In the National Hockey League, you have to protect your own ice, and so far in this young 2013-14 season, the San Jose Sharks are doing just that.
San Jose jumped on Phoenix early in this one, scoring three times in the first period: two goals by Tomas Hertl, including one on the power play, and another power-play tally by Patrick Marleau.
Logan Couture added an empty-net score in the third period, as Antti Niemi made 22 saves in net.
The Sharks had a whopping 51 shots on goal in this game, compared to just 23 for the Coyotes. San Jose also committed just one penalty in the contest, giving Phoenix little opportunity to take advantage on special teams.
"When you put up 50 shots, you get rewarded," Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic told the Associated Press after the game. "It's good to beat that team; they're tough."
With the win, San Jose took over sole possession of first place in the newly-reformed Pacific Division, with four points in two games. They lead the Calgary Flames by one point currently.
Next up for the Sharks is a game Tuesday night in San Jose against the New York Rangers. Game time is 7:30 p.m.