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San Jose at Phoenix

Marleau adds two more goals to reach 31 as Sharks defeat Coyotes

CBSSports.com wire reports
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Even when he's only on the forecheck, Patrick Marleau can't help but score.

Marleau scored two more goals to stay ahead of the NHL with 31 and added an assist to help lead the San Jose Sharks past the slumping Phoenix Coyotes 3-1 Tuesday.

Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera went behind his own net to stop the puck for a defenseman only to watch the puck spin off his blade and drift into the crease. Marleau won the race to the puck, tapping it in at 11:24 of the first for a short-handed goal.

"On the penalty kill you're trying to get pressure up front," Marleau said. "I knew [Rob] Blake got it down low and I was just trying to get a good chase on it and saw the puck bounce out. I'll take those. I'll take them all night."

Marleau added a power-play goal at 18:06, barely touching a rolling puck originally shot by Dan Boyle from the left point.

"There was a tip and a tip and I just got enough of my stick on it," Marleau said.

Dany Heatley scored his 27th goal and Joe Thornton added his league-leading 49th assist for the Sharks, who won their second straight and third in a row over the Coyotes.

In addition to scoring the short-handed goal, the Sharks killed off all seven Phoenix power-plays.

"The significance is we've played three games in four nights, they were rested and we took some penalties and were able to get by," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. "Our penalty kill gives us a chance to win every night."

The Coyotes, who had pulled within three points of the Sharks for the Pacific Division lead two weeks ago lost for the fifth time in six games (1-3-2) to fall 10 points behind San Jose. Phoenix has lost three straight for the first time this season.

"We're not in rhythm right now," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "There are some mistakes going against us and like we've talked about since the start of the year our margin for error is very slim on most nights."

Phoenix has lost three straight for the first time this season.

"The last few games we've kind of dropped the ball and we have to be a lot better than what we've showed on the last couple," said Coyotes captain Shane Doan. "It's hard. If you could put your finger on it you'd change it but it's probably a little bit of everything."

Heatley made it 3-0 at 12:49 of the second, scoring on a rebound of his own shot as he was knocked off his skates at the top of the Phoenix crease.

Radim Vrbata cut the lead to 3-1 with 8:10 remaining when he shot from the outside hashes of the left faceoff circle went off Evgeni Nabakov and into the net for his 14th goal.

Notes

  • Phoenix has dropped four straight at home -- two in regulation -- since winning a franchise-record 10 straight games at Jobing.com Arena.
  • Marleau has six goals in his last five games.
  • The Coyotes were without defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who was suspended two games by the league for elbowing John Tavares in the chin Saturday night.
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Patrick Marleau has scored two goals or more in eight games to this point of the season. (Getty Images)
Patrick Marleau has scored two goals or more in eight games to this point of the season. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
San Jose  (29-10-7) «2103
Phoenix (26-16-5)0011
Three Stars
E. Nabokov
SJ


Saves: 32
Save Pct.: .970
P. Marleau
SJ


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
D. Heatley
SJ


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
11:24Short - Patrick Marleau (30), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
18:06Power Play - Patrick Marleau (31), Tip-In. Assist: Heatley, Boyle
2ND PERIOD
12:49Dany Heatley (27), Wrap Shot. Assist: Thornton, Marleau
3RD PERIOD
11:50Radim Vrbata (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lepisto, Prucha
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
50.0Clowe, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
07:18Boyle, 2 min, Hooking
11:14Shelley, 2 min, Hooking
17:40Vandermeer, 2 min, Cross-Checking
2ND PERIOD
05:54Michalek, 2 min, Cross-Checking
08:22Leach, 2 min, Cross-Checking
15:00Thornton, 2 min, Boarding
16:35Blake, 2 min, Elbowing
16:48Upshall, 2 min, Roughing
18:16Doan, 2 min, Tripping
18:16Boyle, 2 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
04:23Thornton, 2 min, Tripping
09:00Doan, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
San Jose1212832
Phoenix1313733
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Evgeni Nabokov60:00321
Jason LaBarbera58:32293
Game Information
Attendance - 9248
Referees - Frederick L'Ecuyer, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Brad Lazarowich
 
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NYR 0
Ott 1 Final
Atl 6
Nash 5 Final
Edm 3
Colu 1 Final
StL 4
Det 0 Final
NYI 6
Wash 4 Final
TB 7
Car 4 Final
Tor 2
Dal 3 Final
Phi 6