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Stalock and Pavelski shine again
Shutout and game winning goal for the pair
1/23/14 - By Mike Lee -

The Joe Pavelski show continued to roll on Thursday night, as the Sharks centerman scored another game winning goal to help pace San Jose to a 5th straight victory. Pavelski was the only person to score in a defensive struggle as the Sharks knocked off the visiting Winnipeg Jets 1-0 at SAP Center. Goaltender Alex Stalock stopped all 20 shots he faced to earn his 2nd consecutive shutout.

* Stalock has been limited to 8 starts this season, but he's made the most of his last 120 minutes of hockey, stopping 44 straight shots that have come his way. Stalock's teammates helped matters by limiting the amount of rubber the Sharks goaltender has seen as of late. Winnipeg created a challenge with their team speed, but San Jose's defense did a spectacular job at suppressing the Jets team speed in the neutral zone.

* Stalock dueled with Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who turned in a gem of a performance himself. Pavelec stopped 31 shots, only allowing a single tally in the 3rd period.

* An apparent goal by Joe Pavelski was waved off with just under 6 minutes to play in the 2nd period, when referee Ian Walsh ruled that Joe Thornton interfered with Pavelec during the Sharks 1st power play of the game. The play was a painful reminder of the goal that San Jose surrendered to Nashville on January 7th when Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi was pinned and restricted from making a save. That goal was allowed to stand even though there was obvious interference on Niemi.

* The Sharks also had a goal overturned against the very same Winnipeg Jets back on November 10th. Patrick Marleau was called for that interference which negated a tally.

* The Sharks power play was short lived after Mike Brown was whistled for charging Jacob Trouba behind the Jets net.

* Pavelec took a shot in the sternum early in the 3rd period, which dropped the Winnipeg netminder. Trainers attended to him during a brief stoppage, allowing the big Czech to stay in the game.

* San Jose was the first team to crack the score sheet, albeit 46 minutes into the game. Joe Pavelski continued to work his magic, bagging his 28th goal of the season on a nice show of dexterity with a hockey stick. Justin Braun sent a long backhand chance from the slot that Pavelec stopped with a butterfly save. The puck bounced off the Jets goaltender and popped up into the air about knee high, where Johnny on the spot Pavelski swatted it home.

* Pavelec kept the game a 1-goal deficit with less than 2 minutes remaining, making a circus save by whipping his arm around from his back to stop a follow up chance after the Sharks bounced a shot off him.

* Pavelski became the 2nd Sharks to record 3 straight game-winning goals.

* Had the goal that was waved off stood, Pavelski would have tied Patrick Marleau's franchise record for most goals in a 4 goal span (8).

* Even with a 5th straight victory, the best the Sharks could do was stay a distant 9 points behind the Anaheim Ducks who beat the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night as well.


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1 2 3 T
WPG 0 0 0 0
SJ 0 0 1 1
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 28 (Braun), 6:48.
1st period - Pavelski, SJ (holding the stick), 3:33; Wingels, SJ (tripping), 12:48.
2nd period - Jokinen, WPG (hooking), 14:03; Brown, SJ (charging), 16:33.
3rd period - Little, WPG (holding), 3:50; Kane, WPG (tripping), 8:04; Ladd, WPG (charging), 20:00.
Shots Saves
WPG - Pavelec 32 31
SJ - Stalock 20 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
WPG 11 4 5 20
SJ 11 11 10 32
Power Play Conversion
WPG 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Alex Stalock
Ondrej Pavelec
Joe Pavelski
Referees: Watson, Walsh. Linesmen: Cameron, Wheler.
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