Jets lose to Sharks in tight-checking match

Sharks defenceman Matt Irwin (left) battles Andrew Ladd of the Jets for the puck during NHL action...

Sharks defenceman Matt Irwin (left) battles Andrew Ladd of the Jets for the puck during NHL action in San Jose on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:34 AM ET

SAN JOSE - It was bound to happen sooner or later and on Thursday night, the Winnipeg Jets' rather impressive run of perfection under Paul Maurice came to a halt.

Not a crashing halt, but a halt nonetheless.

Despite another pretty steady effort against another of the Western Conference powerhouses, it was a defensive-zone turnover by veteran centre Olli Jokinen that allowed the San Jose Sharks to break a scoreless tie and roll to a 1-0 victory over the Jets at SAP Center, snapping the Jets four-game winning streak under Maurice.

Jokinen fanned on his clearing attempt along the left-wing boards, Sharks blue-liner Justin Braun kept the puck in at the right point and sailed a rolling puck toward Ondrej Pavelec before Joe Pavelski batted the rebound out of the air for his 28th goal of the season, which leaves him second in the NHL behind Alex Ovechkin.


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