Highlights: Sharks earn point in OT loss to Carolina
The win snapped Carolina’s five-game losing streak. The Sharks are 2-1-1 in four games since the Olympic break. (AP)
SAN JOSE – Jay Harrison’s goal in the final minute of overtime gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 win over the Sharks at SAP Center on Tuesday night.
Harrison deposited a backhanded pass through the slot by Elias Lindholm into a wide open net with 41.2 seconds to go. The play began with a shot that never reached the net by Andrej Sekera.
The win snapped Carolina’s five-game losing streak. The Sharks are 2-1-1 in four games since the Olympic break.
The Sharks erased an early 1-0 hole with a pair of goals by the third and fourth lines to take an advantage into the dressing room after 20 minutes.
First, Marty Havlat was able to deposit a fortunate rebound to his tape at 13:05, after Tyler Kennedy aimed the puck towards goalie Anton Khudobin from the far side of the circle near the wall. Havlat’s fifth goal tied the game.
Late in the first, Brent Burns finally snapped out of his funk with his first goal in 20 games. An aggressive, forechecking James Sheppard forced a turnover behind the net, and Sheppard fed Raffi Torres in front. Torres, who was skating well all night, feathered a pass to Burns who directed a half-slapper into the corner at 19:32.
Carolina had the better chances and only goal of the middle frame. The Sharks somehow lost track of Lindholm, who floated into the slot and hammered in a pass from Eric Staal at 4:16.
In the third period, Burns was back up on the Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski line, and that group led the way in a strong third period. The Sharks outshot the Hurricanes 16-7 in the final frame but couldn’t find the go-ahead marker. Burns had a good chance driving through the crease with about 12 minutes to go, and Logan Couture’s one-timer from the circle handcuffed Khudobin before bouncing harmlessly away.
The Hurricanes took the lead at 12:07 of the first on a breakaway goal by Jiri Tlusty, who split Jason Demers and Scott Hannan and slid a backhander through Alex Stalock’s five-hole.
Stalock was making back-to-back starts for the first time in his career. He’s been between the pipes for three of the Sharks’ first four games coming out of the Olympic break.
Torres was making his SAP Center debut this season after returning from a knee injury sustained in the preseason.
San Jose set a new franchise record by going 18 straight games without a goal by a defenseman.
The Sharks had just 20 seconds of power play time, and did not convert. They are 2-for-38 in their last 13 games.
Carolina was 0-for-2, and the Sharks have killed off 17 of their last 18 power plays against over a six-game span.
Stalock, who gave up four goals in a 5-3 loss in Raleigh on Dec. 6, took the loss with 32 saves.
Khudobin, in his first career appearance against San Jose, stopped 35 Sharks shots.
Sheppard has five points (1g, 4a) in his last five games.
Burns started the night on a line with Torres and Sheppard, but switched places with Matt Nieto late in the second.
The defense pair of Matt Irwin and Justin Braun was split up, after some suspect play by Irwin in the Sharks’ zone. Irwin and Dan Boyle skated together while Braun was paired with Hannan about midway through regulation.
Carolina was without young, rising defenseman Justin Faulk (upper body), who was hurt in Anaheim on Sunday.
The Sharks’ four-game homestand continues with Pittsburgh on Thursday, Montreal on Saturday and Toronto next Tuesday, March 11.
San Jose played in the fifth of 12 straight games against Eastern Conference opponents.