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Jokinen powers Coyotes past Sharks

Nov 10, 2008 - 5:14 AM GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Once again, the Phoenix Coyotes received support from both their veteran leader and budding stars.

Olli Jokinen scored two goals and Peter Mueller added a power-play tally as the Coyotes snapped the San Jose Sharks' seven-game win streak with a 4-2 triumph on Sunday.

The 28th overall pick in June's draft, Viktor Tikhonov recorded his first career goal and Jokinen followed with his first of the game 27 seconds later midway through the first period. Jokinen, who had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win against the Florida Panthers on Saturday, added an empty-net goal with the man advantage with 18 seconds remaining in the third to seal the win.

"I think it is a unique group and we know those young guys are good and solid," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "They are only going to get better, but there is a good core of veteran players who have taken these guys under their wing - so it is a nice mix.

"The intriguing part is we know that we are going to be better a week from now, two months from now because this team is going to get better and it is really fun to be around."

Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 30 shots - including 15 in the final session - in his sixth consecutive start to help Phoenix notch its second straight victory.

"In order to be competitive, you have to have outstanding goaltending and we have been getting first-rate goaltending, as good as anyone in the league right now," Gretzky said. "(Bryzgalov) is making big saves; key saves right now."

Defenseman Dan Boyle and Ryane Clowe each scored power-play goals in the first, but the Sharks were silenced in the final 40 minutes as they lost for the first time since October 24.

"We turned the puck over in our own zone that gave them some life then the very next shift," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We didn't respond and gave the puck up again. We were on our heels and it took a while to get back into it; too little too late."

After the Sharks gained a 2-0 lead, the Coyotes netted four unanswered goals en route posting their third win in their last four games.

"I don't know if we came into the game and were pacing ourselves for the third period, but there was more left in the tank than we gave in the first two periods," McLellan said. "We weren't up for the game tonight and I think the final score showed."

Tikhonov cut their deficit to one with 7:53 remaining in the first and Jokinen forged a tie with his sixth goal of the season. Stationed on the right doorstep, Jokinen took a rebound and skated around the net before lifting a backhander over a sprawling Brian Boucher.

"For us beating them, it is a huge moral boost," Tikhonov said. "We know that every game you have to go hard and to the end. So we knew we had to go to the forecheck and the defense late. We came back and didn't panic early."

Starting his second straight game for the injured Evgeni Nabokov, Boucher made 26 saves.

"I thought we had let down after we got it to 2-0," Boucher said. "We got a little casual there and it ended up costing us. They were really hungry we should have put the pedal down and we didn't."

He was exposed again, though, as Mueller gave the Coyotes a lead they would not relinquish two minutes into the second, firing a wrister from the slot in the midst of traffic.

"We have been talking all week about getting bodies to the net and, as you can see, there were about four or five goals there and the goalie never saw it," Mueller said.

Phoenix received some help with a four-minute high-sticking penalty on Boyle with 2:06 remaining and a hooking call against Marc-Edouard Vlasic just 30 seconds later, leaving the Sharks shorthanded in the final minutes leading up to Jokinen's second scoring strike of the game.

"They are a team that brings a good work ethic and they have some good young players," Boucher said. "Adding Jokinen to the team has made them more dangerous, so we have a ton of respect for them."

The Sharks were also without right wing Jonathan Cheechoo, who missed his second straight game with a lingering upper-body injury.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 2 0 0 2
    PHOENIX 2 1 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) DAN BOYLE 4 (RYANE CLOWE, MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC)
    4:15
    SAN - (PP) RYANE CLOWE 9 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, ROB BLAKE)
    10:30
    PHO - VIKTOR TIKHONOV 1 (MARTIN HANZAL, TODD FEDORUK) 12:07
    PHO - OLLI JOKINEN 6 (ZBYNEK M

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    SAN JOSE 2
    PHOENIX 4
    3RD PRD: PHO - (PP) (EN) OLLI JOKINEN 7 (SHANE DOAN, ED JOVANOVSKI)
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 2 0 2
    PHOENIX 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) DAN BOYLE 4 (RYANE CLOWE, MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC)
    4:15
    SAN - (PP) RYANE CLOWE 9 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, ROB BLAKE)
    10:30
    PHO - VIKTOR TIKHONOV 1 (MARTIN HANZAL, TODD FEDORUK) 12:07
    PHO - OLLI JOKINE

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    SAN JOSE 2
    PHOENIX 3
    2ND PRD: PHO - (PP) PETER MUELLER 5 (OLLI JOKINEN) 2:02

    Sharks 2, Coyotes 3  2nd - 17:58Nov 9 9:06 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 2 2
    PHOENIX 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) DAN BOYLE 4 (RYANE CLOWE, MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC)
    4:15
    SAN - (PP) RYANE CLOWE 9 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, ROB BLAKE)
    10:30
    PHO - VIKTOR TIKHONOV 1 (MARTIN HANZAL, TODD FEDORUK) 12:07
    PHO - OLLI JOKINE

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    SAN JOSE 2
    PHOENIX 2
    1ST PRD: PHO - OLLI JOKINEN 6 (ZBYNEK MICHALEK, PETER MUELLER) 12:34

    Sharks 2, Coyotes 2  1st - 7:26Nov 9 8:32 PM


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    SAN JOSE 2
    PHOENIX 1
    1ST PRD: PHO - VIKTOR TIKHONOV 1 (MARTIN HANZAL, TODD FEDORUK) 12:07

    Sharks 2, Coyotes 1  1st - 7:53Nov 9 8:31 PM


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    SAN JOSE 2
    PHOENIX 0
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) RYANE CLOWE 9 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, ROB BLAKE) 10:30

    Sharks 2, Coyotes 0  1st - 9:30Nov 9 8:27 PM


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    SAN JOSE 1
    PHOENIX 0
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) DAN BOYLE 4 (RYANE CLOWE, MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC)
    4:15

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    Sharks 0, Coyotes 0  1st - 19:55Nov 9 8:09 PM
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