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San Jose 3, Carolina 1
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, February 4, 2018
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Referees: Graham Skilliter, Wes McCauley
Linesmen: Brandon Gawryletz, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 11614
Brent Burns supplied a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks used a strong beginning to pick up a 3-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

Timo Meier and Chris Tierney also scored for the Sharks, who won their second game in a row after losing four straight.

San Jose goalie Aaron Dell stopped 29 shots. Dell didn't play in the team's previous three games, though he improved his record to 13-4-3 this season.

Sebastian Aho scored for Carolina, which lost for the second straight game.

Goalie Cam Ward made 23 saves for the Hurricanes.

The Sharks, who've won back-to-back road games for the second time in a month's span, are 2-1-1 four games into a five-game road stretch.

The teams entered the game as the top two in NHL power-play production across the past 14 games, but all the goals came in even-strength situations. Carolina came up empty on the game's lone power-play opportunity.

Meier took a pass from Joonas Donskoi, who was in the corner, for his 12th goal of the season.

Aho tied the game in the first period with his third goal in four games since returning from injuries that kept him out of the lineup for a couple of weeks. He has a team-leading 19 goals.

Tierney put the Sharks back in front with 36 seconds remaining in the first period before Burns tallied just 2:03 into the second period. Burns has recorded two goals in the past four games, with a total of 12 points in the last 10 games.

The Hurricanes perked up with 12 shots in the second period, but they didn't score. They didn't apply much pressure in the third period, with only five shots across the first 17 minutes before applying more pressure when Ward was pulled for an extra attacker and finishing the period with 13 shots on goal.

The Hurricanes have split the first four games of a season-long eight-game homestand.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
San Jose   Carolina
Brent Burns 2 Points Sebastian Aho 1
Brent Burns 1 Goals Sebastian Aho 1
Brent Burns 1 Assists Jordan Staal 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Aaron Dell .967 Save Percentage Cam Ward .885
Aaron Dell 29 Saves Cam Ward 23
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 26 3 0-0 1-1 7 26
Carolina 30 1 0-1 0-0 5 24
Upcoming Games
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .440 after a win and .464 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play their next game on the road against Colorado. The Sharks have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .583 after a loss.