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Niemi Makes 25 Saves, Sharks Beat Coyotes

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Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBS/AP) — Antti Niemi made 25 saves, and Logan Couture scored twice in the San Jose Sharks’ 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

Niemi recorded his 31st victory of the season to help the Sharks open a four-point lead over the Coyotes for the top spot in the Pacific Division. Since Jan. 15, Niemi is 22-4-4.

Joe Pavelski and Ryane Clowe also scored for San Jose.

Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes. The loss was only Phoenix’s second in its last 11 games.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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