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Sharks sink Panthers in shootout

Jagr scores 740th NHL goal in loss, one behind Hull

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent

Pavelski puts Sharks ahead in SO

SJS@FLA: Pavelski beats Montoya low for shootout goal

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The San Jose Sharks again found a way to win on the road. 

Joonas Donskoi and Joe Pavelski scored in the shootout to give the Sharks a 2-1 win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday. 

San Jose is 20-8-2 away from SAP Center, the second-most road victories in the NHL behind the Washington Capitals' 21. 

"We got the wins early on the road to get off to a good start," Pavelski said. "Lately whether we've been at home or on the road, we've had good starts, we've found ways to win, get points. No doubt, on the road we're just committed to a pretty disciplined game." 

Nick Bjugstad scored in the shootout for Florida, before San Jose goalie Martin Jones won the game when he stopped Jussi Jokinen in the top half of the third round. 

Jaromir Jagr gave Florida a 1-0 lead at 2:23 of the third period with his 740th NHL goal, putting him one behind Brett Hull for third on the League's all-time list. 

Florida won its previous six shootouts, including 2-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. 

San Jose is 3-2 in shootouts. 

Video: SJS@FLA: Jagr breaks the deadlock with his 740th goal

"We found a way," said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer, who coached the Panthers for three seasons (2009-11). "I give credit to Florida. I thought they played really hard. They were physical, tough defensively, made it tough for us to create anything. We stuck with it and found a way, which is what we've been doing lately." 

The Sharks (31-20-5) won for the fourth time in five games (4-0-1). They continue their five-game road trip Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes. 

The Panthers (33-19-6), who lost for the fourth time in seven games (2-3-2), continue their six-game homestand Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets. The point helped the Panthers increase their lead in the Atlantic Division to five points over the second-place Boston Bruins, who lost 2-0 at the Nashville Predators on Thursday. 

Jagr scored when Vincent Trocheck's shot from the slot was blocked by Tomas Hertl and bounced right to him. Jagr one-timed the loose puck between Jones' legs for his 18th of the season, tying him for the Panthers lead with Reilly Smith. 

The 18 goals are one more than Jagr had in 77 games last season with the New Jersey Devils and Panthers. He has played 55 games this season. 

Jagr, the oldest player in the NHL, joined Gordie Howe as the only forwards to score an NHL goal at age 44 or older. Jagr turned 44 on Monday. 

Logan Couture tied the game 1-1 at 8:56 when he took a feed from behind the net from Joe Thornton and put a quick shot in the upper-left corner past goalie Al Montoya. The assist extended Thornton's point streak to seven games. 

"Gift by [Thornton] on my tape," Couture said. "Just have to find a hole. That guy has been doing that for years. I just have to put my stick on the ice, receive the pass and find the open net." 

Couture's goal came on the Sharks' only shot of the third period, although they had the puck in the Panthers zone for large periods of time. Florida had three shots in the period. 

The teams combined for 37 shots. Montoya, making a second consecutive start for the first time this season, made 16 saves. Jones made 19 saves. 

"They're a good team," Pavelski said. "You look up, you get a little bit of time in the [offensive] zone, you might delay, you might do something like that. You look up and they're back and they're taking away some options. Give them a little credit. We didn't feel as great as we probably could have, but overall they played a pretty hard game too." 

Video: SJS@FLA: Couture ties game on Thornton's nice dish

Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic hit the post in overtime, when the Sharks had a power play for the last 1:28. Vlasic's eight-game point streak, which tied a Sharks record for defensemen set this season by Brent Burns, ended. 

Florida center Vincent Trocheck couldn't score on breakaways in the second and third periods. 

Sharks forward Tommy Wingels left the game in the first period with an apparent upper-body injury. He was injured halfway through the period when he lost his balance skating toward a Florida player and slid forward into the boards. DeBoer said Wingels would be evaluated Friday but added he probably would be out "for a little while." 

Montoya is 9-4-2 with a 1.91 goals-against average and .930 save percentage, and has allowed more than two goals twice in 15 starts. 

"We battled," Montoya said. "We battled really hard. It's unfortunate we didn't come away with two (points), but it was a 1-0 game the whole way or 1-1 game. Huge point for us. We'll take it and move forward. 

"We knew it was going to be just one mistake that led to the back of the net. Hats off to our guys. They battled all the way through and huge [penalty kill] in overtime." 

The Sharks swept the season series; they won 5-2 at SAP Center on Nov. 5. 

The Panthers again played without five regulars: forwards Aleksander Barkov, Brandon Pirri and Quinton Howden, and defensemen Erik Gudbranson and Willie Mitchell. 

"I was real happy with everything," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "You look at our lineup. We're doing the best we can and working hard and I thought the guys played a perfect game for me. 

"I'm more than happy. I would have loved to have won the game in overtime or the shootout, but we get a big point tonight." 

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