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Sharks second straight win is super
San Jose leans on puck possession to knock off Hurricanes
2/4/18 - By Mike Lee -

San Jose built on their win in Columbus on Friday night, by dispatching the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 at PNC Arena on Sunday morning in a pre-Super Bowl matinee. The Sharks grabbed a lead late in the 1st period and held the Hurricanes in check for the last 40 minutes. San Jose looked spry against the young and fast Carolina roster that has several up and coming offensive threats. The win put San Jose into a position to finish their current-5-game road trip with more wins than losses.

Aaron Dell got the start in net for San Jose and his 29 save performance helped lead the Sharks to their 28th victory of the season. Dell has given the Sharks a nice safety valve in net this season. He out-dueled Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward, who allowed three goals on 26 San Jose shots.

Timo Meier staked the Sharks to an early 1-0 lead when he one timed a Joonas Donskoi feed past Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward. Donskoi held the puck near the left corner, and caught Meier slicing down the slot. He put a pass on the button and Meier did the rest, converting for his 12th goal of the season.

Ward kept the Sharks within a goal after making a diving paddle save on the Sharks Joel Ward, who tried jamming home shot from the doorstep with under 8 minutes remaining in the opening frame. The Sharks Ward put a backhand chance as he was falling toward the left post, but Carolina's netminder extended his stick out to deny the goal.

Sebastian Aho tied the game with 2:02 left in the period after rookie centerman Danny O'Regan sent a lazy pass to the slot as he skated out of the right corner. Eric Staal easily picked off O'Regan's gaff and fed the puck to Aho who put it past Aaron Dell for his 19th goal of the season.

San Jose reacted in the best way possible, scoring a go-ahead goal with 36 seconds left in the period. Christ Tierney was left unattended in front of the Carolina net, and when Melker Karlsson found him with a pass from the right corner, the rest was academic. Tierney gathered Karlsson's pass and lifted a shot into the Hurricanes goal, much to Ward's disgust.

Brent Burns added some cushion to the Sharks lead with a goal 2:03 into the 2nd period. The defenseman gathered a puck near the right point, then pivoted to face the net and sweeping a long shot that eluded Ward. The Hurricanes goaltender had a face full of Barclay Goodrow, who was being tied up by his teammate Brett Pesce at the top of the crease.

Brenden Dillon and Brock McGinn dropped the gloves 7:32 into the period after Dillon took exception to a hit earlier in the shift. Dillon earned an extra two minutes for cross checking McGinn in retaliation for the hit. The NHL's 2nd ranked penalty kill diffused the Carolina man-advantage to help the Sharks preserve their 2-goal lead.

San Jose had no problem killing clock in the 3rd period. They took a big chunk out of the period with an impressive forecheck sequence that had the puck stuck in the Carolina zone for almost a full two minutes.

Carolina pulled Ward with 2:09 to play.

Game Notes:

* The game marked the last time San Jose will play in the Eastern time zone this season. San Jose will finish this current 5-game road trip with a stop in Denver on Tuesday night.

* Brent Burns and rookie defender Joakim Ryan were both a +3 for the game. Ryan skated 22 shifts, logging 18:32 of ice time. He was credited with 2 hits and blocked shot.

* Joonas Donskoi put on a puck possession clinic throughout the game, but did not put a single shot on goal. Donskoi value wasn't measured in shots in this one though. He did earn the primary assist on Timo Meier's goal and was a pivotal cog in the puck possession game that led to San Jose's success in the win.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 0 3
CAR 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Meier 12 (Donskoi, Burns), 4:06. 2, CAR, Aho 19 (Staal), 17:58. 3, SJ, Tierney 13 (Karlsson, Boedker), 19:24.
2nd period - 4, SJ, Burns 9 (Ward, Ryan), 2:03.
3rd period - None.
1st period - None.
2nd period - Dillon, SJ (cross checking), 7:32; Dillon, SJ (fighting major), 7:32; McGinn, CAR (fighting major), 7:32.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 30 29
CAR - Ward 26 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 12 8 6 26
CAR 5 12 13 30
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 0
CAR 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Chris Tierney
Joe Pavelski
PNC Arena - 11,614
Referees: Skilliter, McCauley. Linesmen: Gawryletz, Murray.
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