Skid­ding Devils win­less in 3 games in Cal­i­for­nia trip

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Rick Eymer

Keep­ing the puck and putting pres­sure on the op­po­nent are good ways to wind up on the win­ning side.

Sharks goalie Martin Jones thought that’s what San Jose did all night, mak­ing his job easy.

Jones made 26 saves, Chris Tier­ney and Pa­trick Mar­leau each scored early and San Jose sent the New Jer­sey Devils to their third straight loss Mon­day night with a 4-0 vic­tory.

“We played well the whole night,” Jones said. “We were smart with the puck. We did a good job in front of the net. I wasn’t asked to do too much. When we play like that we’re tough to beat.”

Lo­gan Cou­ture and Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks, who had just one point in their last three games.

Keith Kinkaid saved 37 of 41 shots for the Devils, who ended their Cal­i­for­nia trip win­less in three games.

“They were throw­ing ev­ery­thing at the net and I have to do my job,” Kinkaid said. “The puck was bounc­ing ev­ery­where and they got the breaks tonight.”

Tier­ney scored a short­handed goal two min­utes into the con­test af­ter he stole a pass and raced un­guarded to beat Kinkaid. Tier­ney later left the game af­ter get­ting hit in the face by the puck.

“Give up a shorty, you have to re­al­ize there’s still 58 min­utes left to play,” Devils de­fense­man Andy Greene said. “You’re al­ways go­ing to have ad­ver­sity and you have to play through it. We weren’t good tonight.”

Mar­leau scored less than five min­utes later, get­ting his 20th ca­reer point against the Devils and the 486th goal of his ca­reer. Joe Pavel­ski, who has points in three straight games, set up Mar­leau.

“We pro­tected the puck and put in good spots,” Pavel­ski said. “It was a clean game. We had chances all night and won a few bat­tles.”

The Sharks re­ceived a cou­ple of lucky bounces on their fi­nal two goals. Joe Thorn­ton’s shot mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod kicked off the back of Greene’s skate and straight to Cou­ture, who had an open shot into the net.

“The goalie re­ally didn’t fol­low it,” Cou­ture said. “He kind of got lost.”

Burns jabbed at the puck a cou­ple of times in front of the net be­fore it floated away from Kinkaid. Kyle Quincey poked at it in an at­tempt to clear it but ac­ci­den­tally knocked it into the net in­stead.

NOTES

Thorn­ton moved into a tie for 25th on the ca­reer points list with Bren­dan Shana­han, af­ter as­sist­ing on Cou­ture’s goal. He has 1,354 points. It was also his 900th point in a Sharks’ uni­form . ... The Devils are 0 for 28 on the power play in their last nine games. ... Greene ap­peared in his 329th con­sec­u­tive game for the Devils, third-long­est such stretch in team his­tory . ... The Sharks ended a two-game los­ing streak against the Devils.

UP NEXT

Devils: Re­turn home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.

Sharks: Con­tinue a fiveg­ame home­s­tand with a game against the Chicago Black­hawks to night.

BEN MAR­GOT — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Sharks’ Pa­trick Mar­leau, sec­ond from left, cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing on Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid dur­ing San Jose vic­tory over New Jer­sey.

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