SJS
51-22-9
CAR
36-35-11

25 SOG
35 SOG

Hurricanes score four goals in third to beat Sharks

Kurt Dusterberg  - NHL.com Correspondent | Friday, 12.06.2013 / 11:30 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. -- As the calendar turned to December, Carolina coach Kirk Muller continued to deliver the same message he has preached since the start of the season. There was only one problem: The results were just so-so.

But after rallying to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Friday night, the Hurricanes (13-12-5) have something tangible to show for their effort: their first three-game winning streak of the season.

The Hurricanes trailed 2-0 midway through the game before storming back during an action-packed third period. Rookie forward Elias Lindholm scored on a deflection with six minutes left in regulation to break a 3-3 tie.

Carolina has found some offensive touch during its winning streak, outscoring opponents 14-6 during the three games.

At 10-12-5 to begin the week, the Hurricanes didn't have the start they wanted, but Muller saw signs that the team was pointed in the right direction.

"We felt we were going according to plan really," Muller said. "We said we wanted to get better defending and better without the puck if we want to compete and battle for the playoffs. When you do that, you've got to break some habits and patterns. We weren't scoring much, and the results weren't there. But now they're getting things put together. Now the results are happening, and it's all about playing the right way."

The Hurricanes felt they were doing things right in the first period, despite trailing 2-0 at intermission.

The Sharks opened the scoring at 7:09 after Tommy Wingels set a screen in front of Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward and redirected Jason Demers' shot into the net. San Jose made it 2-0 at 16:31 when Marc-Edouard Vlasic's wrist shot from the left-wing boards slipped between Ward's pads.

But defenseman Jay Harrison got the Hurricanes on the board at 11:36 of the second period, sending a wrister that hit the end boards and caromed off the skate of Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock's before sliding into the net. Carolina tied the game at 4:54 of the third period on Riley Nash's redirection in the slot, and suddenly it was a new game.

"We felt good about the way we were playing," said Nash, who also scored in Carolina's 5-2 road win against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. 'There were two [San Jose shots] from the point that were lucky. Overall, we were getting chances and getting the puck deep. It just wasn't going our way early but we stuck to it."

Less than two minutes later, Jordan Staal gave the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead when he poked in a loose puck at the right post that Stalock initially thought he had covered with his glove. San Jose defenseman Justin Braun made it 3-3 at 9:35, beating Ward with a shot from just inside the blue line.

That's when Lindholm took center stage. After assisting on the two previous goals, Lindholm, the fifth player taken in the 2013 NHL Draft, got position in the slot and deflected Andrej Sekera's shot past Stalock at 14:00 to give Carolina a 4-3 lead. It was the Swedish rookie's first multi-point game.

"That's the player we drafted," Muller said. "It's a tough league and you have to get adjusted. You're seeing signs of what kind of player he is. He's smart, he's got hockey sense, he can make plays in small areas. That was a lot of fun to see him get results."

After a six-game stint with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League during November, Lindholm is beginning to find his game.

"It's the best league in the world, and it takes some time to get adjusted to this," Lindholm said. "I think I have played all right. Maybe the time in Charlotte was good for me, but it feels better and better for me every game. I try to play my game and build some more confidence."

Eric Staal's empty-netter sealed the victory, which moved the Hurricanes into second place in the Metropolitan Division. Carolina has 31 points, one more than the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals; however, both teams have games in hand on the Hurricanes.

The loss didn't sit well with Sharks coach Todd McLellan. After losing 5-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, San Jose (19-5-5) has dropped two in a row after a six-game winning streak. The Sharks finish a four-game road trip against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

"[There are] some concerns about the group right now," McLellan said. "I don't know if we're playing with the energy we played with earlier in the year, and I don't know why that is.

"We don't have the jump, we're not using our heads very well, and we make some uncharacteristic mistakes. We need to regroup, to get some rest. I hope that is the case."

The Hurricanes, on the other hand, have fewer concerns than they did even a week ago. Staying the course has paid off.

"We had talked about bringing our game consistently and we haven't done that this year," said Jordan Staal, who has three goals in the past five games. "Three big games in a row really help this team build and keep it moving forward."

1st2nd3rdT
SJS
CAR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:09SJS Tommy Wingels (9) ASST: Jason Demers (12) 1 - 0 SJS
16:31SJS Marc-Edouard Vlasic (4) ASST: Joe Thornton (27), Tomas Hertl (9) 2 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
11:36CAR Jay Harrison (2) ASST: Zach Boychuk (1), Riley Nash (4) 2 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
04:54CAR Riley Nash (3) ASST: Jay Harrison (5), Elias Lindholm (2) 2 - 2 Tie
06:42CAR Jordan Staal (6) ASST: Nathan Gerbe (6), Elias Lindholm (3) 3 - 2 CAR
09:35SJS Justin Braun (3) ASST: Patrick Marleau (15), Joe Pavelski (18) 3 - 3 Tie
14:00CAR Elias Lindholm (3) ASST: Andrej Sekera (10), Jordan Staal (6) 4 - 3 CAR
19:29CAR EN - Eric Staal (7) ASST: NONE 5 - 3 CAR
Three Stars of the Game
Elias Lindholm
1st
Elias Lindholm
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:51
Jordan Staal
2nd
Jordan Staal
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:46
Riley Nash
3rd
Riley Nash
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 8:36
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:38SJS Brent Burns  Hooking against  Jordan Staal
09:33CAR Eric Staal  Interference against  John McCarthy
18:28CAR Eric Staal  Elbowing against  Dan Boyle
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodSJSCAR
1st1013
2nd812
3rd710
Total2535
Team Stats
CategorySJSCAR
Power Plays0/20/1
Hits2122
Faceoff Wins3334
Giveaways810
Takeaways1211
Blocked Shots2023
Penalty Minutes24
  • SAN JOSE
  • CAROLINA
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5J. DemersD01-11018:23
8J. PavelskiC0101017:21
9M. HavlatL0001015:55
10A. DesjardinsC0000010:06
12P. MarleauL01-13018:04
15J. SheppardL00-10011:30
19J. ThorntonC01-23020:34
22D. BoyleD00-10021:13
27S. HannanD00-21016:32
39L. CoutureC0003015:22
43J. McCarthyL0000010:22
44M. VlasicD1003020:40
48T. HertlC0100017:41
52M. IrwinD0002021:13
57T. WingelsC10-12014:14
61J. BraunD1001020:02
81T. KennedyR00-11012:47
88B. BurnsD00-13216:55
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32A. Stalock3034.88259:06
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4A. SekeraD0132022:12
6T. GleasonD0001018:13
7R. MurphyD00-11019:17
8K. WestgarthR000004:45
11J. StaalC1115017:46
12E. StaalC1004421:58
14N. GerbeL0116016:52
15T. RuutuL00-22019:58
16E. LindholmC1221015:51
18R. DvorakR0011012:58
19J. TlustyL0031014:09
20R. NashC111308:36
22M. MalhotraC0000011:52
27J. FaulkD0022021:57
32Z. BoychukL011207:53
44J. HarrisonD1102017:31
53J. SkinnerL00-22023:22
65R. HainseyD0000020:50
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30C. Ward2225.88060:00