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NHL: Sharks are hot now; they rout Coyotes

PHOENIX -- The San Jose Sharks dominated Phoenix 6-0 on Thursday night for their fourth victory in a row and third over the Coyotes in six nights.

Two goals by Joe Pavelski and one each by Jeremy Roenick, Patrick Rissmiller, Devin Setoguchi and Steve Bernier provided the Sharks more than enough offense.

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov again was sharp in earning his third shutout of the season and the 37th of his career.

It wasn't long ago that the Sharks had trouble finding the goal, but they've outscored opponents 19-4 over four games.

Likewise, it wasn't long ago that a four-game win streak seemed beyond the Sharks' grasp. Before their current streak started, they won two games in a row just once. And just before the start of their 12-game trek through the Pacific, they suffered embarrassing losses in Detroit and Columbus.

But nine games into inter-divisional play, San Jose is 6-2-0-1.

"We've won four straight, but we've played really well nine straight games now," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said.

Roenick scored at 4:21 of the first period. His 501st goal moved him within one of Joe Mullen, whose 502 are the second-most by a U.S.-born player.

THURSDAY'S GAMES -- Corey Perry had two goals and an assist, and Chris Kunitz had three assists to lead visiting Anaheim to a 6-3 victory over Los Angeles, the Ducks' second win over the Kings in three nights. ... Brendan Shanahan scored the only goal in a shootout to lead the New York Rangers over Philadelphia 4-3. It was the Flyers' first home loss this season. ... Daniel Alfredsson scored twice in the first period and Martin Gerber made 35 saves for his NHL-leading 12th win as host Ottawa edged Buffalo 3-2. ... Marc Savard scored 19 seconds into the game, and Peter Schaefer scored two goals in the third period as Boston defeated visiting Toronto 5-2. ... Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin extended their points streaks to 18 and 12 games to lead host Pittsburgh over the New York Islanders 3-2. Georges Laraque of the Penguins, the consensus pick for the past several years as the best fighter in the NHL, scored a goal for the first time in 40 games. ... Richard Zednik and Kamil Kreps scored to help Florida beat visiting Washington 2-1. The Capitals have dropped six of seven and 15 of 18 since starting the season 3-0. ... Martin Erat scored at 19 seconds of overtime to give Nashville a 5-4 victory over visiting Chicago. ... Eric Belanger had a career-high four assists to help Minnesota beat Edmonton 4-2 for its first road victory in six tries.

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