NHL Game Summary - Carolina at San Jose |
(Saturday, December 10th)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Carolina 3
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Joe Thornton scored a goal and picked up three
assists as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, at the
Since the Thornton deal, the Sharks have won five in a row and he has picked
up 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in five games.
Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves and Jonathan Cheechoo scored two goals as San
Jose has won five of seven and eight of the last 13 meetings against the
Eric Staal netted his 21st goal of the season in the Carolina loss, its first
in three games. Martin Gerber allowed four goals on 39 shots.
With 6:39 remaining in the second and the game tied at 1-1, the Sharks grabbed
the lead with Cheechoo netting his 11th goal of the season. Thornton dashed
into the Carolina zone and from below the right face-off circle made a nifty
backhand pass across to Cheechoo, who one-timed the puck past a diving a
Gerber for the goal.
"I think the team has a lot of confidence right now," said Thornton. "It's
been fun playing out here. You just come in and win some games and help out
the team as much as you can. It's been all twenty guys, it isn't just me."
Nils Ekman gave San Jose a two-goal cushion just over five minutes into the
final frame. Thornton crashed the net attempting to stuff the puck home but
Gerber made the save. However, the rebound bounced out to Ekman, who slapped
it home for the 3-1 edge.
Cheechoo netted his second of the game 32 seconds later, scoring on a slap
shot from the slot and giving the Sharks a 4-1 advantage.
"He's (Thornton) just a gifted passer," said Cheechoo. "He always puts it flat
for you. Just got to tee it up, and luckily a couple found the net tonight."
Staal scored a shorthanded goal, his third of the season, with 12:23 remaining
in the game, making it 4-2. Staal controlled the puck from behind the San Jose
net and, on a wrap around, slid the puck through Nabokov's legs.
With 2:36 left in regulation, Craig Adams deflected a Chad LaRose back hand
shot past Nabokov making it a 4-3 game. The Hurricanes had three quality
scoring chances in the final minute, but Nabokov stood tall to preserve the
"We threw everything we had at them in the third and we had some chances, we
just came up short," said Adams.
The Sharks took a 1-0 lead with Thornton scoring his second goal as a Shark
about four minutes into the second stanza. Christian Ehrhoff sent a pass from
the point to Thornton at the left side of the net and he wristed the puck
through Gerber's five-hole.
Just over two minutes later, the Hurricanes tied it up at 1-1 with Rod
Brind'Amour's 10th goal of the season. On the power play, Brind'Amour snapped
the puck on net from the right face-off circle and, with Justin Williams
screening Nabokov, the disc found its way in the back of the net.
San Jose was 1-of-6 on the power play while Carolina was 1-of-2...Carolina
forward Cory Stillman extended his point streak to four games, picking up an
assist...Canes defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky picked up his 300th career
point...The Sharks are 7-3-2 at home this year while the Hurricanes are 9-5-2
on the road...Carolina has dropped three straight and four of its last five
at the Shark Tank.
12/11 02:13:43 ET