Friday, July 31, 2015

Jets’ win streak snapped

SAN JOSE, Calif.—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 nip Winnipeg 1-0 last 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 noted.
“Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.”
Pavelski snapped a scoreless tie with 13:12 to go 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,” said Sharks’ coach Todd McLellan.
“Right spot, right time, great hand-eye . . . very good hand-eye co-ordination to put it in.”
The Sharks used that goal and another strong performance from their back-up 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,” he added.
“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 time all season.
The Jets managed only nine shots on goal in the final two periods last night 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 offence needs to improve,” he conceded.
“I like this group; they are still young and have potential,” added Maurice. “These guys are willing and they listen.”
The winning goal was set up when Olli Jokinen made a poor clearing attempt out of the defensive zone for Winnipeg.
Braun kept the puck in at the blueline and put a backhand on goal. Pavelski batted the rebound out of the air and into the net.
“They got the bounce and we didn’t,” said Jets’ defenceman Jacob Trouba.
“[Pavelec] certainly did a great job to keep us in it,” he added. “We can take a lot of positives out of this game.”
The game was scoreless after two periods as both teams played tight defence, and allowed few prime scoring chances or rebounds on the 37 combined shots.
The Sharks had to kill penalties in the first period—and needed a sprawling pad save from Stalock against Andrew Ladd on an odd-man rush late in the first period to keep it scoreless.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Dallas bombed Toronto 7-1, Nashville nipped Vancouver 2-1, Tampa Bay edged Ottawa 4-3 (SO), Minnesota shaded Chicago 2-1, and Columbus beat Philadelphia 5-2.
Anaheim nipped 2-1, Carolina beat Buffalo 5-3, St. Louis edged the N.Y. Rangers 2-1, and Pittsburgh topped the N.Y. Islanders 6-4.

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