The San Jose Sharks continued their road trip with another devastating loss against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Even though the scoring momentum went back and forth, the Hurricanes clinched a 5-3 victory over the Sharks.
Both teams teams traveled to North Carolina on Thursday evening after playing games. Carolina flew in from Nashville after beating the Predators 5-2. The Sharks traveled after their winning streak halted in Pittsburg, where they lost to the Penguins 5-1.
Sharks got two of their goals in the first period. Tommy Wingels got his ninth goal of the year a little over seven minutes to play in the first. Wingels has more goals this season, than his previous three seasons with the Sharks combined. Jason Demers got the only assist. Their second goal came at 16:31 from defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, his fourth of the season. Captain Joe Thornton got his 27th assist of the season for Vlasic’s goal.
The Hurricanes came into the second ready to take control of the game. About halfway through the period, they were able to get on the scoreboard with a goal from Jay Harrison. They scored two more goals early in the third. Riley Nash tied the game with under five minutes in the third, followed by a goal from Jordan Staal to get the Hurricanes the lead.
The Sharks responded with a slap shot goal midway through the third. Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau got the assists for Justin Braun’s goal at nine and half minutes, which tied the game at 3-3.
Hurricanes center, Elias Lindholm, responded to the two Sharks’ goals by getting on the score board with six minutes left in regulation.
Alex Stalock, Sharks’ goaltender, was pulled at the end of third. The Sharks used an extra man on the ice in hopes of tying the game. Unfortunately for them, Eric Staal took a wrist shot to the empty net, giving the Hurricanes added security.
The 5-3 victory for the Carolina Hurricanes gave them their third consecutive win, for the first time this season. The Sharks lost their second game in two nights, with the opposing team getting five goals against.
The Sharks have one more game on the road before returning to the SAP Center. They will play Western Conference rivals, Minnesota Wild, on Sunday at 3PM. The Wild also lost on Friday, 4-0 to the Blue Jackets, and will be aiming for redemption on their home turf.