Pavelski scores on power play, Sharks beat Coyotes 1-0

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 11:00 AM

Pavelski scored on a power play 7:29 into the third period and Martin Jones made twenty saves to lift the Sharks to a 1-0 triumph over the AZ Coyotes in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday night."A lot of guys played well and we'd some grand additions in the locker room," Pavelski said.

Pavelski scores on power play, Sharks beat Coyotes 1-0

With the San Jose Sharks headed back to the postseason after a one-year hiatus, Joe Pavelski had a clear message for the home fans.

"Let'south obtain this space loud again," he told a roaring, sellout crowd.

Pavelski scored on a power play 7:29 into the third period and Martin Jones made twenty saves to lift the Sharks to a 1-0 triumph over the AZ Coyotes in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday night.

"A lot of guys played well and we'd some grand additions in the locker room," Pavelski said. "It was a lot of tough work to obtain back here. Presently the genuine season begins. Let'south obtain back on it."

Joe Thornton, named the Sharks player of the year earlier in the day, got his nine hundred sixty-fourth assist to tie for thirteenth on the career list. He'd an assist in all five games against the Coyotes this season.

The Sharks enter the playoffs with an 18-20-3 residence record. They're the only playoff team with a losing record at home.

"Defensively, every aspect of our game was cleaned up beautiful well," Pavelski said. "We wanted to obtain more of our power play but we got the one that counted. Our penalty murder came up huge for us and Jones was solid."

San Jose opens the playoffs against either the LA Kings or Anaheim Ducks. Its opponent will be determined when the Ducks play WA on Sunday.

"Both are really excellent teams," Pavelski said. "Give us one and let'south go to work."

Mike Smith saved thirty-one of thirty-two shots for the Coyotes, who haven't scored in San Jose in 192:02, a span of over seven periods.

"We had lots of try, we couldn't capitalize on anything," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said.

The Coyotes made remarkable progress this season but are 0-7-3 in their last ten visits to the Shark Tank.

"We've a long ways to go. We can't be patting ourselves on the back just yet," said Coyotes Capt Shane Doan, Ltd to fourteen minutes after taking a misconduct call in the first period defending a teammate. "A lot of youthful guys showed they belong in the NHL. Being able to contribute is great."

San Jose failed to convert its first four power plays before Brent Burns and Thornton crisscrossed the net with a pair of fast passes to open things up for Pavelski, who scored his team-leading thirty-eighth goal.

The Sharks had to murder off two penalties in the final six minutes to hang on.

"More than the result, we just wanted to play well," Jones said. "We played solid defensively and presently the genuine games start. We have a team capable of going deep into the playoffs."

NOTES: Joonas Donskoi was named the Sharks rookie of the rear, Brent Burns the fan favorite and Pavelski honored for his "inspired performance." ... The Sharks signed draft picks Michael Brodzinski (fifth) and Danny O'Regan (fifth)... Mirco Mueller was recalled from the AHL... Sharks Celsius Tommy Wingels played in his three-hundredth game and Celsius Tomas Hertl played in his two-hundredth game... Doan entered with sixty-eight points in one hundred-fifth games against the Sharks... The Sharks announced their thirteenth sellout of the season.

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