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Kane canes Canes
Sharks forward records 1st period hat trick
10/16/19 - By Mike Lee -

As the Sharks slowly try to right their ship, they took a big step forward on Wednesday night, when they knocked off the Carolina Hurricanes, powered by Evender Kane's 1st period hat trick. The Sharks were actually outplayed in that 1st period, but Kane helped them overcome some early season holes with his three goals. Two of those goals came on the power play, which is also starting to show signs of life. The two teams would play two more periods, but this one was decided in the opening 20 minutes as San Jose won their 3rd straight game by a 5-2 score.

The Hurricanes entered play with the league's best record at 6-1-0, boasting one of the league's best offenses. The Sharks got a break by the schedule makers, who had Carolina play in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, while San Jose had two full days of rest, last playing on Saturday night.

It was the Sharks however who looked like they played the night before in the opening frame at SAP Center. Carolina out-shot the Sharks 16-7 in the period and controlled the tempo for most of the first 10 minutes of the game.

The Sharks withstood that initial push by the Hurricanes, thanks in part to Martin Jones play between the pipes. The Sharks goaltender made a slew of big saves on shots of varying ranges.

Kane turned the tables on Carolina at 8:36 of the period when Erik Karlsson fired a shot from the right point. Hurricanes defender Brett Pesce blocked the shot, but the puck dropped at his feet. The defenseman lost sight of the puck, allowing Kane to swoop in and whip a shot from 25 feet out that sailed over goaltender James Reimer's glove for his 2nd goal of the season.

The Sharks thought they had a second goal after Dylan Gambrell deflected a shot past Reimer and he cit across the slot, but a review determined that the centerman's stick was above the cross bar.

Carolina answered just over 2 minutes later when Dougie Hamilton buried a 20-foot shot after the Hurricanes moved the puck at will around the perimeter of the Sharks zone. Hamilton took a Teuvo Teravainen feed at the top of the right circle before walking in uncontested and ripping a shot to the top right corner of the Sharks net.

A Nino Neiderreiter tripping penalty setup the first of four Sharks power plays on the night at 16:26. Kane thought he had his 3rd goal of the year when his shot from the slot appeared to carry Reimer's glove across the goal line, but it was waved off by referee Jake Brenk.

Kane left no doubt on the ensuing faceoff after he punched home another deflection off a Hurricanes defender. Brent Burns ripped a shot from the point, catching Joel Edmundson in the shin pad, but the puck kicked over to the right where Kane was in the perfect spot to sweep home the rebound to give the Sharks the lead once again.

Andrei Svechnikov took a second tripping penalty with 23 seconds left in the period, but it was plenty of time for San Jose. Kane completed his hat trick by deflecting a Burns shot while parked outside the left post. The goal marked the first time a Sharks player recorded a hat trick in the 1st period.

Carolina didn't match their 16 shot output in the 2nd period, but they still offered 12 shots at Jones, who denied every one of them.

Barclay Goodrow pushed the Sharks lead to 4-1 at 14:37 when he intercepted a Hurricanes turnover in the neutral zone before racing up the left wing and snapping a shot past Reimer for his 3rd goal of the season. Goodrow's squeezed the puck under Reimer's left arm after unloading his shot from the left dot.

Carolina's best chance to claw back into the game came later in the period when Goodrow followed Patrick Marleau to the penalty box, skating with 45 seconds of 5-on-3 time. San Jose killed both penalties to enjoy a three goal lead entering the 2nd intermission.

San Jose was content to protect their lead and kill clock in the 3rd period. A fourth tripping penalty by the Hurricanes made that an easier proposition, and the fatigue started to show itself in the Hurricanes skating.

Former Vegas Golden Knight forward Erik Haula scored his team leading 6th goal of the season with 4:19 left in regulation. Brock McGinn fired a shot from the left side that hit Haula in the thigh, redirecting it past Jones. Haula was parked outside the left post and simply ran into McGinn's shot.

Haula's goal allowed the Hurricanes to pull Reimer late in an attempt to cut into the Sharks 2-goal lead, but Tomas Hertl walked in a lead pass from Kane with 52.1 ticks left to ice the game.

Game Notes:

* The announced attendance was 15,143, but the building likely had fewer than 11 thousand butts in seats.

* The 4-point night for Evander Kane was the 2nd of his career. He also became the 4th Shark to score two power play goals in the 1st period.

* Martin Jones finished the game with 36 saves, which gives consecutive games with 30 or more saves.

* The Sharks continue to win in faceoff percentage, which has translated into game wins. Logan Couture led San Jose by winning 14 of 18 draws on Wednesday night (78%).

* Tomas Hertl finished the evening with a goal and 2 assists. He added a pair of shots, and 1 hit. Hertl was also 9-of-18 in faceoffs.

* Marcus Sorenson made his return to the Sharks lineup after missing the last threee games with an upper body injury.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
CAR 1 0 1 2
SJ 3 1 1 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Kane 2 (Kertl, E. Karlsson), 8:36. 2, CAR, Hamilton 5 (Teravainen, Aho), 10:46. 3, SJ, Kane 3 (Burns, Labanc), 17:19, (pp). 4, SJ, Kane 4 (Burns, Hertl), 19:43, (pp).
2nd period - 5, SJ, Goodrow 3 (unassisted), 14:37.
3rd period - 6, CAR, Haula 6 (McGinn, Dzingel), 15:41. 7, SJ, Hertl 2 (Kane, Couture), 19:07, (en).
Penalties
1st period - Niederreiter, CAR (tripping), 16:26; Svechnikov, CAR (tripping), 19:37.
2nd period - Slavin, CAR (tripping), 7:08; Thornton, SJ (holding the stick), 9:08; Marleau, SJ (hooking), 15:17; Goodrow, SJ (hooking), 16:32.
3rd period - Niderraiter, CAR (tripping), 6:28; Labanc, SJ (holding), 12:12.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
CAR - Reimer 21 17
CAR - empty net 1 0
SJ - Jones 38 37
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CAR 16 12 10 38
SJ 7 11 4 22
Power Play Conversion
CAR 0 of 4
SJ 2 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Evander Kane
Martin Jones
Barclay Goodrow
Attendance
SAP Center - 15,143
Officials
Referees: Brenk, Meier. Linesmen: Mills, Murchison.
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