12/11 00:17 CST Meier's 2 goals lead Sharks past Devils 5-2
Meier's 2 goals lead Sharks past Devils 5-2
By ROB GLOSTER
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.
Radim Simek scored his first NHL goal, Tomas Hertl added a late power-play
score and Martin Jones stopped 22 shots for the Sharks, who have not lost in
regulation at home since Nov. 15.
Andy Greene and Drew Stafford each scored his first goal of the season for the
Devils, who are a league-worst 3-11-2 on the road.
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 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.
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