SAN JOSE, Calif. – Lauri Korpikoski scored a shootout goal to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 1-0 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.
The goalkeepers – Sharks Evgeni Nabokov and Coyotes Ilya Bryzgalov – were the stars of the game, keeping the opposition off the scoreboard when the puck was put on the net.
Nabokov and Bryzgalov each made several remarkable saves to keep the game scoreless. Nabokov made 30 saves while Bryzgalov had 26 saves to send it to the shootout.
Peter Mueller gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead in the shootout and Dan Boyle responded with a goal to set up Korpikoski’s game winner.
Bryzgalov recorded his second shutout of the season and 10th of his career.
Joe Thornton had two nice shots on goal during overtime, but each time Bryzgalov was up to the task.
Adrian Aucoin had the best chance for the Coyotes from just inside the blue line, but Nabaokov made a nice glove save.
The Sharks outshot Phoenix 10-7 in the first period but the Coyotes reversed that in the second period with an 11-5 advanatge in shots.
It didn’t seem to matter how many shots either team took, the game belonged to the goalies.
The defencemen from each side also helped out, as the teams combined for 36 blocked shots.
NOTES: Sharks C Steve Zalewski made his NHL debut after being recalled earlier in the day. He was credited with a takeaway in the first period. … Coyotes D Kurt Sauer missed his fourth game with an upper body injury. … The Coyotes are 0-for-11 on power plays over their last two games. … The Sharks are 1-for-13 on power plays in their last three games.