Keith Kinkaid made 30 saves for his second career shutout and Travis Zajac scored two goals to lead the New Jersey Devils past the San Jose Sharks 3-0 on Thursday night.

Devante Smith-Pelly and Zajac scored on successive shots for New Jersey that came more than 18 minutes apart as the Devils opened a three-game California swing by winning for the third time in 11 games. Zajac also added an empty-net goal to help New Jersey match last season's win total of 32 to move within five points of Pittsburgh for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Martin Jones made 13 saves but the Sharks were shut out for the fifth time this season. San Jose lost for just the second time in seven games and remained four points behind first-place Los Angeles and three in back of Anaheim in the Pacific Division.