With their pair of victories this weekend, San Jose has now won four-straight at SAP Center.
The Sharks were able to do just that as they used a pair of power-play tallies to down Mike Smith and the Coyotes by a 3-0 final as San Jose has taken the first two games of their season-high six-game home stand.
Team teal was solid from the onset, limiting Arizona to very few scoring chances against. When they did get an opportunity with a 5-on-3 advantage, the Sharks penalty-killers were able to step up to the plate in front of James Reimer and shut down the Coyotes.
Then, with the first period winding down, Brenden Dillon’s shot from the point deflected in off Joel Ward for his 20th goal of the season, and third in the past two games, as San Jose was able to take a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
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After taking too many penalties in the first period, it was the Sharks who would enjoy some power play time in the middle frame.
On their second man advantage of the second, Tomas Hertl would strike for his 18th goal of the season as his pass in front deflected off an Arizona defenseman past Smith to double the San Jose lead. The goal continued an impressive stretch from the second power-play unit who have goals in three of their last four games.
From then on, Reimer and the defense would hold the fort as he made 25 saves in picking up his second shutout in four starts in teal. Joe Pavelski would add an empty-net tally in the final minutes as the Sharks picked up their 41st victory of the season.
It was another workmanlike night from the boys in teal as San Jose refines their game with 10 games left in the regular season. While the Kings may be too far out of reach, the Sharks are still trying to track down the Anaheim Ducks for second place in the division race.
Currently, San Jose trails the Ducks by one point as they look for home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
San Jose continues their home stand tomorrow night as they host the St. Louis Blues with the Sharks looking to sweep all three matchups against the Blues this season.