Joe Pavelski did it again. Alex Stalock, too. The NHL's hottest goal scorer broke a scoreless tie in the third period, batting in a rebound as the Sharks capitalized on a rare Winnipeg Jets mistake Thursday night to skate away with a 1-0 victory. And San Jose's backup netminder pitched his second consecutive shutout, making 20 saves to extend the Sharks' winning streak to five games. Pavelski's goal was his 28th of the season, seventh in the last four games and 19th in the last 21. He's now alone in second place among NHL goal scorers, trailing only Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals with 35. "We hope it lasts for a long time," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Pavelski's torrid streak. "Right spot, right time, great hand-eye." The Sharks had just completed their second unsuccessful power play when the lone goal was scored at 6:48 of the final period, with Pavelski starting and finishing the sequence. Pavelski's initial shot was blocked, but Jets forward Olli Jokinen failed to clear the puck out of the zone. Sharks defenseman Justin Braun corralled it at the blue line, then skated to the high slot and sent a soft backhand toward goalie Onrej Pavelec. The Jets netminder made the initial stop only to have Pavelski punch in the rebound. "It was one of those that's just kind of hovering," Pavelski said, "and you're going to the net hoping for something like that and I just touched it." All Stalock did was extend his shutout streak to 140:59, having beaten the Florida Panthers 3-0 a week earlier. He hasn't given up a goal since 4:01 of the third period of San Jose's 3-2 shootout victory in Chicago on Jan. 5.
San Jose Sharks blank Winnipeg Jets
San Jose Mercury News | Jan 24