SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Phoenix Coyotes were outshot badly during regulation but saved their best for last in the shootout.
Antoine Vermette beat San Jose goalie Antti Niemi with a backhand shot in the fifth round of the shootout to give the Coyotes a 3-2 victory on Saturday night, handing the Sharks their first loss at home in six tries.
"We found a way to get two points again, and as long as we keep doing that we're happy," winning goalie Mike Smith said. "There's definitely some areas we'd like to be better in, but we'll take the win."
Smith stopped four of five San Jose shooters in the shootout as Phoenix won for the sixth time in seven games. Smith was busy in regulation, stopping 48 of 50 shots, including 20 during six San Jose power plays.
"Mike Smith was huge," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "He had that A game we were looking for."
Sharks coach Todd McLellan was pleased to see his team attack but wasn't happy about the lack of finish.
"We had every opportunity to finish it. We had some good looks, but I'm not sure how hungry we were around the blue paint or in the goaltender's eyes," McLellan said. "He looked comfortable in there. And when a guy like that gets comfortable he makes a lot of saves."
A scoreless third period in which the hosts outshot the visitors 19-9 preceded overtime. Each team had an early period power play but both were unable to convert.
Phoenix had the only seven shots of overtime after getting outshot 50-23 during regulation.
"You watch the tape over again and probably you feel like you should earn two points, but that's the way it goes sometime," said Sharks captain Joe Thornton, who picked up his 800th career assist in the game.
The score was tied 2-2 after 40 minutes as the Sharks dominated the second period, scoring two goals while outshooting Phoenix 15-7.
Sharks center Joe Pavelski scored his sixth goal of the season 1:16 into the second period to tie it 1-1. He capped a two-on-one break with Phoenix defensemen Keith Yandle and Derek Morris caught up the ice.
San Jose went ahead on Dan Boyle's power-play goal at 5:10. Like Pavelski, Boyle shot over the left glove of Smith. It was the defenseman's second goal of the season.
"I expect a lot out of myself, but I had to be realistic, too," Boyle said. "I definitely didn't feel like myself out there, but that's to be expected."
Tippett said his team spent too much time on the penalty kill, which interupted the flow of rolling four lines in regulation.
"We put ourselves in the penalties we took and just too many turnovers," Tippett said. "We didn't execute well enough with the puck, especially in our own end."
The Coyotes scored before mid-period to re-tie it as Mikkel Boedker skated wide along the right-wing boards against San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and slipped a bad angle shot under Niemi's paddle at 8:57 on Phoenix's first shot of the period.
"I think we wrapped up two goals for them," McLellan said. "They were both preventable, and we've got to be sharper in those areas."
The Sharks compiled 16 of their 31 shots through 40 minutes on five power plays.
Despite outshooting Phoenix 16-7 during the opening 20 minutes, the Sharks struggled to find their legs and didn't play as fast as the home crowd has come accustomed to seeing early on.