SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Timo Meier scored twice, Joe Pavelski added his 20th goal of the season and the San Jose Sharks beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Monday night for their fourth win in five games.
Stafford gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, but the Sharks responded with goals by Meier and Pavelski in a 2:12 span later in the period. Meier’s 15th goal came on a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid, and Pavelski gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead by pouncing on a rebound that Kinkaid failed to handle.
Simek, playing in his fifth NHL game, made it 3-1 midway through the second period on a shot from just inside the blue line past a screened Kinkaid. Greene put a loose puck past Jones less than two minutes later to again pull the Devils within a goal.
Meier’s second goal of the game, on another sailing wrist shot, came with five minutes left in the second period. Hertl’s goal with 5:37 left in the game was the Sharks’ first power-play score since Dec. 5.
Notes: It was the 10th time that Pavelski has scored at least 20 goals in a season. . The Sharks didn’t get their first shot on goal until 10 ½ minutes into the game, by which time the Devils already had seven shots. By the end of the first period, though, San Jose led 11-9 in shots. . The Sharks have a league-leading 41 goals in the first period this season. . The Devils won the only other game between the teams this season, defeating the Sharks 3-2 in New Jersey on Oct. 14. . Ottawa (3-9-1) is the only team in the league other than the Devils with just three road wins this season. . The Sharks, who entered the game third in the league in penalty killing, held the Devils scoreless on both of their power plays.
Devils: Host Vegas on Friday.
Sharks: Host Dallas on Thursday.
Source: Fox Sports