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Sharks keep Capitals from clinching

Score three third-period goals to delay Washington playoff berth

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Playing the NHL's top team brought out the best in the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday.

Joe Pavelski and Brenden Dillon scored early in the third period, and the Sharks defeated the Washington Capitals 5-2.

Pavelski broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal 49 seconds into the period, taking a pass from Joe Thornton and beating Capitals backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer with a backhand from left of the crease.

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Grubauer gets call in goal for Capitals

Washington would clinch playoff berth with win against Sharks

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

CAPITALS (49-13-5) at SHARKS (37-24-6)

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; CSN-DC+, CSN-CA, NHL.TV

SAN JOSE -- Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer will make his 13th start of the season for the Washington Capitals when they face the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday.

The Capitals will try to become the first NHL team this season to clinch a Stanley Cup Playoff berth, which they would do with a win Saturday. They would also secure a berth with a point and a regulation loss Saturday by the Philadelphia Flyers.

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