Carolina 5, San Jose 3

Friday, December 6, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
San Jose 19-5-1-4 10-1-0-2 9-4-1-2 L2
Carolina 13-12-2-3 7-6-1-3 6-6-1-0 W3


Hurricanes 5, Sharks 3: Rookie Elias Lindholm scored the go-ahead goal with six minutes remaining in the third period and added a pair of assists as Carolina rallied past visiting San Jose for its third straight victory.
Jordan Staal, defenseman Jay Harrison and Riley Nash each had a goal and an assist for Carolina while captain Eric Staal sealed it with an empty-net tally in the final minute. Lindholm deflected defenseman Andrej Sekera’s shot past Alex Stalock for his first career game-winner and Cam Ward made 22 saves for the victory.

Tommy Wingels and defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun scored for San Jose, which dropped to 1-2-0 on its four-game road trip. Stalock turned aside 30 shots in his first career regulation loss (4-1-1).

Stalock made 13 saves in the first period, including a big right pad stop on Nathan Gerbe, as the Sharks built a 2-0 lead. Wingels moved in front of the crease and deflected defenseman Jason Demers’ shot from the right point past Ward 7:09 into the contest after Carolina had turned over the puck.

Vlasic doubled the advantage with 3:29 left in the first, taking a pass from captain Joe Thornton and hammering a shot from the left point past a screened Ward. The Hurricanes cut the deficit in half when Harrison’s left-point shot bounced off the end boards and caromed off Stalock and into the net 11:36 into the second session.

Stalock, making his fourth career start, featured another big stop on a wide-open Gerbe in front among 11 saves in the second as the Sharks held the 2-1 lead. However, the Hurricanes forged a tie 4:54 into the third, when Nash got his stick on Harrison's shot from the left point.

Carolina kept pressuring and took the lead 1:48 later as Jordan Staal was able to get to a loose puck at the right post and stuff it home. San Jose did not waste much time answering as Braun’s shot from the point whistled through a screen and past Ward’s glove at 9:35.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Thornton moved past Johnny Bucyk and Mike Modano with his 814th career assist, tying Gilbert Perreault for 24th on the all-time list. … The Hurricanes placed D Mike Komisarek (upper body) on injured reserve and recalled LW Zach Boychuk, who made his season debut and assisted on Harrison’s goal. … San Jose D Brad Stuart was rested while RWs Matt Pelech and Mike Brown also were scratched.

Top Game Performances

San Jose   Carolina
Justin Braun 1 Points Elias Lindholm 3
Justin Braun 1 Goals Elias Lindholm 1
Jason Demers 1 Assists Elias Lindholm 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Alex Stalock .882 Save Percentage Cam Ward .880
Alex Stalock 30 Saves Cam Ward 22

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 25 3 0-2 1-1 2 33
Carolina 35 5 0-1 2-2 4 34

Upcoming Games

  • Carolina will play its next game on the road against Vancouver. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .462 after a win and .412 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play its next game on the road against Minnesota. The Sharks have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .444 after a loss.
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