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Nabokov posts second shutout in four days as Sharks blank Coyotes

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Nabokov posts second shutout in four days as Sharks blank Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Evgeni Nabokov made 15 saves to record his second shutout in four days to lead the San Jose Sharks past the Phoenix Coyotes 6-0 Thursday night.

Joe Pavelski scored a pair of power-play goals, Patrick Rissmiller had a goal and an assist, and Jeremy Roenick, Devin Setoguchi and Steve Bernier also scored for the Sharks who have won four straight.

Phoenix lost its third in a row, all against San Jose, and has been outscored 15-1 over that span. The Coyotes also fell to a Western Conference-worst 2-7-0 at home.

Nabokov's shutout was his third this season and the 37th of his career.

Roenick gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead 4:21 into the game when he gathered the puck near centre ice, skated to the middle of the left faceoff circle and fired a wrist shot off the crossbar.

Rissmiller made it 2-0 at 11:23 of the period when he took a pass from Patrick Marleau from the left side and beat Alex Auld with a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle.

Pavelski extended the Sharks' lead to 3-0 with a power-play goal at 8:23 of the second, forcing a wraparound shot past Auld's extended right skate.

Pavelski's goal ended the night for Auld, who allowed the three goals on 18 shots before he was replaced by Mikael Tellqvist.

Pavelski added his second goal with 17:48 remaining and Setoguchi made it 5-0 just 68 seconds later off a crisp cross-crease pass from Joe Thornton.

Bernier capped the scoring with 6:01 left.

Notes: Marleau's first assist was his 500th career point. He added another assist on Pavelski's second goal and a third on Bernier's score. ... Roenick's 501st goal moved him within one of Joe Mullen for second place on the American-born goal-scoring list. ... With defenceman Nick Boynton suspended, the Coyotes recalled Brendan Bell from San Antonio of the American Hockey League for the first time this season. To make room for Bell, Phoenix pushed LW Josh Gratton through waivers and assigned him to San Antonio. Bell had led San Antonio defenceman with four goals and was second with 12 points. ... Auld has allowed seven goals on 46 shots in his past two starts, both against San Jose.

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Nabokov posts second shutout in four days as Sharks blank Coyotes