Alex Stalock’s first career shutout keyed the Sharks to a 3-0 win in Florida on Thursday night at BB&T Center. Joe Thornton, Matt Nieto and Joe Pavelski were the goal scorers, as the Sharks recorded their 30th win of the season (30-12-6). Of the 24 saves that Stalock made, none were bigger than when he got his right pad on a Scottie Upshall opportunity with about 15 and a half minutes left in the third period and the Sharks nursing a 1-0 lead. Upshall got free in front of the net, but his slam-dunk chance was turned aside by the 26-year-old backup goalie. Shortly after that stop, the Sharks transitioned the other way. Tyler Kennedy drove the puck hard to the net, and Nieto cleaned up the loose garbage in the slot at 4:44 to end a 28-game drought. It was the rookie's third goal. Pavelski found the rebound of a Brad Stuart floater at 11:46 of the third to increase the Sharks’ lead to 3-0, as San Jose won consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 27-29. The Sharks had alternated wins and losses in their last nine games, and will try to make it a perfect three-game road trip on Saturday in Tampa Bay. Thornton gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead with 51 seconds left in the second period. The captain gathered in a pass up the wall from Brent Burns in the neutral zone, sped towards the net, and lifted a soft shot over Tim Thomas’ left shoulder for his sixth goal. It was Thornton’s first goal since Dec. 3, and he avoided matching a career-worst 21-game goalless drought dating back to the start of his rookie season in 1997. Thornton entered as the league’s assist leader with 45.
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