Vermette scores winner in SO as Coyotes down Sharks

Updated: November 3, 2013

San Jose, CA ( – Antoine Vermette scored the game-winner in
the shootout to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks
on Saturday.

Vermette, who also had a goal in regulation, looped to the left before cutting
back across the front of the net and sneaking the puck past Sharks goalie
Antti Niemi.

Mikkel Boedker also scored for the Coyotes, winners in four straight and six
of their last seven tilts overall. Mike Smith made 48 saves in the win.

“He made some key saves and was an important part of our win tonight,”
Vermette said.

Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle scored one goal apiece for the Sharks, losers in
two straight for the first time this season.

Boyle had missed the past six games after suffering a concussion on Oct. 15.

“I didn’t feel like my normal self out there, but that is to be expected. I
was half a step behind, I wasn’t skating quite how I’d like, and my decision
making was a bit slow,” said Boyle.

Boyle’s power play marker 5:10 into the second gave San Jose a 2-1 lead, but
Boedker tied the game 3:47 later.

After a scoreless third, the Coyotes had several opportunities to tie the game
in the bonus frame, but Niemi and the Sharks defense were able to hold off the
late barrage to force the shootout.

Despite taking 50 shots in regulation, the Sharks were held with out a shot on
goal in overtime.

Logan Couture got Phoenix on the board in the shootout after beating Smith
over his right shoulder. Smith, however, stopped the next four shooters before
Vermette’s back-hander through Niemi’s five-hole.

Vermette scored just 36 seconds in after one-timing a pass from Rob

Pavelski’s sixth goal of the season tied the game just 1:16 into the second.

Game Notes

The Coyotes are 1-1 in shootouts this season … The Coyotes will host the
Canucks on Tuesday … The Sharks have recorded at least 50 shots three times
this season … San Jose will host Buffalo on Tuesday.