Sharks 1, Jets 0
Updated On: Jan 24 2014 12:28:36 AM CST
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- White-hot left winger Joe Pavelski scored the game's only goal to break a scoreless tie in the third period as the San Jose Sharks beat the Winnipeg Jets 1-0 on Thursday.
Pavelski struck for his team-high 28th goal at even strength at 6:48 of the third period following a Winnipeg turnover. That is all backup goaltender Alex Stalock needed as his 20 saves stood up for a second straight shutout to extend a scoreless streak for 140:59.
Winnipeg suffered its first loss under coach Paul Maurice, who was 4-0 since replacing Claude Noel on Jan. 12.
San Jose's Justin Braun corralled Winnipeg center Olli Jokinen's weak backhand flip at the right point. The Sharks defenseman skated toward the slot and sent a soft backhand effort toward the goal that Pavelski tipped past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
Pavelski, who had a second-period power-play goal waved off, moved along into second place in the league lead for goals behind only Washington winger Alexander Ovechkin with 35. Pavelski leads the league with 19 goals in 21 games since Dec. 10, and has seven in four games to move within three of his career-high 31 scored in 2011-12.
As little ice as there was in the first period became less in the second as the two teams combined for only 15 shots on goal to remain scoreless after 40 minutes.
The Sharks earned their only power play of the first two periods when Jokinen held San Jose center Joe Thornton at 14:03. And it appeared the Sharks broke through when Pavelski punched home a rebound just five seconds later.
But the goal was waved off as referees ruled goaltender interference on Thornton, who ended up on Pavelec after the Sharks' captain was pushed by Jets' defenseman Mark Stuart.
San Jose's one-shot power play was matched minutes later when the Jets managed only one shot on goal after Sharks right winger Mike Brown charged Jets defenseman Jacob Truba into the end boards.
Riding high off of four straight wins to start Maurice's coaching tenure, Winnipeg played a strong road period at the outset as each team recorded 11 shots in the opening 20 minutes.
The Sharks were guilty of a pair of offensive-zone penalties, but killed Pavelski's early minor, allowing two shots while outshooting the visitors 2-1 following trip by right winger Tommy Wingels at 12:48.
The Jets had the two best 5-on-5 chances late in the period. Anticipating a cross-ice pass, Stalock stretched for an impressive right-pad save on left winger Andrew Ladd at 18:40 following a Thornton turnover to Winnipeg center Bryan Little.
And Stalock watched with 10 seconds left as Truba's backhand attempt at the right post slipped behind the goalie and out the other side instead of crossing the goal line.
NOTES: This is the first visit by the Winnipeg Jets in San Jose since Dec. 7, 1995. ... San Jose backup G Alex Stalock started for only the second time at home this season. Stalock was coming off of a shutout win in Florida on Jan. 18. ... RW Marty Havlat, LW James Sheppard and rookie D call-up Taylor Doherty were healthy scratches for the Sharks while D Zach Redmond, LW Eric Tangradi and C Eric O'Dell did not dress for the Jets. ... C Jim Slater (sports hernia), D Paul Postma (blood clot), RW Matt Halischuk (right arm) and D Grant Clitsome (back) remain out for Winnipeg while San Jose continues to await the return of C Logan Couture (hand), D Scott Hannan (concussion), RW Raffi Torres (knee surgery), RW Adam Burish (back surgery) and LW Tomas Hertl (knee surgery). ... The Jets beat the Sharks 5-4 during a shootout Nov. 10 in their only other meeting this season. ... Winnipeg returns home to play three of its next four, including Saturday against Toronto. ... San Jose hosts Minnesota on Saturday and Los Angeles on Monday.
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