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Sharks blow through Hurricanes for second straight win

Sharks blow through Hurricanes for second straight win


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."

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.

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.

Eddie D owning the suddenly-available Panthers? It's not the result to bet on


Eddie D owning the suddenly-available Panthers? It's not the result to bet on

Normally a tweet should not pique your interest, because there are so many tweets and so little interest, but ESPN’s Jim Trotter informs the planet that among the people stacking up over Charlotte Douglas International Airport to get a crack at the suddenly-available NFL franchise there is your friend and his, Eddie DeBartolo.

Yes, THAT Eddie DeBartolo. Of the Youngstown-via-San-Francisco DeBartolos. As if there could be any other.

This is just one of those “sources” specials, which is to say there is verifiable smoke but not yet enough visible fire. Plus, DeBartolo has never made much of a secret of his interest in running another team – maybe just to see if he could handle a salary cap that is higher than the highest payroll he ever had in his time running the  49ers.

So the single-digit addition is pretty easy to make; of course DeBartolo would like to get back in the biz, and of course he would like to be the guy in charge of the group he is trying to assemble for what we suspect is probably going to be a sale in the neighborhood of $3 billion.

That’s not the result to bet on, of course. The NFL is an old-boys club, but it has never had an owner be forced out and then try to come back later with another team. I mean, this isn’t baseball.

But it would be delicious to see Jed and his original ownership beacon facing each other across a mahogany table, or sitting in adjoining suites, or just sniping on antisocial media without mentioning each other’s names.

It would be one of those daftly charming things the NFL could do to show that it isn’t just a rolling hot mess with games.

But that would probably be too risky a concept for the 31 geezers – and yes, you can also say that for the Diddy rumors, the Stephen Curry rumors, the Michael Jordan rumors, the Oprah Winfrey rumors and all the other rumors afloat in the wake of Jerry Richardson’s panicked exit from the scrutiny that is about to melt him.

The business doesn’t play that.

Too bad, too. Just as Diddy would have been an owner beyond their scope of understanding, so would Eddie. Indeed, it would be worth seeing the two of them meet up, pool their investors and make the over-the-top bid of the century, upsetting the entire orchard in one madcap flip.

I mean, their chances wouldn’t have been any better, but who wouldn’t want to see Jerry Jones’ head explode just for snicks and giggles? That alone makes this a good idea.

Not just a doable one, sadly. The NFL doesn’t do sense of humor the way it used to.

Sharks complete crazy comeback against 'Canes


Sharks complete crazy comeback against 'Canes


SAN JOSE -- Brett Burns scored 22 seconds into overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks over the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Thursday night.

Barclay Goodrow scored a short-handed goal with just over eight minutes to play in regulation to tie it at 4, capping the Sharks' rally from a three-goal deficit.

Logan Couture scored on a power play three minutes earlier. Melker Karlsson also scored a short-handed goal and Joe Thornton had a power-play goal to move into 19th place on the career points list at 1,409.

Sebastian Aho scored twice within a five-minute span of the first period, Victor Rask also scored during that stretch and the Hurricanes took a 3-0 edge. Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost three of four.

Martin Jones stopped 21 shots for the Sharks. Cam Ward had 28 saves for Carolina.

The Hurricanes scored three times within 5:13 in the first period, eliciting scattered boos from the crowd. Aho scored twice, sandwiched around Rask's score.

The Sharks got one back on Karlsson's goal before Skinner made it 4-1. Thornton's power-play goal brought the Sharks within 4-2 entering the final period.

NOTES: Sharks D Brendan Dillon served his one-game suspension for a slash against Washington. ... Sharks D Paul Martin was on the ice for the first time since Oct. 7 due to injury. ... D Tim Heed missed his fifth game with an upper-body injury. ... The Hurricanes have been outscored 11-3 in the second period in their past eight games. ... Thornton's power-play goal ended Carolina's streak of 24 straight penalty kills against the Sharks dating to 2012. ... Hurricanes C Derek Ryan appeared in his 100th NHL contest.


Hurricanes: Play at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, the third of six straight on the road.

Sharks: Host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.