Blog: Lindholm nets game-winner as Canes top Sharks, 5-3
Posted December 6, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — FINAL: Canes 5, Sharks 3: Elias Lindholm recorded three points including the game-winning goal as the Carolina Hurricanes topped San Jose Friday 5-3 for their third consecutive win.
6:00 3rd: Canes 4, Sharks 3: Elias Lindholm got a piece of the puck on an Andrej Sekera wrister from the point and the Canes are once again in front with under six to play at PNC Arena.
10:25 3rd: Canes 3, Sharks 3: Justin Braun beat Cam ward on the glove side on a slap shot from outside the circles as the Sharks have tied the game with just over 10 to play.
13:16 3rd: Canes 3, Sharks 2: Jordan Staal banged home a loose puck in front after Nathan Gerbe threw in a shot from an off angle an the Canes lead San Jose midway through the third period.
15:06 3rd: Canes 2, Sharks 2: Reily Nash tipped home a Jay Harrison shot and the Canes have drawn even early in the third.
8:24 2nd: Sharks 2, Canes 1: Carolina cut the lead in half midway through the second period on a Jay Harrison goal that went off the end boards and trickled in off the back of Sharks goalie Alex Stalock.
End of 1: Sharks 2, Canes 0: Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tommy Wingles are the goal scorers. The Canes hold a 12-10 shots advantage at intermission.
3:29 1st: Sharks 2, Canes 0: Marc-Edouard Vlasic recorded his fourth goal of the year as he beat Cam Ward and the Sharks are up two goals on the Canes late in the first period.
12:51: 1st: Sharks 1, Canes 0: San Jose scores first on a short from the point by Jason Demers that was redirected by a screening Tommy Wingles and the Sharks lead 1-0 in PNC.
The San Jose Sharks will try to put a blowout loss in Pittsburgh behind them when they continue a four-game road trip with Friday's battle against the Carolina Hurricanes.
San Jose had tied a season high with six straight wins before getting slammed 5-1 by the Penguins on Thursday. Along with a 4-2 loss against Vancouver on Nov. 7 and another 5-1 setback versus Chicago on Nov. 17, it marked the third time the Sharks lost by a margin of more than one goal this season.
The Penguins scored four times in the second period to take control of Thursday's game. Chris Kunitz scored twice and Sidney Crosby recorded three assists in the rout.
"One man does not make a team, and that is a team over there," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said. "They've been able to recover from injury losses in the past and, in fact, some nights they even play better. Their team pulls together."
Tomas Hertl provided the lone score for the Sharks, while Joe Thornton extended his point streak to seven games with an assist.
Antti Niemi lasted two periods in net for the Sharks, allowing four goals on 27 shots. Alex Stalock stopped two of the three shots he faced in the third.
The Sharks fell to 9-3-3 on the road this season with the loss. San Jose will cap its road trip Sunday in Minnesota.
Despite the setback, the Sharks are still leading the Pacific Division with 43 points, two more than Anaheim, which plays Friday evening in Chicago. San Jose is also one point behind the Blackhawks for the Western Conference and overall NHL lead.
The Hurricanes, meanwhile, will try for a third straight victory after taking both games on a recent two-game swing. Carolina notched a 4-1 win at Washington on Tuesday before using Jeff Skinner's first career hat trick to down the Nashville Predators by a 5-2 score on Thursday.
Skinner scored his first two goals in the second period and got the third on an empty net, giving him nine goals for the season.
The Hurricanes scored four unanswered goals to end the game, including three in under 13 minutes in the second period after the Predators had taken a 2-1 lead with two goals in the first 2:41 of the frame.
"The puck was bouncing," said Skinner. "It was a weird game. There wasn't much flow."
Justin Faulk and Riley Nash also scored for the Hurricanes, who haven't won three in a row since a four-game run from Feb. 28-March 5 of last season.
Justin Peters made 20 saves to earn the win, but Cam Ward expects to get the call on Friday. Ward is 2-1-0 with a lofty 3.67 goals against average in three career outings against the Sharks.
The Hurricanes are battling a rash of injuries at the moment. Defensemen Mike Komisarek and Drayson Bowman are questionable for tonight with lower-body injuries, while forward Patrick Dwyer could also sit out Friday with an upper- body issue.
Carolina winger Alexander Semin also is nearing a return from a concussion, but he will miss a 10th straight game on Friday.
The Hurricanes are just 6-6-4 as the host this season and have lost their last two games at PNC Arena.
San Jose has lost four of five and five of the last seven games in the series against Carolina. The Sharks also have struggled in Raleigh over the years, dropping four of their last five road games versus Carolina.