San Jose at Phoenix

    Coyotes (ss) 2, Sharks 1 (ss) wire reports

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata scored two power-play goals and the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in a split-squad preseason game on Saturday.

    Vrbata scored the winner at 10:41 of the third period. Stationed in the slot, Vrbata took a backhand pass from Ray Whitney and his one-timer beat Thomas Greiss inside the right post from 25 feet.

    Most of the Sharks regulars skipped this trip to take on the Coyotes in a split-squad game at San Jose, including goalie Antti Niemi.

    Skating with a two-man advantage, Phoenix struck late in the first period. Positioned to the right of the net, Vrbata scored his first goal when he converted a pass from Whitney at 18:07 to make it 1-0.

    The Sharks tied it at 1-1 early in the second period when Jaime McGunn poked in a goal-mouth scramble at 2:43.

    Phoenix had its best opportunity to break the tie with just over four minutes remaining in the second period. On the power play, Adrian Aucoin's shot hit off the right post. For the second straight game, Ilya Bryzgalov played the entire game for Phoenix. Greiss played 57:40 for the Sharks.

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    Scoring Summary
    1st Period
    18:07Power Play - Radim Vrbata - Assists: Ray Whitney and Ed Jovanovski
    2nd Period
    2:43Jamie McGinn - Assists: Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic
    3rd Period
    10:41Power Play - Radim Vrbata - Assists: Ray Whitney and David Schlemko
    Penalty Summary
    1st Period
    1:12Eric Belanger: tripping - minor
    3:37Cory Quirk: slashing - minor
    8:42Brett MacLean: goaltender interference - minor
    9:21Jason Demers: hooking - minor
    17:24Scott Nichol: interference - minor
    17:57Mike Moore: tripping - minor
    2nd Period
    :40Maxim Goncharov: tripping - minor
    5:11Jason Demers: boarding - minor
    8:30Matt Beaudoin: interference - minor
    13:14Adrian Aucoin: tripping - minor
    13:36Niclas Wallin: interference - minor
    15:47Kent Huskins: cross-checking - minor
    15:47Scottie Upshall: diving - minor
    19:16Mike Moore: holding - minor
    3rd Period
    2:26Niclas Wallin: hooking - minor
    9:53Cory Quirk: slashing - minor
    12:27Logan Couture: tripping - minor
    16:47Adrian Aucoin: roughing - minor
    Shots on Goal
    San Jose4117-22
    Thomas Greiss58:36282
    Ilya Bryzgalov59:58211
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    Referees - Ghislain Hebert, Dan O'Halloran
    Linesmen - Dan Schachte, Jay Sharrers
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