Jones shuts out Wild, Sharks win 2-0

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Already without Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl, the San Jose Sharks learned they would also be without leading scorer Erik Karlsson and leading goal-scorer Evander Kane. They adjusted by playing a tight game in front of goaltender Martin Jones to win for the fourth time in five games.

Jones stopped 39 shots for his first shutout of the season, and Dylan Gambrell scored his third goal for San Jose in a 2-0 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Melker Karlsson added an empty-net goal.

Erik Karlsson, the defenseman who leads the team with 34 assists and 40 points, is out for the rest of the season after breaking his thumb in Friday's win at Winnipeg. Kane, who has 21 goals, was suspended three games for elbowing Jets defenseman Neal Pionk in the same game.

''Facing the injuries that we are facing, I think that little bit of adversity and Jonesy coming in there and doing the job, I know they wanted to play hard for him,'' San Jose interim coach Bob Boughner said. ''I thought that we really defended well. . I think it's a heck of a last couple days. Two tough buildings with teams that are fighting hard for a playoff spot.''

Alex Stalock made 19 saves for Minnesota, which lost its first game under interim coach Dean Evason a day after firing Bruce Boudreau.

''We liked what we did as far as how we prepared and our energy,'' Evason said. ''We liked our attempts at the net. I think we had 40 shots and 70-something attempts at the net. We were trying to do the right thing, so we like that part of our game. You're just never pleased when the results aren't there.''

The Sharks won 3-2 in Winnipeg the previous evening and the Wild, who started the day three points behind Arizona for the final wild card in the Western Conference, hoped the coaching change would spark a run to the playoffs.

General manager Bill Guerin made the move to fire Boudreau, who was 158-110-35 in three-plus seasons with Minnesota, following a shootout loss at home on Thursday to the New York Rangers in which the Wild surrendered a two-goal, third-period lead.

Minnesota had won seven of its past 11 games during a home-heavy stretch under Boudreau. A day later, the Wild finished a stretch of 18 out of 22 games at home with another lackluster effort against San Jose.

''We're comfortable with Deano,'' Minnesota forward Marcus Foligno said. ''He did a great job tonight with the bench and everything. It is what it is. In the situation that we're in, we're fighting for our lives and we're still in our minds a playoff team and just tough to not get this one.''

The Sharks, who are 11-12-2 under Boughner, have started to find their way even as injuries have taken out many key players. Couture has missed 13 games because of a broken left ankle. Now, Karlsson and Hertl are out for the season.

Gambrell is trying to make the most of his opportunity as one of the fill-ins.

He scored his first goal since Nov. 30, a span which includes a stint in the minors, just over 3 minutes into the third period. San Jose defenseman Brent Burns flipped a shot on net that deflected off Gambrell and past Stalock.

''I think we just keep doing what we're doing,'' Gambrell said. ''Guys are really coming together in the locker room. Really supporting each other on the ice. Just working for each other.''

Jones, who's seen his playing time diminished behind Aaron Dell, made the goal stand up even as Minnesota outshot the Sharks 39-21

''Pretty gutsy win last night and tonight with another two guys down,'' Jones said. ''That was huge.''

NOTES: Jones had one win in his previous 11 games and had allowed more than three goals in seven of them. ... San Jose is 8-7-1 under Boughner since the calendar turned to 2020. ... Evason is getting his first opportunity as an NHL coach. He was an assistant under Boudreau the past two seasons after spending six seasons as a coach in the American Hockey League. Evason played two seasons with the Sharks. ... San Jose recalled D Jacob Middleton from the AHL after placing Karlsson on injured reserve. ... Minnesota was 11-3-2 previously when tied after two periods.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Return home against Florida on Monday.

Wild: Get a three-day break and play at Vancouver on Wednesday.

