San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Antti Niemi made 26 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and the San Jose Sharks continued their mastery of the Philadelphia Flyers with a 1-0 victory.
Ryane Clowe scored the only goal 82 seconds into the game as the Sharks notched their ninth win in a row over Philadelphia. San Jose is 11-0-0 with a pair of ties in the past 13 meetings since the Flyers' last triumph on December 21, 2000.
The Sharks, who returned home after a 2-6-1 road trip, remained two points behind the Pacific Division-leading Phoenix Coyotes.
San Jose head coach Todd McLellan missed Tuesday's game because of concussion- like symptoms he's still suffering from after being hit in the head with a stick during the second period of Sunday's game against Minnesota. Assistants Matt Shaw and Jay Woodcroft shared the coaching duties.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 22 shots for Philadelphia, which split a four-game road trip and has yet to win back-to-back games since January 10-12.