Phoenix at San Jose

Sharks blank Coyotes; two goals each for Thornton, Setoguchi wire reports

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Evgeni Nabokov set another Sharks record without even knowing it. Truth is, he already owns most of San Jose's goaltending marks anyway.

Joe Thornton and Devin Setoguchi scored two goals each and the Sharks beat Phoenix 5-0 on Monday night, their second victory against the Coyotes in three days.

"We are getting great goaltending with Nabby," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "He made some big saves. He was there all night and made all the saves that mattered."

Mike Grier also scored and Nabokov, who started his franchise-best 25th game in succession, stopped 25 shots for his second shutout as the Sharks earned back-to-back home victories for the first time this season. They beat the Coyotes 4-1 at the Shark Tank on Saturday night.

"The points are more important right now," Nabokov said. "All those other things are good when I'm 50 and it will be nice to remember."

Mikael Tellqvist stopped an early penalty shot but had trouble the rest of way. His three-game winning streak was snapped and Phoenix went on its first road losing skid this season.

"Nabokov's pretty strong, so from an individual point of view if we don't play at our best as a team, it's tough because they've got a lot of good players," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "When the game got physical, their big players rose to the occasion and scored some big goals for them and that was the difference in the hockey game."

The Coyotes will play host to the Sharks on Thursday.

"Now we go on the road and we need to keep our confidence," Thornton said. "We have to keep fighting for pucks and shots."

This one became heated early when Shane Doan hit Milan Michalek during the first shift, sending him to the locker room with a strained left elbow.

Steve Bernier got into it with Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris soon after and both teams appeared to play with added fire throughout the game.

"These are two competitive teams and both of us were playing hard," Sharks center Torrey Mitchell said. "When it gets like that, things can get chippy."

Joe Pavelski was chopped to the ice on a breakaway midway through the first period and was awarded his first NHL penalty shot. Tellqvist stopped the attempt down low.

"It's all a learning process and our emotions got a little bit high," Gretzky said. "They're one of the better teams in the Western Conference, they've got a lot of depth and it makes you grow up in a real hurry, so it makes us a better team."

The Sharks took a 1-0 lead when Grier scored a short-handed goal with 1:36 left in the opening frame. Grier dug the puck out of the corner and flipped it to Mitchell, who skated down the ice and drew a defender to him before passing back to Grier.

Thornton followed a rebound and, with Tellqvist on the ice, made it 2-0 with 1:09 left in the second period.

Setoguchi took advantage of a bad pass from Keith Ballard in front of the net for an easy short-handed goal 4:06 into the third period. He scored again with 4:48 remaining.

"I was pressuring the guy in front of the net and he sort of bobbled it," Setoguchi said. "I took it from him and just shot it. We put it together, and if we do that every night for 60 minutes it's dangerous how effective we can be."

Thornton closed the scoring with a power-play goal at 16:33.

"When they're playing well it's tough to play the same team three times when they're beating you," Doan said. "But you definitely want to get back on that horse and try again."


  • Thornton has four goals and six assists in nine games.
  • The last time the Coyotes franchise played three consecutive games against the same opponent was when the Winnipeg Jets faced Vancouver for a trio of games in March 1983.
  • Tampa resident Steve Williamson was in attendance as part of his 30 games in 30 days trip, receiving a few gifts from the Sharks and appearing on local radio.
  • Sharks C Jeremy Roenick was chosen as the NHL's third star of last week.
  • The Coyotes have yet to win when trailing after any period.
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The Coyotes' Mike Zigomanis (15) and the Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic battle for the puck.  (AP)
The Coyotes' Mike Zigomanis (15) and the Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic battle for the puck. (AP)
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T. Mitchell

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
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Saves: 25
Save Pct.: 1.000
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Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
18:24Short - Mike Grier (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Torrey Mitchell
18:51Joe Thornton (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Patrick Marleau, Curtis Brown
04:06Devin Setoguchi (4), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
15:12Devin Setoguchi (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jonathan Cheechoo, Joe Thornton
16:33Power Play - Joe Thornton (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Sandis Ozolinsh, Patrick Marleau
Penalty Summary
03:50Bernier, 5 min, Fighting
03:50Morris, 5 min, Fighting
03:50Morris, 2 min, Instigator
03:50Morris, 10 min, Misconduct
14:38Jovanovski, 2 min, Slashing
14:38Ehrhoff, 2 min, Roughing
17:49Ehrhoff, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
19:43Mitchell, 2 min, Interference
03:54Winnik, 2 min, Hooking
19:48Mitchell, 2 min, Roughing
11:14McLaren, 2 min, Tripping
15:50Boynton, 5 min, Fighting
15:50Bernier, 5 min, Fighting
15:50Boynton, 2 min, Instigator
15:50Boynton, 10 min, Misconduct
15:50Bernier, 10 min, Misconduct
15:50Doan, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
San Jose871328
Mikael Tellqvist60:00235
Evgeni Nabokov59:47250
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