Phoenix Coyotes\' Patrick O\'Sullivan (18) reaches for the puck after being tripped up by San Jose Sharks\' Andrew Murray (28) during the third period in a preseason NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 3-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Mike Smith made 28 saves in the Phoenix Coyotes' 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night, the pre-season finale for both teams.
Smith was perfect through two periods, and only a fluke goal prevented the shutout. Martin Hazel had a goal and an assist, and Radim Vrbata added two assists for the Coyotes (3-4).
The Sharks (5-1) spoiled Smith's shutout bid midway just over eight minutes into the final period when defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic's shot from the right point deflected off the Phoenix defence and over Smith's right shoulder.
After a scoreless first period, the Coyotes broke it open with three goals in the second.