Continuing with their five game road trip and three-in-three weekend, the Worcester Sharks defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers) 3-2 Saturday night at the XL Center.
The Sharks, who won in Hartford for the first time since Oct. 2010, got goals from forwards Dan DaSilva, Sebastian Stalberg and Curt Gogol, while goaltender Harri Sateri made 30 saves for his eighth win of the season.
DaSilva put the Sharks ahead 1-0 at 2:44 of the first period with a one-timer blast from on top of the left face-off circle for a power play goal, his third goal of the season. Sharks defensemen Adam Comrie, who skated as a forward, and Dylan DeMelo were credited with the assists.
Stalberg extended the lead to 2-0 at 17:19 when he redirected Sharks defensemen Matt Tennyson's slap shot from the right point past Wolf Pack goaltender Jason Missiaen for his first goal of the season and first goal in his last 36 games.
"I was starting to doubt if I'd score again - seriously starting to doubt it," said Stalberg in a post game interview with Bill Ballou of Telegram.com. "It was lucky, but the way things have gone, I deserved some luck."
Stalberg's goal came seven seconds after Wolf Pack forward Micheal Haley was assessed a two minute minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. When the penalty expired, Haley went right back into the penalty box as he charged Sharks forward Marek Viedensky.
On the ensuing Sharks power play, Sharks defensemen Konrad Abeltshauser and Tennyson appeared to have a Wolf Pack two-on-two rush under control but the puck hopped over the stick of Tennyson, who was right in front of Sateri, and Wolf Pack forward Ryan Bourque fired the puck past Sateri for a shorthanded goal, his fifth goal of the season, at 19:44.
In the second period, DaSilva was kneed by Wolf Pack defenseman Bretton Stamler at 5:37, which resulted in Sharks defenseman Nick Petrecki dropping the gloves against Stamler in what was more a grappling contest. DaSilva was taken to the locker room but did eventually return to the game.
The Sharks increased their lead to 3-1 at 10:31 when forward Curt Gogol found a loose puck inside the left face-off circle and fired a laser of a shot past Missiaen for his third goal of the season. Sharks forward Brodie Reid was credited with the lone assist.
At 2:15 of the third period, the Wolf Pack cut the Sharks lead to 3-2 when forward Darrol Powe finished off an odd man rush with a snap shot from deep in the right slot that beat Sateri five-hole for his fourth goal of the season.
Unfazed by the Powe goal, Sateri made nine saves in the period, highlighted by his goal robbing saves on Wolf Pack forward Oscar Lindberg and defenseman Danny Syvret, to preserve a 3-2 Sharks win.
NOTES... Final shots were 40-32 in favor of the Sharks... The Sharks went 2-for-6 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill... Sateri is now 8-11-1 with a 2.82 goals-against-average and .897 save percentage... The Sharks dressed eight defenseman for the second consecutive game... DaSilva had a team high seven shots on goal... Stalberg's last goal was against the Providence Bruins on March 23, 2013... Sharks forward Matt Pelech broke his hand during his fight against Providence Bruins enforcer Bobby Robins on Friday night... Abeltshauser was credited with the secondary assist on Stalberg's goal... This was the second of four meetings between the teams this season... The Sharks are 1-0-1-0 against the Wolf Pack, 8-7-2-0 on the road and 14-14-2-1 with 31 points overall... The Sharks are back in action Sunday afternoon at 3:05pm/et as they travel to play their Atlantic Division rival the Providence Bruins.
1. Dan DaSilva - Sharks (1-0-1, seven shots on goal)
2. Harri Sateri - Sharks (30 saves, win)
3. Darrol Powe - Wolf Pack (1-1-2)
DaSilva / Oleksuk / Viedensky
Stalberg / Schwartz / Reid
Gogol / Brace / Livingston
Bonneau (A) / Comrie
Doherty / Petrecki
Davison (C) / Tennyson
DeMelo / Acolatse (A)