Pavelski's tiebreaking goal leads Sharks past Capitals 5-2

Published Mar. 13, 2016 4:12 a.m. EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Joe Pavelski scored a tiebreaking power-play goal in the opening minute of the third period and Martin Jones stopped a key penalty shot to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Saturday night.

Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Brenden Dillon also scored to help San Jose move within one point of Anaheim for second place in the Pacific Division. Brent Burns added an empty-netter to seal the win.

Jones made 23 saves, including a poke check on the penalty shot against Jay Beagle with 13 seconds remaining in the second period. Because Brent Burns' slash was a penalty shot and not a minor penalty, the Sharks were able to start the third period on the power play.

T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams scored for the Capitals, who missed an opportunity to become the first team to clinch a playoff berth. Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves as Washington ended a three-game California swing with three points.