Surging Sharks handle Blues

– Joonas Donskoi and Joe Thornton scored in the second period, Martin Jones made 26 saves and the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Thursday night.

Matt Nieto added an unassisted goal late in the third to give San Jose insurance. The Sharks, who are 8-1-2 in their past 11 games, improved to 17-7-2 away from home and tied Washington for the most road victories in the NHL.

Both goals for San Jose came during a four-minute span in the second.

Donskoi banked a shot off the near post to break the scoreless tie at 3:55. He has 10 points, including four goals, in his past 12 games.

Donskoi's goal snapped a shutout streak of 96 minutes, 59 seconds for Blues goalie Brian Elliott.

HIGHLIGHTS

•HE'S BACK … AND DANGEROUS: Alex Ovechkin scored the winning goal in his return from a one-game suspension for skipping the All-Star Game, and the host Capitals avoided a third consecutive loss by beating the New York Islanders 3-2. Ovechkin scored off a pass from Nicklas Backstrom with 2:40 left to help Washington end a rare two-game skid. The Capitals hadn't lost three games in a row all season.

•CLUTCH PERFORMER: Ryan Spooner scored in regulation and the shootout to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the host Sabres. Brad Marchand helped Boston erase a two-goal deficit, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in the victory.

•TOO EASY: Jordan Eberle scored twice and added an assist for the Oilers, who started their four-game road trip with a 7-2 thumping of the host Senators.

•PANTHERS POWER: Vincent Trocheck scored twice and added an assist, Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists and the Panthers beat the Red Wings 6-3 in Sunrise, Fla. Roberto Luongo stopped 35 shots for Florida, which has won five in a row.

•DIVING INSTRUCTOR: Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov has been fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment. His second citation, which triggered the fine, was over a tripping penalty in the third period against Arizona on Jan. 26.

•HAVING A SEAT: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is dealing with a lower-body injury and will miss a two-game road trip.

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