Coyotes put a series of shots on net from point blank range.

Jokinen would seal it with an empty net goal after Sharks head coach Todd McLellan pulled Boucher.

Game Notes:

Tikhonov's parents were in the house to see his first career NHL goal. Tikhonov's father Vasily was a Sharks assistant coach from 1993 thru 1996.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 0 0 2
PHO 2 1 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Boyle 4 (Clowe, Vlasic), 4:15, (pp). 2, SJ, Clowe 9 (Ehrhoff, Blake), 10:30, (pp). 3, PHO, Tikhonov 1 (Hanzal, Fedoruk), 12:07. 4, PHO, Jokinen 6 (Michalek, Mueller), 12:34.
2nd period - 5, PHO, Mueller 5 (Jokinen), 2:02, (pp).
3rd period - 6, PHO, Jokinen 7 (Doan, Jovanovski), 19:42, (en) (pp).
1st period - Carcillo, PHO (tripping), 3:24; Staubitz, SJ (fighting major), 6:18; Murray, PHO (fighting major), 6:18; Winnik, PHO (high sticking), 6:33; Carcillo, PHO (boarding), 9:45.
2nd period - Plihal, SJ (holding the stick), 1:56; Hale, PHO (interference), 2:43; Shelley, SJ (boarding), 16:21.
3rd period - Carcillo, PHO (closing hand on puck), 7:35; Boyle, SJ (high sticking double minor), 17:54; Vlasic, SJ (hooking), 18:24; Ehrhoff, SJ (tripping), 18:56; Ehrhoff, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:56; Goc, SJ (slashing), 19:56.
Shots Saves
SJ - Boucher 29 26
SJ - empty net 1 0
PHO - Bryzgalov 32 30
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 9 15 32
PHO 8 10 13 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 5
PHO 2 of 7
3 Stars of the Game
Ilya Bryzgalov
Olli Jokinen
Martin Hanzel
Referees: Joannette, Kozari. Linesmen: Arnell, Rody.

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