Martin Jones and the Western Conference-leading Sharks are peaking as they head into the playoffs.
Jones made 24 saves to continue his hot streak and lead visiting San Jose to a 3-0 victory over the Wild on Monday night.
Barclay Goodrow, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who won their fifth straight.
“I felt good,” Jones said. “I thought we did great all night checking. Penalty kill was huge for us as well.”
Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Wild.
For Jones, it was his third shutout and 34th win of the season. Twenty-five of those wins have come since the start of December, the best total in the league over that span. Jones is the first goaltender in San Jose history to post four consecutive 30-win seasons, and he’s the only goaltender in the league since 2015-16 to have four 30-win seasons.
“I think everybody kind of clamps down a little bit come playoff time,” Jones said. “We’ve won games in all sorts of different ways this year, so, yeah, it’s nice to have that and build some confidence going into the playoffs.”
Islanders 2, Blue Jackets 0: Thomas Greiss made 31 saves in his fifth shutout of the season, helping host New York beat Columbus. Ryan Pulock and Anders Lee scored as the Islanders (40-22-7) improved their playoff positioning in the tough Metropolitan Division.
Flyers 3, Senators 2: Oskar Lindblom, Michael Raffl and Scott Laughton scored in the second period to lead hard-charging host Philadelphia to the win. The Flyers have won four of five games to move into the wild-card race.
Lightning 6, Maple Leafs 2: Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette each scored two goals, powering NHL-leading Tampa Bay to another victory. Anthony Cirelli and Ondrej Palat also scored for the visiting Lightning (53-13-4), and Ryan McDonagh, Yanni Gourde and Jan Rutta had two assists apiece.
Blackhawks 7, Coyotes 1: Brendan Perlini scored three goals against his former team for his first career hat trick, and host Chicago ripped Arizona for its third straight win.
Hurricanes 3, Avalanche 0: Andrei Svechnikov had two goals and an assist, Petr Mrazek stopped 38 shots and Carolina earned a rare win at the Pepsi Center by beating Colorado.
Oilers 3, Rangers 2: Leon Draisaitl scored 35 seconds into overtime and had two assists, leading host Edmonton. Connor McDavid and Matt Benning also scored for the Oilers (31-31-7).
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