The Sharks got a lot out of Saturday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes, starting with the return of defenseman Brent Burns and 65 minutes of shutout hockey from Antti Niemi.

But what they didn't get -- a goal or a win -- is what mattered most.

San Jose saw its winless streak extended to four games after a 1-0 shootout loss to Phoenix as goalie Mike Smith blanked the Sharks for the fourth time in two years. The outcome was decided when Niemi gave up goals to Mikkel Boedker and Radim Vrbata while Smith stopped shots by Michal Handzus and James Sheppard.

Still, the mood in the Sharks locker room was anything but desolate as the team saw its perfect record after seven games drop to 7-2-2 as San Jose departs on its annual February two-week trip that opens Monday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"I thought overall it was a really good game, a fun game to play, a hard-fought game that was played clean," Ryane Clowe said. "When you're in a 0-0 game it's frustrating because one of those go in and you might win."

Count Clowe among the most frustrated. Still looking for his first goal of the season and moved to the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski for a second game, Clowe got a game-high seven shots on Smith, had five others blocked and saw three others go wide.