Sharks

Sharks blow through Hurricanes for second straight win

Sharks blow through Hurricanes for second straight win

BOX SCORE

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After their worst stretch of the season, the San Jose Sharks are back on the winning track.

Brent Burns had a goal and an assist, and the Sharks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Sunday.

Timo Meier and Chris Tierney scored, and Aaron Dell stopped 29 shots for this first win in two weeks. San Jose never trailed as it won their second straight following a season-high four-game losing streak.

"I wouldn't say we're rounding into form, I think we just got back to it," Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. "Real big commitment, it's created a little bit of momentum. Everyone is buying in."

Sebastain Aho scored for the Hurricanes, who missed a chance to move into sole possession of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot. Cam Ward made 23 saves and saw his personal three-game win streak snapped.

The Hurricanes were outshot 12-5 in a lethargic first period, by the end of which they trailed 2-1. Coach Bill Peters said major lineup changes are in store following the effort.

"Disappointing effort. Disappointing preparation. We got what we deserved," Peters said. "(The lineup) will be different Tuesday. There's three healthy bodies (in reserve), and if it's not those three, there's a group down in (AHL affiliate) Charlotte, too."

"You can't put that group out again after that. It's not acceptable. They let each other down, too, in the room. That's not right," he said.

San Jose took advantage of the Hurricanes' listlessness to jump in front early and stayed there most of the game.

Meier opened the scoring 4:06 into the first period. Joonas Donskoi took control of the puck in the right corner and passed to an uncovered Meier in front of the net, and he put a one-timer past Ward's outstretched left pad.

Aho briefly tied it for the Hurricanes in the first. Jordan Staal intercepted a pass at the Sharks' left faceoff circle and dished a backhander toward the goal line Aho, who beat Dell.

But San Jose took the lead back with 35 seconds left in the opening period, when Carolina once again left a man wide open in front of the net. This time it was Tierney, who settled a pass from Melker Karlsson in the corner and flipped a backhander past Ward.

"I was surprised how much time I had," Tierney said. "We try to make plays in the corner and lose guys and create opportunities in space for ourselves. I think we just were rolling around down there and got loose a couple of times and made them pay."

Burns made it 3-1 just 2:03 into the second. Aided by a screen from Barclay Goodrow, Burns' casual turnaround slap shot from the point slipped under Ward's glove to give San Jose a comfortable two-goal cushion.

That was enough for Dell, who had a redemptive performance after allowing five and six goals, respectively, in his previous two starts. After allowing Aho's goal, Dell stopped the final 25 shots he faced.

"It's just good to get the win on this one," Dell said. "It was an important game. Standings are close right now. The win is that only thing that really matters. As long as we get the win, it doesn't matter how many I give up."

NOTES:
Aho has eight goals in his last 10 games. ... Meier leads the Sharks in goals (10) since Dec. 1. ... Sharks D Justin Braun played his 500th career game. ... Goodrow played his 100th game.

UP NEXT:
Sharks: Wrap up their five-game road trip at Colorado on Tuesday.

Hurricanes: Host Philadelphia on Tuesday in the fifth of their eight-game homestand.

Sharks pick up first win of homestand as Burns moves back to blueline

sharks-win-ap.jpg
AP

Sharks pick up first win of homestand as Burns moves back to blueline

BOX SCORE

SAN JOSE --Brent Burns and Chris Tierney each had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday for their third win in four games.

Mikkel Boedker and Marcus Sorensen also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 3-0-1 against the Canucks this season. Martin Jones stopped 29 shots.

Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks, who lost their sixth in seven games. Anders Nilsson made 40 stops.

Boedker scored at 8:41 of the first period, picking up a soft rebound from Tierney's shot.

Burns scored his 10th goal, tops among NHL defensemen, taking a pass from Joakim Ryan and sending a laser shot into the net just under five minutes into the second.

Sorensen scored his first goal since Dec. 23, punching it in with an assist from Justin Braun at 3:06 into the third. Marc-Edouard Vlasic had an assist in his third straight game, getting the second assist on Sorensen's goal.

Sedin scored at 6:43, taking a nice pass from Thomas Vanek that gave him clear shot into the net. It was Sedin's 14th goal, one shy of his total last season.

Tierney made it 4-1 after taking a nice pass from Burns with 7 1/2 minutes remaining.

NOTES:Tim Heed was recalled from the AHL and joined a makeshift Sharks lineup, allowing Burns to play up front at times. ... Sharks C Logan Couture has points in four of his last five games. ... Boedker recorded games in consecutive games for the second time this season, and the first since Jan. 15-16. ... Sedin has five points against the Sharks this season and 45 in 69 games. He's recorded points in three straight.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Host Boston on Saturday.

Sharks: Host Dallas on Sunday.

Sharks co-prez: Original fin logo to 'start showing back up again'

sharks-fins-logos.jpg
AP

Sharks co-prez: Original fin logo to 'start showing back up again'

Fans of the original set of San Jose Sharks logos can rejoice: The fin is coming back in a yet-to-be-announced capacity. 

The original secondary logo, a gray fin atop a teal background enclosed by a black circle, "will start showing back up again in a special surprise appearance next year," Sharks co-president Jonathan Becher told NBC Sports California in an interview with Brodie Brazil and alongside co-president John Tortora on Sharks Pregame Live. The logo appeared as a shoulder patch on the team's home and away jerseys from 1991-98, and on its black alternate jersey from 2001-07.

Becher did not elaborate what form that 'special surprise appearance' will take, but it's possible it will appear on an alternate jersey. In Adidas' first season as the league's jersey manufacturer, no teams have alternate jerseys this year, aside from the teams that played in the league's various outdoor games. 

That's reportedly set to change next season. 24-26 teams will have alternate jerseys, the league told Greg Wyshynski in June, and some teams will utilize previous designs. The Sharks wore a version of their original teal jersey as a 25th anniversary alternate during the 2015-16 season -- perhaps it will return next season? 

Becher also told NBC Sports California that the team's newest alternate logo, the 'yelling shark' featured on the shoulders of their current teal jerseys, will begin making more appearances. It will not replace the current logo, Becher said.