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Sloppy start and PK doom Sharks
SJ comes back from 3-0 deficit, but still loses
3/17/09 - By Mike Lee -

Slow start would have been an understatement on Tuesday night. The Sharks took one on the chin in the opening period of their game in Phoenix, surrendering 3 goals, before battling back to tie the game in the 3rd period. That comeback would go by the way side when an interference penalty to Jonathan Cheechoo in the last 33 seconds of the game, gave the Coyotes the crack they need to finish what they started in a 4-3 win over San Jose at Arena.

It wasn’t the start anyone was looking for. It was the opening period anyone was looking for. A soft goal in the opening minute and two power play goals had the Sharks facing a 3-0 deficit after the opening 20 minutes.

Shane Doan fired in a shot from outside the blueline that Nabokov tried gloving, but the puck deflected straight up into the air. Nabokov lost sight of it, but Kyle Turris crashed the net and jammed it in for the lead 21 seconds into the game.

An Alexei Semenov holding penalty put the Coyotes on the power play at 13:32, the Coyotes would capitalize. Once again Turris took advantage of a Doan feed, although his shot took a fortuitous bounce after it hit defenseman Dan Boyle’s stick and redirected into the wide open net.

Dan Boyle went down late in the period after a Daniel Winnik check sent the Sharks defenseman face first into the glass. Rob Blake tried sending a message by engaging Winnik on the next shift, but it turned into more of a disrobing than a fight.

Patrick Marleau would take an interference penalty in the offensive zone with 47 seconds late in the period and the coyotes would make the Sharks pay once again.

Dmitri Kalinin would convert on the power play with 16 seconds left in the period to put the Coyotes up 3-0. The Phoenix defenseman took a pass through the slot from Kyle turris, then snapped a shot that beat Nabokov to the stick side.

Todd McLellan tried shaking his roster up by pulling Nabokov to start the 2nd period.

Things turned physical with several fights breaking out in the period. Jody Shelley and Brian McGrattan would lock horns, then Brad Staubitz and Brandon Prust would engage a minute later.

A Martin Yandle slashing penalty put the Sharks on the power play and San Jose would finally beat Ilya Bryzgalov. Joe Thornton scored his 21st goal of the season after taking a Jonathan Cheechoo feed, then circling around the net and lifting a shot past the Coyotes goaltender.

San Jose came out firing to start the 3rd period. Their forecheck established some pressure deep in the Coyotes end, resulting in a flurry of shots on Bryzgalov. Rob Blake sent a puck in from the right circle, but a Coyotes defender blocked the shot. The puck deflected across the slot to Thornton, who sent a backhander into the Phoenix net. Bryzgalov was caught out of position, and Zbynek Michalek attempted to block the shot by squatting on the goal line, but Thornton’s shot slipped through to cut the Coyotes lead to a single goal.

Martin Hanzel had a chance to push the Phoenix cushion back to 2-goals with a breakaway attempt with 13:35, but Boucher made the save.

Thornton setup the equalizer by grabbing a Rob Blake rebound in front of the right post, then sending a blind backhand pass back into the slot where Patrick Marleau was there to deposit his 36th goal of the season.

Jonathan Cheechoo was called for interference with 33 ticks left in the 3rd period, and the call would erase the comeback in a flash.

Shane Doan would grab the faceoff in the right corner then carry the puck in on net and backhand a shot under Boucher’s pad as he cut across the slot from right to left. It took all of 7 seconds to wipe out one of the better comebacks of the season.

Game Notes:

Christian Ehrhoff was scratched again after it was revealed that he suffered a lower body injury on Saturday in the Sharks 2-1 shootout win over Los Angeles. Ehrhoff was given a clean bill of health on Tuesday but he hasn’t skated since Saturday, so he was given his second consecutive game off.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 2 3
PHO 3 0 1 4
1st period - 1, PHO, Turris 7 (Doan, Mueller), 0:21. 2, PHO, Turris 8 (Doan, Kalinin), 15:21, (pp). 3, PHO, Kalinin 2 (Turris, Doan), 19:44, (pp).
2nd period - 4, SJ, Thornton 21 (Cheechoo, Blake), 8:01, (pp).
3rd period - 5, SJ, Thornton 22 (Blake, Moen), 4:05. 6, SJ, Marleau 36 (Thornton, Blake), 8:20. 7, PHO, Doan 26 (Turris, Upshall), 19:33, (pp).
1st period - Semenov, SJ (holding), 13:32; Blake, SJ (fighting major), 18:09; Marleau, SJ (interference), 19:13.
2nd period - Murray, SJ (tripping), 2:13; Kalinin, PHO (interference), 3:16; Shelley, SJ (fighting major), 5:24; McGrattan, PHO (fighting major), 5:24; Staubitz, SJ (fighting major), 6:42; Prust, PHO (fighting major), 6:42; Yandle, PHO (slashing), 7:50; Klee, PHO (tripping), 19:29.
3rd period - Cheechoo, SJ (interference), 19:27.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 9 6
SJ - Boucher 11 10
PHO - Bryzgalov 36 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 10 9 17 36
PHO 9 6 5 20
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
PHO 3 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Shane Doan
Kyle Turris
Joe Thornton
Referees: Hasenfratz, Pochmara. Linesmen: Cameron, Heyer.

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