NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at San Jose|
(Saturday, February 9th)
Final Score: Phoenix 1, San Jose 0 (SO)
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Mikkel Boedker scored the winner in the
shootout as the Phoenix Coyotes clipped the San Jose Sharks, 1-0, on Saturday.
After Michal Handzus was stopped by Mike Smith, Boedker skated in on net and
faked to the backhand before lifting it over a sprawled-out Antti Niemi.
Smith then kept out James Sheppard's wrister before Radim Vrbata sealed the
win by beating Niemi with the same fake and shot as Boedker.
Smith made 33 saves to post his second shutout of the season and 21st of his
career for the Coyotes, who have won three of their last four games.
Niemi made 21 stops for his 20th career shutout and first of the season for
the Sharks, who have dropped four straight after opening the season with seven
Smith made 15 saves in the first two periods before turning aside 15 in the
third and three in overtime.
Niemi's busiest period was the first when he made nine stops as the San Jose
defense limited Phoenix to just 12 shots the rest of the way.
San Jose starts a six-game road trip in Columbus on Monday ... Phoenix plays
in Colorado on Monday ... San Jose took a 5-3 win over Phoenix on Jan. 24
after dropping four of six last season ... Phoenix went scoreless on three
power plays while San Jose failed to score on four.
02/09 18:54:40 ET