San Jose

Game Recap

Sharks 4, Hurricanes 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Sharks 4, Hurricanes 3
Carolina Hurricanes 3, San Jose Sharks 4

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Five games into his Sharks' career, center Joe Thornton already owns a team record. Welcome to San Jose, Joe.

"You just hope to come in and help win games," Thornton said after scoring a goal and recording three assists in the Sharks' 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. "This team has a lot of confidence right now and it's been fun playing out here."

Jonathan Cheechoo scored twice and Nils Ekman also had a goal for the Sharks, who have won five straight.

Rod Brind'Amour, Eric Staal and Craig Adams scored for the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes, who had won two consecutive in California.

The Sharks are undefeated since obtaining Thornton from Boston on Nov. 30. The former Bruins captain joined the team in Buffalo and immediately helped them end a 10-game winless streak. He has two goals and 10 assists in five games with San Jose, all victories.

He extended his multipoint streak to a team record five games.

"He's a gifted passer," Cheechoo said of his new teammate. "He always puts it flat for you and it's easy to shoot those. A couple happened to find the net."

Thornton was involved in all four goals. He scored his 11th with 15:53 remaining in the second period to put the Sharks ahead 1-0.

Carolina tied it just over two minutes later on Brind'Amour's 10th goal and his eighth on a power play. Cory Stillman extended his scoring streak to six games when he passed the puck to Brind'Amour from behind the net.

"We put a lot of pressure on them in the first period," Stillman said. "Then we took penalties and they made us pay."

Cheechoo scored his first goal with 6:39 left in the second period, one-timing a shot past goalie Martin Gerber after taking a cross-ice pass from Thornton.

"This team has made me feel comfortable from the get-go," Thornton said. "Cheechoo is shooting the puck so well right now. It's been a nice change and I welcomed it."

The Sharks struck again with 14:54 left. Thornton picked up a loose puck along the right boards, skated in and punched a couple of shots into Gerber's pads. The puck trickled free. Ekman, skating hard from the left, had an easy shot just inside the crease.

"I haven't been playing well this season," Ekman said. "But the trade kind of scared me. I don't want to be traded. I want to be part of this team. I'm feeling better and getting things done."

Cheechoo added a power-play goal 32 seconds later. Thornton had the puck along the boards, and while he was tripped up he managed to float it toward the middle. Ekman pushed the puck to Cheechoo, who fired a shot from the slot.

"We got into penalty trouble and lost it from there," Adams said. "We couldn't make anything work."

The Hurricanes scored twice in the final 12:23 to make it close. Staal scored a short-handed goal to get Carolina within 4-2. After Erik Cole carried the puck into the corner, Staal picked it up and put a shot between Evgeni Nabokov's pads.

With just under three minutes left, Chad LaRose intercepted a pass from Kyle McLaren and put a shot toward the goal that Adams redirected in.

Carolina managed to kill off two 5-on-3 penalties in the first period and have turned aside all eight two-man disadvantages this season.

Notes: Sharks C Patrick Marleau was given an assist in a late scoring change, and now has 11 assists in five games. ... Brind'Amour took an interference penalty in the first period to reach 900 career penalty minutes. ... Sharks LW Scott Thornton, Joe's cousin, has an assist in three straight games. ... The Hurricanes have scored nine power-play goals in six games. ... Carolina RW Justin Williams was in the starting lineup after missing practice on Friday with soreness in his left foot. ... Sharks C Alyn McCauley had his six-game point streak stopped. ... The Sharks improved to 5-0 against the Eastern Conference.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Joe Thornton (11) ASST: Jonathan Cheechoo (10), Christian Ehrhoff (4)
1 - 0 SJS
PPG - Rod Brind'Amour (10) ASST: Cory Stillman (18), Oleg Tverdovsky (9)
1 - 1 Tie
Jonathan Cheechoo (11) ASST: Joe Thornton (32), Scott Thornton (6)
2 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
Nisse Ekman (5) ASST: Joe Thornton (33), Tom Preissing (9)
3 - 1 SJS
PPG - Jonathan Cheechoo (12) ASST: Patrick Marleau (24), Joe Thornton (34)
4 - 1 SJS
SHG - Eric Staal (21) ASST: Erik Cole (15)
4 - 2 SJS
Craig Adams (2) ASST: Chad LaRose (2)
4 - 3 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
Rod Brind'Amour  Interference against  Douglas Murray
Aaron Ward  Cross checking against  Grant Stevenson
Mike Commodore  Holding against  Scott Thornton
Martin Gerber  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
Josh Langfeld  Tripping against  Oleg Tverdovsky
3rd Period
Eric Staal  Hooking against  Douglas Murray
Martin Gerber  Roughing against  Mark Smith
Mark Smith  Tripping against  Aaron Ward
Kevyn Adams  Diving
Kyle McLaren  Tripping
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
Martin Gerber
SA: 39TOI: 59:24
Saves: 35EV: 29 - 32
PIM: 4PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 1
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .906SH: 1 - 2