NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Phoenix|
(Wednesday, April 24th)
Final Score: Phoenix 2, San Jose 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Keith Yandle scored the deciding goal late in
the first period and Mike Smith stopped 33 shots, as Phoenix squeaked by San
Jose, 2-1, on Wednesday.
Michael Stone recorded the other score for the Coyotes, who won for the second
time in their last six games.
"We came out, played hard and played to win," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett
Brent Burns notched the lone score and Thomas Greiss made 30 saves for the
Sharks, who have lost two of three.
With a regulation loss, San Jose remained tied with Los Angeles -- which lost
to the Red Wings earlier on Wednesday -- for the fourth spot in the West. San
Jose plays the Kings in both clubs' season finale on Saturday.
Yandle doubled the hosts' advantage late in a power play with 2:08 left in the
period on a one-timer from the right point.
A Burns wrister halved San Jose's deficit with 3 1/2 minutes gone in the
second, but that was all Smith allowed.
Greiss was pulled for an extra attacker in the final 90 seconds remaining, and
Mikkel Boedker narrowly missed an empty-net tally moments later when his try
from the left-wing boards skidded through the crease inches from
the goal line.
As time ticked away, Smith attempted to clear the puck up the middle, but it
never left the zone, and he was forced to make saves on Burns and Dan Boyle in
rapid succession before the buzzer sounded.
"I liked the effort," Boyle said. "We had a lot of chances."
Stone's blast gave the Coyotes a 1-0 edge with just over eight minutes
remaining in the first. Shane Doan won a battle along the left-wing boards and
dished back to Radim Vrbata at the point. He, in turn, found Stone on the
right wing for a successful slapper from the right circle.
San Jose won three of five in the season series, but Phoenix won its first
home game against the Sharks since a 2-0 decision on March 29, 2012 ... Doan's
two assists were his most in one game this year.
04/25 01:45:52 ET