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123T
SJ26-28-4
0022
MIN27-24-7
0000
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
B. Burns D01230/0027:121
B. Dillon D00110/0020:532
M. Ferraro D00000/0212:170
D. Gambrell C10114/3010:340
B. Goodrow C01119/13020:520
T. Heed D00020/0014:080
M. Karlsson LW10110/0017:420
J. Kellman C00012/5015:120
K. Labanc RW00020/0215:240
P. Marleau RW00120/1016:211
T. Meier RW00010/1017:211
S. Noesen RW00020/0015:481
R. Simek D00000/0021:030
M. Sorensen RW00010/0014:500
A. Suomela C01110/0208:232
J. Thornton C000213/5016:550
A. True C00100/2007:331
M. Vlasic D01100/0021:323
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Brodin D00-130/0019:311
R. Donato LW00010/0008:082
M. Dumba D00-230/0022:421
J. Eriksson Ek C00056/6015:184
K. Fiala RW00-240/0221:351
M. Foligno LW00040/0213:572
A. Galchenyuk LW00016/1013:221
J. Greenway LW00001/0012:201
R. Hartman RW00030/0008:380
B. Hunt D00020/0016:160
M. Koivu C00002/5009:180
L. Kunin RW00021/7015:512
Z. Parise LW00-210/1019:400
C. Soucy D00030/0214:402
J. Spurgeon D00030/0021:240
E. Staal C00-2214/8020:330
R. Suter D00-100/0025:130
M. Zuccarello RW00-120/0016:411
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Jones (W)390391.00060:00
GOALIESSA
M. Jones (W)39
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Stalock (L)201190.95058:29
GOALIESSA
A. Stalock (L)20
GOAL Melker Karlsson (Empty net shot), Assists: Barclay Goodrow and Marc-Edouard Vlasic
SJ:GoalsShots
MIN:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • SJ
      19:45GOAL Melker Karlsson (Empty net shot), Assists: Barclay Goodrow and Marc-Edouard Vlasic
    • SJ
      03:08GOAL Dylan Gambrell , Assists: Brent Burns and Antti Suomela
      PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
        • SJ
          12:58Antti Suomela penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
      • 2ND PERIOD
        • SJ
          01:28Kevin Labanc penalty Obstruction - Tripping - 2 min.
      • 1ST PERIOD
        • MIN
          16:28Marcus Foligno penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
        • MIN
          06:13Carson Soucy penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
        • MIN
          06:05Kevin Fiala penalty Slashing - 2 min.
        • SJ
          01:57Mario Ferraro penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
      TEAM STATS
      SJ
      MIN
      Shots on Goal2139
      Goals in Power Play00
      Faceoff Wins2830
      Penalties33
      Major Penalties00
      Minor Penalties33
      Misconducts00
      TEAM STATS
      SJ
      Shots on Goal21
      Goals in Power Play0
      Faceoff Wins28
      Penalties3
      Major Penalties0
      Minor Penalties3
      Misconducts0
      123T
      SJ26-28-4
      0022
      MIN27-24-7
      0000
      STARS OF THE GAME
      9.5 %SHOT %0.0 %
      1.000 %SAVE %0.905 %
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      B. Burns D01230/0027:121
      B. Dillon D00110/0020:532
      M. Ferraro D00000/0212:170
      D. Gambrell C10114/3010:340
      B. Goodrow C01119/13020:520
      T. Heed D00020/0014:080
      M. Karlsson LW10110/0017:420
      J. Kellman C00012/5015:120
      K. Labanc RW00020/0215:240
      P. Marleau RW00120/1016:211
      T. Meier RW00010/1017:211
      S. Noesen RW00020/0015:481
      R. Simek D00000/0021:030
      M. Sorensen RW00010/0014:500
      A. Suomela C01110/0208:232
      J. Thornton C000213/5016:550
      A. True C00100/2007:331
      M. Vlasic D01100/0021:323
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      J. Brodin D00-130/0019:311
      R. Donato LW00010/0008:082
      M. Dumba D00-230/0022:421
      J. Eriksson Ek C00056/6015:184
      K. Fiala RW00-240/0221:351
      M. Foligno LW00040/0213:572
      A. Galchenyuk LW00016/1013:221
      J. Greenway LW00001/0012:201
      R. Hartman RW00030/0008:380
      B. Hunt D00020/0016:160
      M. Koivu C00002/5009:180
      L. Kunin RW00021/7015:512
      Z. Parise LW00-210/1019:400
      C. Soucy D00030/0214:402
      J. Spurgeon D00030/0021:240
      E. Staal C00-2214/8020:330
      R. Suter D00-100/0025:130
      M. Zuccarello RW00-120/0016:411
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      M. Jones (W)390391.00060:00
      GOALIESSA
      M. Jones (W)39
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      A. Stalock (L)201190.95058:29
      GOALIESSA
      A. Stalock (L)20
      STARS OF THE GAME
      123T
      SJ26-28-4
      0022
      MIN27-24-7
      0000
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      B. Burns D01230/0027:121
      B. Dillon D00110/0020:532
      M. Ferraro D00000/0212:170
      D. Gambrell C10114/3010:340
      B. Goodrow C01119/13020:520
      T. Heed D00020/0014:080
      M. Karlsson LW10110/0017:420
      J. Kellman C00012/5015:120
      K. Labanc RW00020/0215:240
      P. Marleau RW00120/1016:211
      T. Meier RW00010/1017:211
      S. Noesen RW00020/0015:481
      R. Simek D00000/0021:030
      M. Sorensen RW00010/0014:500
      A. Suomela C01110/0208:232
      J. Thornton C000213/5016:550
      A. True C00100/2007:331
      M. Vlasic D01100/0021:323
      Total2402128/306-12
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      J. Brodin D00-130/0019:311
      R. Donato LW00010/0008:082
      M. Dumba D00-230/0022:421
      J. Eriksson Ek C00056/6015:184
      K. Fiala RW00-240/0221:351
      M. Foligno LW00040/0213:572
      A. Galchenyuk LW00016/1013:221
      J. Greenway LW00001/0012:201
      R. Hartman RW00030/0008:380
      B. Hunt D00020/0016:160
      M. Koivu C00002/5009:180
      L. Kunin RW00021/7015:512
      Z. Parise LW00-210/1019:400
      C. Soucy D00030/0214:402
      J. Spurgeon D00030/0021:240
      E. Staal C00-2214/8020:330
      R. Suter D00-100/0025:130
      M. Zuccarello RW00-120/0016:411
      Total0003930/286-18
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      M. Jones (W)390391.00060:00
      GOALIESSA
      M. Jones (W)39
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      A. Stalock (L)201190.95058:29
      GOALIESSA
      A. Stalock (L)20
      GOALS
      • 3RD PERIOD
          PENALTIES
          • 3RD PERIOD
          • 2ND PERIOD
          • 1ST PERIOD
          • 3RD PERIOD
          • 2ND PERIOD
          • 1ST PERIOD

          123T
          SJ26-28-4
          0022
          MIN27-24-7
          0000
          TEAM STATS
          2.74
          GF AVG
          3.48
          GA AVG
          .46
          Power Play
          3.43
          GF AVG
          3.57
          GA AVG
          .78
          Power Play
          All times are US/Eastern.