Sharks Lose Preseason Finale To Phoenix

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Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks skates with the puck past Martin Hanzal of the Phoenix Coyotes. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBS/AP) — Mike Smith made 28 saves in the Coyotes’ 3-1 victory over the visiting Sharks on Saturday night, the preseason finale for both teams.

Smith was perfect through two periods, and only a fluke goal prevented the shutout. Martin Hanzal had a goal and an assist, and Radim Vrbata added two assists for the Coyotes (3-4).

The Sharks (5-1) spoiled Smith’s shutout bid just more than eight minutes into the final period, when defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s shot from the right point deflected off the Phoenix defense and over Smith’s shoulder.

Crosby to miss opener: Sidney Crosby continues to practice with the team but is expected to miss the Penguins’ season opener because of a concussion sustained in January. Crosby said Saturday he didn’t think there was a realistic chance he would play in Vancouver on Thursday.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved)

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