WASHINGTON — The San Jose Sharks used a tight-checking defense and solid goaltending to snap a three-game losing streak and get a lengthy road trip off to a positive start.
Martin Jones stopped 24 shots and Brent Burns scored his fifth goal of the season to lead the Sharks past the Washington Capitals 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Burns had second-period goals for the defending Western Conference champions, who scored only four goals during their three-game slide.
“That was a big win for us, just to kind of right the ship a little bit,” Jones said. “We’ve had moments where we’ve been good, and today everything kind of came our way.”
It was Jones’ 14th career shutout and the first of the season for the Sharks, who were coming off a 5-0 loss at home to Pittsburgh.
“We defended really well. We didn’t give up a lot of looks from the middle of the ice, which was huge for us,” Jones said. “That was a good bounce-back game for us.”
The game marked the beginning of a…