Hurricanes surge past Sharks

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes used a strong third period to extend their winning streak to three games.

The Hurricanes scored four goals in the third period to rally past the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Friday night.

"That was our best game of the year," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said.

Elias Lindholm had a goal and two assists to lead the Hurricanes, including the game-winner with six minutes remaining.

Jordan Staal, Eric Staal, Riley Nash and Jay Harrison had Carolina's other goals.

Cam Ward made 22 saves for the Hurricanes in his return to the lineup after sitting out Carolina's previous two games.

Justin Braun, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tommy Wingels scored for the Sharks. Joe Thornton extended his point streak to eight games with an assist in the first period.

Backup goalie Alex Stalock made 30 saves, and San Jose lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

Before the loss to the Hurricanes and Thursday's 5-1 defeat against Pittsburgh, San Jose had won six in a row.

"I don't see an energized team right now," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "I see us chasing and the other team dictating the pace of the game. I see us making sloppy plays, sloppy passes — even missing assignments that are defensive assignments that we should be able to do in our sleep right now.

"That could be lazy or that could be fatigue. We have to figure that part out."

Lindholm's go-ahead goal came on a deflection on Andrej Sekera's wrist shot. Lindholm knocked it through Stalock's legs after Sekera skated around the perimeter.

It was the first career multi-point game for Lindholm, who was Carolina's first-round pick and fifth overall in the 2013 draft.

"That was the player we drafted," Muller said.

Eric Staal then added an empty-net goal with 30.2 seconds remaining.

"That has got to be a big confidence builder for our guys tonight — to beat a team like that who we have a lot of respect for tonight," Muller said.

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