Lindholm, Hurricanes surge past Sharks
RALEIGH, N.C. — Elias Lindholm had a goal and two assists to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.
Jordan Staal, Eric Staal, Riley Nash and Jay Harrison had Carolina’s other goals.
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Cam Ward made 22 saves for the Hurricanes in his return to the lineup after sitting out Carolina’s previous two games.
The Hurricanes have won three games in a row.
Justin Braun, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tommy Wingels scored for the Sharks. Joe Thornton extended his point streak to eight games with an assist in the first period.
Backup goalie Alex Stalock made 30 saves and San Jose lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.
Lindholm’s go-ahead goal came on a deflection on Andrej Sekera’s wrist shot. Lindholm knocked it through Stalock’s legs after Sekera skated around the perimeter with six minutes left in the third.
It was the first career multi-point game for Lindholm, who was Carolina’s first-round pick in the 2013 draft.
Eric Staal then added an empty-net goal with 30.2 seconds remaining.
San Jose had tied the score at 3 with 10:25 remaining in the third period on Braun’s slap shot from the point.
The Hurricanes scored twice earlier in the third period, controlling much of the action to erase a 2-1 deficit.
Nash first deflected a Harrison shot above Stalock’s left shoulder to tie the score at 2 at 4:54.
Jordan Staal then gave Carolina a 3-2 advantage 6:42 into the period when Nathan Gerbe centered the puck into the crease from the corner. Staal jammed at the puck a couple of times, and Stalock couldn’t freeze the puck before Staal knocked it into the net.
San Jose quickly tried to move past Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins, scoring twice in the first period to build a 2-0 lead.
Wingels opened the scoring after Harrison couldn’t connect with Jordan Staal on a pass up the middle of the ice from behind the Hurricanes net. Wingels took advantage of the miscue, batting Jason Demers’ one-timer from the point by Ward.
The Sharks then took a 2-0 lead with 3:29 left in the period when Vlasic’s wrist shot from the blue line deflected off the skate of Nash and beat Ward.
Carolina rebounded with a strong second period, trimming the deficit to 2-1 on Harrison’s goal.
Harrison’s wrist shot from the point hit the boards behind Stalock and bounced into the crease.
Stalock couldn’t corral the puck, which ricocheted off Stalock’s pad and skate before sliding into the net.
Carolina has outscored opponents 17-4 in the second period in its past seven games.