SAN JOSE, Calif., March 29 (UPI) -- Joe Pavelski's third-period power-play goal Saturday lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Pavelski's 23rd goal this season broke a 2-2 at the 1:34 mark. Jody Shelley (unassisted) and Tom Cavanagh scored in the second, and Evgeni Nabokov was credited with 25 saves on 27 shots for the Sharks, who stopped a two-game skid following a three-game winning streak.
San Jose rose to 109 points, two better than Detroit for the best record in the Western Conference and in the NHL overall.
Phoenix got second-period goals from Kurt Sauer and Matthew Lombardi.
Ilya Bryzgalov was beaten three times on 32 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost six in a row and are 14th in the West.
Devin Setoguchi had his five-game points streak snapped.