NHL

Pavelski, Thornton lead Sharks past Canadiens 6-2

Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton each had three points to key a dominant performance from San Jose's top line, and the Sharks beat the Montreal Canadiens for the sixth time in the past seven meetings, 6-2 on Monday night.

Pavelski had two goals and one assist, while Thornton scored one goal and assisted on two others to help the Sharks move within two points of second-place Anaheim and four points of leader Los Angeles in the Pacific Division. Brent Burns also had a goal and two assists, and Melker Karlsson and Nick Spaling added goals for San Jose.

Martin Jones made 21 saves to earn wins on back-to-back nights for the first time since November.