Stalock makes 24 saves as Sharks blank Panthers
Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Stalock made 24 saves to record his first career shutout as the San Jose Sharks beat the Florida Panthers, 3-0, on Thursday.
Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have won two in a row. Matt Nieto and Joe Thornton also lit the lamp.
Tim Thomas stopped 36-of-39 shots for the Panthers, who failed to build off Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Islanders.
Thomas kept the Panthers in the game early by making 21 saves during a scoreless first period.
Thornton scored on a breakaway with 50.2 seconds left in the second stanza to give San Jose a 1-0 lead.
Nieto lit the lamp at 4:44 of the third frame. Thomas stretched out to poke the puck away from Tyler Kennedy on a partial breakaway, but Nieto gathered the loose puck and slid it home for an easy goal.
Pavelski put home a rebound at 11:46 to make it a three-goal spread, and the hosts failed to dent Stalock in a comeback attempt.
The Sharks snapped a four-game losing streak against Florida. San Jose beat the Panthers for the first time since Oct. 31, 2006 ... The Panthers went 0- for-3 on the power play, while the Sharks went 0-for-4 ... Brent Burns had two assists for San Jose.
01/16 22:27:05 ET