The Sharks (23-13-6) moved to within a point of the Los Angeles Kings (24-15-5) for the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division Monday, taking the season series with their most-despised rival by picking up a 4-1 win at Staples Center.
The Sharks opened the scoring at 4:38 of the first after Joonas Donskoi scooped up a rebound, spun around and fed it through the slot to Chris Tierney, who recorded his 11th goal of the season by shooting the puck into an open net.
Jones rebounded from Saturday’s start against the Arizona Coyotes, in which he surrendered three goals on six shots in 13:48 of work, by making 35 saves on 36 shots, one of his best outings of the season.
The Sharks helped Jones out by winning a defensive struggle against the Kings, who entered the contest with the NHL’s best goals-against average (2.40), severely limiting the number of quality-scoring chances that he faced over the first two periods.
The Sharks also completed their season series with the Kings by winning three of four games.