10/13 21:05 CDT Jones has second straight shutout, Sharks top Caps, 5-0
Jones has second straight shutout, Sharks top Caps, 5-0
By JEFF SEIDEL
WASHINGTON (AP) --- Martin Jones made 31 saves for his second straight shutout
and the San Jose Sharks took advantage of Alex Ovechkin's absence from
Washington's lineup to beat the Capitals 5-0 on Tuesday night.
The Sharks improved to 3-0-0 and have outscored their opponents 12-1. Jones
allowed a goal on the first shot he faced this season, but has blanked
opponents for the following 178 minutes, 11 seconds.
Matt Nieto and Chris Tierney each had a goal and an assist, and Joe Thornton,
Mike Brown and Tomas Hertl added goals.
Ovechkin missed the game because of personal reasons. The Capitals sent out a
note on Twitter about 35 minutes before the game saying the Russian star would
not play. They confirmed earlier in the day that the left wing did not take
part in the morning skate, and coach Barry Trotz said he would be a game-time
Ovechkin had a goal and an assist Saturday night in Washington's season-opening
victory over New Jersey.
Thornton opened the scoring on a power play in the first period. Brown and
Hertl stretched the lead to 3-0, scoring off of rebounds early in the second
period. Tierney's shot set up Brown at 2:36. Hertl scored after the Capitals
were slow to clear goalie Braden Holtby's save of a Tommy Wingels nearly 5
Washington appeared to cut the lead to two a few minutes later, but the
officials waved off Dmity Orlov's goal after San Jose challenged due to goalie
NOTES: Defenseman John Carlson played his 400th NHL game, all with the Capitals
Carlson also has played 380 consecutive games. ... Sharks right wing Joel Ward
made his first trip back to Washington after playing the last four seasons with
the Capitals. The crowd gave him a big ovation when some of his highlights were
shown. ... Brown ended a 49-game goal drought.