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Jones caps another shutout
Sharks knuck off Ovechken-less Capitals
10/13/15 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks kicked off a 4-game road trip with a stop in our nation's capital on Tuesday night, with a resounding 5-0 victory at the hands of the host Washington Capitals. The Sharks got plenty of scoring in this closer than the score tells game, but defense was the story of the night. Namely from goaltender Martin Jones, who turned aside all 31 shots he faced to earn his 2nd consecutive shutout.

In their three games this season, the Sharks have allowed a single goal, which came 3 minutes into their season opener in Los Angeles last week. Since that score, Jones has gone more than 175 minutes without surrendering an opposing team from getting anything remotely close to his goal.

Denying the other team any goals eliminates plenty of pressure from the offense. San Jose built a nice cushion throughout the evening, then weathered three penalties in the final 20 minutes to lock up their 6th point of the season.

The Capitals were coming off a season opening win over New Jersey last Saturday, but skated without captain Alex Ovechkin, who was scratched for what the team called "personal reasons." Washington seemed prone to mistakes in the opening period, which resulted in three Shark power plays. A Jay Beagle slashing call on Joe Thornton, setup a power play that did everything except score. Logan Couture's scoring chance toward the end of the infraction ended with a shot bouncing off the right post.

Brooks Orpik put San Jose back on the power play 6 minutes later after tripping Sharks captain Joe Pavelski. Brent Burns setup the game's first goal with a blast from the blueline that Thornton tipped past Braden Hotlby for the game's only special team's tally.

The Sharks 4th line stung Holtby 2:36 into the 2nd period, when Mike Brown followed a Chris Tierney chance from the doorstep an slammed the puck home for the 2-0 lead. Tierney drove to the net from the right side, whipping past Dmitry Orlov before pushing the puck on net. Holtby denied Tierney, but Orpik failed to cover Brown, who trailed on the play and easily buried the rebound.

Tomas Hertl extended the Sharks lead to three goal with his 2nd goal of the season at 7:25 of the period. Tommy Wingels fired a shot on net from the top of the right circle, and once again Holtby allowed a juicy rebound out to the front of his net. Hertl pivoted 180 degrees to track the shot and whipped a shot home with defenseman Karl Alzner draped all over him.

Washington appeared to cut into the Sharks lead midway through the 3rd period on the power play when Orlov crushed a shot from between the circles that Jones had no chance to stop, but Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer used his coach's challenge to protest contact with goaltender. Beagle was ruled to have brushed Jones, preventing him from "doing his job" as referee Tim Peel so eloquently explained.

Burns took a slashing penalty 5 seconds after Goodrow's penalty expired to extend the Capitals man-advantage, but Jones tucked his ears back and went to work.

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz pulled Holtby with just over 2 minutes left in regulation, but that backfired when Matt Nieto sent a long shot from the left wing boards down ice for his first goal of the season.

For whatever reason, Trotz kept Holtby on the bench with his team trailing by 4 goals. That allowed Tierney to get in on the scoring action, by backhanding a puck into the empty net for the 5th goal.

The Sharks move on to New Jersey for the second log of their trip, where DeBoer will make his return to his former coaching stomping ground.

Game Notes:

Joel Ward returned to the place where he called home for the past four seasons, to a nice ovation from Capitals fans. The forward played in 276 games for Washington, and 35 playoff games, including 14 games last season during the Capitals playoff run that ended in the Conference Finals.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 2 2 5
WAS 0 0 0 0
1st period - 1, SJ, Thornton 2 (Burns, Pavelski), 10:54, (pp).
2nd period - 2, SJ, Brown 1 (Tierney, Goodrow), 2:36. 3, SJ, Hertl 2 (Wingels, Nieto), 7:25
3rd period - 4, SJ, Nieto 1 (unassisted), 18:00, (en). 5, SJ, Tierney 1 (Goodrow), 19:!3, (en).
1st period - Beagle, WAS (slashing), 4:34; Orpik, WAS (tripping), 10:41; Kuznetsov, WAS (hooking), 16:55.
2nd period - Burns, SJ (high sticking), 10:56.
3rd period - Burns, SJ (hooking), 0:35; Galiev, WAS (holding), 3:31; Chimera, WAS (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:33; Goodrow, SJ (holding), 8:34; Burns, SJ (slashing), 10:39.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 31 31
WAS - Holtby 30 27
WAS - empty net 2 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 17 10 5 32
WAS 8 12 11 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 5
WAS 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Jones
Joe Thornton
Jon Carlson
Referees: Peel, Luxmore. Linesmen: Mach, McElman.
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