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Quick home pit stop nets a win
Shark split season series with Carolina with 5-1 victory
12/5/18 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks returned home after their abysmal 5-game road trip on Wednesday night with a quick 1-game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes. Much like their win in Montreal, the Sharks returned to a focus on defense and goaltending which resulted in a victory. San Jose also balanced their scoring with five skaters potting goals in a 5-1 win over the Hurricanes at SAP Center.

Martin Jones followed up is 40-save performance in Montreal with a 39 save effort in the win over Carolina. The netminder was forced to make saves in bushels on several occasions as the Hurricanes were trying to work themselves out of a scoring slump. Jones was up to the test earning the game's first star with his yeoman's performance.

Barclay Goodrow staked the Sharks to the early 1-0 lead at the 3:44 mark of the opening period. The Sharks forward took a drop pass from Kevin Labanc near the top of the right circle, then snapped a shot past Curtis McElhinney for his 4th goal of the season. Goodrow started the sequence by intercepting a clearing attempt around the right wing boards.

Phillip De Giuseppe was sent off for hooking at 9:14, setting up a second power play chance for San Jose. Tomas Hertl made the Hurricanes pay, when he tapped home a pretty feed from Labanc. Logan Couture sent a pass to Labanc on the right side that opened up things in the front of the net where Hertl was parked. Labanc earned his 2nd primary assist of the game with a placed the puck perfectly in front of the net for Hertl.

Carolina out-shot the Sharks 16-9 in the frame, but Martin Jones picked up where he left off in Montreal, by denying everything that was thrown at him.

Unlike their 4-3 shootout loss to the Hurricanes back in late October, San Jose held on to their 2-goal lead. In the Hurricanes win, they overcame a 2-0 first period deficit to force the game to overtime and then eventually the shootout. San Jose stuck to their guns on Wednesday night and extended their lead rather than letting Carolina back in the game.

Timo Meier made his return to the Sharks lineup and immediately paid dividends when he scored his 14th goal of the season 8:42 into the 2nd period. The Sharks forward tipped a Radim Simek shot that fooled McElhinney after it changed directions. The primary assist was Simek's 1st career NHL point.

Joe Pavelski got in on the act with a Minnesota Fats shot that was all about the angles. Pavelski tried to throw a pass through the slot parallel to the goal mouth, but the puck hit Jordan Staal in the stick blade before hitting him the shin guard. The puck flew off Staal's shin guard at a 90 degree angle and directly into the Hurricanes net for Pavelski's 18th goal of the season.

Lucas Wallmark finally got the hurricanes on the board with 1:29 left in the period after Evender Kane was sent off for tripping. The Carolina centerman whipped a shot from the left dot that Jones had to guess on with a screen in his face. The Sharks netminder got a glove on the shot, but couldn't control it.

Marcus Sorensen made it a 5-1 game with a tap in off a deflection at 15:43 to put the game fully out of reach. The Sharks forward was lurking near the left post, and simply stabbed at the puck after a Meier shot bounced off McElhinney.

Game Notes:

* Joe Thornton had three assists to move 2 helpers shy of tying Marcel Dionne for 10th on the NHL's all time assist leader board.

* Jordan Staal suffered an upper body injury in the 3rd period and missed the final 10 minutes of play.

* Hurricanes leading scorer Sebastian Aho was contained by the Sharks for the most part. The Carolina forward did lead all skaters with 6 shots on goal, but he was a non-factor after couple of grade A scoring chances in the 1st period.

* Calvin De Haan and James Van Reimsdyk were the only Hurrcianes skaters without registering a shot on goal against Martin Jones.

* Timo Meier and Joe Thornton finished the night a +3.


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1 2 3 T
CAR 0 1 0 1
SJ 2 2 1 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Goodrow 4 (Labanc, M. Karlsson), 3:44. 2, SJ, Hertl 7 (Labanc, Couture), 10:10, (pp).
2nd period - 3, SJ, Meier 14 (Simek, Thornton), 8:42. 4, SJ, Pavelski 18 (Meier, Thornton), 15:02. 5, CAR, Wallmark 2 (Hamilton, Slavin), 18:31, (pp).
3rd period - 6, SJ, Sorensen 5 (Meier, Thornton), 15:43.
1st period - Staal, CAR (delay of game - puck over glass), 0:19; Di Giuseppe, CAR (hooking), 9:14.
2nd period - Kane, SJ (hooking), 11:38; Kane, SJ (tripping), 17:25.
3rd period - McGinn, CAR (tripping), 7:50; Sorensen, SJ (interference), 7:50; Dillon, SJ (elbowing), 19:50.
Shots Saves
CAR - McElhinney 23 18
SJ - Jones 40 39
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CAR 17 12 11 40
SJ 9 7 7 23
Power Play Conversion
CAR 1 of 3
SJ 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Jones
Timo Meier
Joe Thornton
SAP Center - 17,119
Referees: Dwyer, Rank. Linesmen: Miller, MacPherson.
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