SAN JOSE -- Timo Meier scored two goals for the San Jose Sharks in a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at SAP Center on Monday.
Meier has seven points (three goals, four assists) in four games since returning to the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury. The Sharks went 1-2-0 with him out of the lineup and are 3-1-0 since he returned.
"He's a critical guy," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "He's on pace for probably 40 goals right now. Critical piece for us. Gives us power and speed and energy and possession. You take that type of player out of anyone's lineup and you're going to feel the effects. It's nice to have him back."
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Radim Simek scored his first NHL goal, Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl each had a goal and an assist, and Martin Jones made 22 saves for San Jose (16-11-5), which has won four of its past five games.
Drew Stafford and Andy Greene each scored his first goal of the season, and Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves for New Jersey (10-13-6), which has allowed at least four goals in eight of its past nine games (1-4-4).
The Devils, who lost 6-5 in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, completed their California road trip 1-1-1.
"It's tough to win when you keep finding ways to beat yourselves," Devils forward Travis Zajac said. "We just miss consistency in some areas of the game and that hurt us tonight. We keep finding ways to hurt our game. We can't consistently string together any momentum."
Stafford gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead at 12:05 of the first period on a wrist shot from along the right wall.
Meier tied it 1-1 at 15:51, scoring blocker side from the right circle on a rush.
"It's always a shot that I like, coming down that wing," Meier said. "It's one of my strengths. It's been working for me. It's part of confidence, too. But it's definitely something I try to work on, finishing some plays off, and it's been working out."
Video: NJD@SJS: Meier takes it himself on the rush
Pavelski gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead at 18:03 with his 20th goal of the season, getting the rebound off Brenden Dillon's point shot at the left post. Pavelski has seven goals in his past eight games and 15 in his past 19.
"I think I said right from Day One here, I don't think he's dropped off at all," DeBoer said of the 34-year-old Pavelski. "I think age is just a number for a guy like him. He works so hard. His game isn't about speed, it's about all the other things, and you don't lose those things as you get older."
The Devils had the game's first seven shots but were outshot 11-2 the rest of the first period.
"We had a really good start for the first 10 minutes or so," Greene said. "They got one and then they started to push us, and we didn't push back and they got the second one. ... We know [San Jose] is very good at home (10-3-2), they have quick starts. We came out pretty well. We had really good spurts and all of sudden things begin to happen and we wilt."
Simek extended the lead to 3-1 at 7:19 of the second period on a slap shot from the point, but Greene cut it to 3-2 at 8:59.
Video: NJD@SJS: Simek extends lead with his first NHL goal
Meier scored his second goal at 14:52 on a snap shot from the left circle that caught Kinkaid leaning the wrong way to make it 4-2.
Hertl scored a power-play goal at 14:23 of the third period to make it 5-2.
They said it
"We had the game totally in control and then we had the turnover at the offensive blue line. That gave them the first one and that gave a little bit of momentum. Puck management is something we keep talking about. The challenge with this group is getting them to understand the important parts of those situations. Early in the game we were breaking out and eventually they took over. It comes down to execution, moving the puck quicker, to accept the pass, and there are times in the game when we do a really good job of it and then there are times it's like a grenade." -- Devils coach John Hynes
"I feel like we're playing better. Tough stretch in that Dallas game aside (3-2 loss), I think we're on a good streak right now." -- Sharks center Logan Couture
Need to know
Meier has 16 goals this season, five shy of his career high he set last year in 81 games. … Pavelski has scored at least 20 goals in a season 10 times, including in each of the past six. … Stafford was in the lineup after being scratched the previous three games and replaced Stefan Noesen on the fourth line. ... New Jersey is 3-11-2 on the road. ... Sharks forward Lukas Radil had his first NHL assist on Simek's goal.
Devils: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)
Sharks: Host the Dallas Stars on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, NBCSCA, FS-SW, NHL.TV)
Video: Meier, Pavelski lead Sharks past Devils, 5-2