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Sharks beat Coyotes 4-3 in shootout

  • Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) takes a shot in front of Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris (53) in the first period. (RICK SCUTERI / Associated Press)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Between a three-day layoff and a quirk in the schedule, the San Jose Sharks were concerned about getting off to a slow start.

They did, yet still found a way to pull out a road victory, something that had been hard to come by recently.

Patrick Marleau scored in regulation and in the shootout, Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist, and the Sharks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 on Friday night.

“They had a little more jump and much better execution than we did early in the game, in fact off the opening faceoff,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “But I was pleased with the way our guys stuck with it and fought through it.”

San Jose had to fly out Friday morning because the new NHL labor agreement requires teams to take three full days off for the holiday break.

The Sharks were flat early, and the Coyotes jumped on them, creating numerous good scoring chances in the first period to go up 1-0.

The Sharks found their rhythm after they fought back.

In regulation, Brent Burns had a goal and an assist, and Joe Thornton had two assists.

Once San Jose hit the shootout, Logan Couture and Marleau scored, and Antti Niemi stopped Radim Vrbata and Oliver Ekman-Larsson for the Sharks' second win in their past seven road games.

“It's been tough for us on the road, so for us to go out and get the two points was nice,” Marleau said.

The Coyotes were much better in their own end than previously against the Sharks, allowing 28 shots in regulation after giving up 101 combined in a pair of games in San Jose earlier this season.

Phoenix pulled out a victory in one of those first two games, but couldn't earn the extra point Friday after struggling in the shootout.

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