Pavelski's goal leads Sharks to 1-0 win over Jets

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2014 at 1:09 am •  Published: January 24, 2014
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Justin Braun's soft shot made it on net and the rebound floated in the air long enough for Joe Pavelski to bat it in for yet another goal.

That's the way it's been going for Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks of late.

Pavelski scored his 19th goal in the past 21 games and Alex Stalock made 20 saves in his second straight shutout to help San Jose beat Winnipeg 1-0 Thursday night, handing Paul Maurice his first loss in five games as coach of the Jets.

"I've been expecting to score for a while," Pavelski said. "Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't."

Pavelski snapped a scoreless tie with 13:12 remaining for his third straight game-winning goal. He moved into sole possession of second place in the NHL with 28 goals this season, including seven in the past four games.

"We hope it lasts for a long time," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "Right spot, right time, great hand-eye. ... Very good hand-eye coordination to put it in."

The Sharks used that goal and another strong performance from their backup goalie to win their fifth straight game.

Stalock, who got his first career shutout with 24 saves last Thursday in Florida, was just as stingy against the Jets and has allowed only four goals in winning his last four starts.

"Obviously, it feels good to get a shutout," Stalock said. "I think in the last two games, maybe a total of 40 shots. You see that sometimes in one game, and it says a lot to spread that out among two games. You put it on a team effort, clearing away rebounds, and it makes it a lot simpler."

Ondrej Pavelec made 31 saves for the Jets, who had won four straight since Maurice took over for Claude Noel. Winnipeg scored 16 goals in those four games but couldn't break through against San Jose two nights after handing Anaheim its first home loss in regulation all season.

Winnipeg managed only nine shots on goal in the final two periods Thursday but kept San Jose's chances to a minimum to stay in the game.

"I like a lot of what I saw defensively," Maurice said. "It's what we are trying to do. Our offense needs to improve. I like this group; they are still young and have potential. These guys are willing and they listen."