Postseason picture:

Sharks 3, Coyotes 2 (SO)

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Logan Couture was the lone goal-scorer in the shootout as the San Jose Sharks won a fourth straight game with a 3-2 victory over Phoenix on Saturday night at sold-out HP Pavilion.

San Jose goalie Antti Niemi stopped Steve Sullivan, Radim Vrbata and Mikkel Boedker in the shootout as Phoenix lost for the seventh time in eight games.

San Jose held a 32-27 edge in shots through regulation and each team produced two shots during the scoreless sudden death.

Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic tied the score late with his second goal of the season. He followed his shot behind the net and potted a rebound of a Joe Pavelski drive at 15:00.

The Coyotes scored a tiebreaking goal just 33 seconds after the puck was dropped to start the third period.

Shane Doan drove the right boards and spotted Radim Vrbata filling an open spot in the slot. Sharks defenseman Brent Burns was out of position, opening the passing lane. Forward Tommy Wingels was late trying to cover for Burns as Vrbata beat Antti Niemi from close range for his seventh goal of the season.

The Sharks evened the score midway through the second period, but it took their first power play in three games to get the job done.

Phoenix forward Rob Klinkhammer drew four minutes for high-sticking San Jose defenseman Justin Braun, who was cut on the play. The Sharks managed three shots and hit two posts on the first two minutes of the double-minor before converting early during the second power play.

Pavelski stepped into a Joe Thornton drop pass to the right point and beat Phoenix goalie Jason LaBarbera top shelf at 10:24 for a goal in a fourth straight game and his 11th of the season.

The Coyotes scored the only goal of a face-paced first period during which the Sharks enjoyed a 14-11 edge in shots.

Klinkhammer drove behind the net and fed the puck in front, where teammate Boyd Gordon beat Thornton to the crease and put a backhander over Niemi's left shoulder at 14:43.

The goal ended Niemi's shutout streak at 136:23 spanning consecutive shutouts and to the third period against Anaheim on March 25.

NOTES: Sharks defenseman Jason Demers did not play because of a hit to the jaw he absorbed early against Detroit on Thursday. Burns dropped back on defense after having played the last nine games at forward (scoring five goals and 10 points). ... Rookie defenseman Matt Tennyson didn't arrive in time to play after a cross-country flight from AHL affiliate Worcester. Tennyson is expected to be added to the roster Sunday. ... Forward Adam Burish, a healthy scratch for two games, took Burns' spot at right wing on San Jose's top line. ... Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle appeared in his 400th NHL game. ... Coyotes No. 1 goalie Mike Smith (upper body) remained on injured reserve. ... Center Michal Handzus was San Jose's lone healthy scratch. Forwards Paul Bissonette and Lauri Korpikoski, nursing an upper-body injury, did not dress for Phoenix.
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