Heatley paces Sharks in 4-2 win over Coyotes
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Dany Heatley stayed hot to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 victory over Phoenix on Monday, snapping the Coyotes' four-game win streak.
Heatley added an assist on Logan Couture's goal that put the Sharks up 3-1 in the second, while goaltender Antti Niemi made 34 saves to give San Jose (23-19-5) consecutive wins following a six-game losing streak.
Patrick Marleau celebrated his 1,000th NHL game with the opening goal of the contest.
"It goes by quick, the 1,000 games," Marleau told reporters. "You start thinking about all the people who helped you along the way, all the support. I look forward to many more games in the league."
Derek Morris tied it 1-1 in the first for the Coyotes and Phoenix rookie Oliver Ekman-Larsson recorded the first goal of his career in the third to pull the home side within one.
But Joe Thornton scored an empty-netter with 49 seconds left to seal the contest.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 32 saves in a losing effort for the Coyotes, who lost defenseman David Schlemko to injury when he collided with San Jose's Scott Nichol in the third.
"It comes and goes, prior to (the recent streak) we kind of owned them," said Phoenix captain Shane Doan. "There were a couple of goals you kind of want back, but they buried their chances and we didn't bury ours."
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)