NHL Game Summary - Carolina at San Jose|
(Tuesday, October 19th)
Final Score: Carolina 5, San Jose 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Chad LaRose tallied a goal and two assists
while goaltender Cam Ward was stellar with 41 saves, as the Carolina
Hurricanes defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-2, at HP Pavilion.
Eric Staal, Erik Cole and Patrick Dwyer also scored for Carolina, which halted
a two-game skid and improved its record to 3-2 on the young season.
"I felt really good," Ward said. "We had tremendous puck pursuit and our
penalty kill was excellent."
Patrick Marleau scored both goals for the Sharks, who are winless in three
straight games since their season-opening win. San Jose will now embark on a
three-game road trip which begins in Denver on Thursday against the Avalanche.
San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi allowed five goals on 31 shots.
The Hurricanes opened the scoring on Staal's short-handed tally at the 5:56
mark of the first period. LaRose skated down the right side on a 2-on-1 and
sent a cross-ice pass to Staal, who lit the lamp with a wrister from the
bottom of the left circle.
Cole's rebound goal from the slot with 2:25 to go in the first stanza gave the
visitors a 2-0 edge. After a failed stuff attempt at the right post, the puck
made its way back to Tim Gleason at the left point. Gleason's blast was saved
by Niemi, but the rebound was loose and Cole punched it home.
Carolina moved ahead by three 2:43 into the second period on Dwyer's goal.
However, later in the second, Marleau scored twice in under four minutes and
brought the Sharks back into the game. At 6:34, Marleau's first goal of the
season cut the San Jose deficit to 3-1. Marleau held control along the goal
line to the left of the net and passed into the slot for Dan Boyle, who was
all alone. Boyle's wrist shot was deflected by Marleau from the top of the
crease and sailed into the back of the net.
Near the midpoint of the middle session, Marleau struck again. He out-muscled
Anton Babchuk for control of the puck along the lower left half-wall, moved in
on a partial breakaway and, from a sharp angle below the circle, beat Ward
with a low wrist shot.
A strong defensive effort by Staal led to Carolina's fourth goal. Douglas
Murray had his stick lifted by Staal deep in San Jose's defensive zone along
the right rear boards. Staal then gained control of the puck, skated toward
the net and passed across the crease for an easy tip-in goal by LaRose near
the left post at the 2:11 mark of the third period.
The victory was sealed by Joni Pitkanen's laser slap shot from the top of the
left circle that beat Niemi over the far shoulder with 12:55 to play in
"We missed a number of chances around the net," Sharks head coach Todd
McLellan said. "We had a number of turnovers and out-numbered rushes that we
gave up. It's unacceptable."
This was Marleau's 42nd career two-goal game...The Sharks were 1-for-5 on the
power play, while the Hurricanes were scoreless on their four chances with the
extra skater...Ward made 17 saves in the second period and 15 in the third.
10/20 02:55:48 ET