SAN JOSE, Calif. — James Reimer earned his third shutout of the season and the San Jose Sharks ended a nine-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over Winnipeg on Tuesday night and handed the Jets a costly loss as they attempted to regain one to secure playoff spot.
“If you get a shutout, that’s nice,” said Reimer. “Usually you get all the bounces on a shutout and tonight was one of them.”
Reimer stopped 41 shots, including a dive paddle save at 3:40 of the second period. Noah Gregor, Kevin Labanc and Martin Kaut scored for the struggling Sharks, who lost 14 of 15.
The only win in that stretch also came against the Jets, a 3-2 win at Winnipeg in overtime on March 6.
“It’s the solidest win we’ve had in a long time and we haven’t had a win in a long time. So it was a good win,” said San Jose coach David Quinn. “Of course Reims played great. But they were opportunistic and in many ways it was a good performance against a team fighting for a playoff spot.”
Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets, who went 0-3 on the power play.
PHOTOS: Reimer shines in shutout, Sharks blank Jets 3-0
“They scored more goals than we did, I think. Lots of looks. Lots of chances. I don’t know if we have it under control now,” Jets defenseman Dylan DeMelo said. “Difficult to win if you don’t score or aren’t able to sink them. We’re working on it. guys try it. We had net front traffic and tips and scramblings from it, backdoor passes and stuff like that. We get high quality looks. We certainly had quality looks today. They just don’t attack us.”
Winnipeg holds the second wild card in the Western Conference, two points ahead of Calgary and three points ahead of Nashville, which has two games in hand.
“We must be a desperate team. It’s a great time now. It’s crisis time,” said Jets coach Rick Bowness. “We just have to embrace this fight and embrace it together as a group. And keep fighting. Fight each other and get everything out. That’s all we can do.”
Sharks forward Jacob Peterson made a nice play from behind the net, faking one way and backing up the other to find Gregor up front. It was Gregor’s fifth goal of the season and he extended his points streak to three games.
Labanc added his 13th goal 2:23 into the third period. Gregor also got an assist for the game.
Kaut ended the game with 2:03 left with his fourth goal of the season. Erik Karlsson earned an assist that gave him 91 points.
Jets: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.
Sharks: Hosts the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.
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