Couture lifts Sharks past Coyotes in SO

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Updated: March 31, 2013

Logan Couture scored in the first round of the
shootout to lift the San Jose Sharks over the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2, on
Saturday.

Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have won four in a
row and sit sixth in the Western Conference. Marc-Edouard Vlasic also lit the
lamp.

Antti Niemi, who came into the game with two straight shutouts, made 27 saves
for the victors.

Radim Vrbata and Boyd Gordon scored for the Coyotes, who are two points behind
the St. Louis Blues for eighth place in the West. Jason LaBarbera stopped 32-
of-34 shots.

“It was a close game. I liked the way we competed tonight,” Coyotes coach Dave
Tippett said.

Gordon gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead at the 14:43 mark of the first period. Rob
Klinkhammer controlled the puck behind the net before making his way to the
bottom of the left circle. Klinkhammer’s shot left a rebound for Gordon.

Pavelski’s power-play goal at the 10:24 mark of the middle stanza made it 1-1.
His slap shot from the right point got past LaBarbera.

“When you’re in a little stretch like this you’re just trying to remind
yourself to shoot the puck, and that’s been a big part,” said Pavelski, who
has scored a goal in four straight games. “It’s been a simple game. We’ve
gotten a lot of pucks in deep. We got some good looks tonight. We got some
really good looks.”

Phoenix went back in front just 33 seconds into the third period. Vrbata
knocked home his own rebound following a shot from the slot.

Vlasic tied the game with five minutes left in regulation. He jammed home a
rebound off Pavelski’s shot from along the goal line.

Each team took two shots in overtime. Niemi stopped Steve Sullivan, Vrbata and
Mikkel Boedker in the shootout.

Game Notes

San Jose leads the season series, 2-1 … Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski
(upper body) missed his third straight game … San Jose was without
defenseman Jason Demers (undisclosed).