It was the second, and final installment of the Corsi Bowl and this time it was the San Jose Sharks coming out with a 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Sharks were playing with an extra jump in their game as the team looked to put the five-game road trip performance behind them. Early in the opening period, the Sharks went on the power play, and although they didn’t score, it set the offensive mentality that was to come.
A few minutes later, Barclay Goodrow put the Sharks on the board. Fast forward to the ten-minute mark, and the Sharks received their second power play of the period. This time the team was able to capitalize on the odd man opportunity as Tomas Hertl made it 2-0.
In the second period, the Sharks were able to put the game out of reach with two goals. The first came from Timo Meier, who redirected Radim Simek’s shot to score his 14th of the season. Then some puck luck shined on the Sharks when Joe Pavelski’s shot bounced off Jordan Staal and into the net to make it 4-0.
Down four goals, the Hurricanes were able to end the period with a goal on the power play, after Evander Kane gifted them a second chance on the man advantage with a tripping penalty.
It was a quiet third period by both teams as they generated chances but to no avail. Then midway through the third, the Sharks earned a fifth goal off some puck luck. Joe Thornton’s pass was initially meant for Meier, but ended up on Marcus Sorensen’s stick, who put it past Curtis McElhinney to ice the game.
Sharks won 5-1 and now head back out on the road. They will play in Dallas on Friday night at 5 p.m.
The Sharks are glad to be back in the friendly confines of the Shark Tank after their East Coast road trip didn’t go as planned, closing out in Montreal with a 1-3-1 record. Nonetheless, they ended it with a win, and they look to start a winning streak as they head back out with games in Dallas and Arizona.
For the Hurricanes, it’s game number two in their swing through California that got off to a bad start on Sunday with a loss against the Los Angeles Kings.
Once again, the lines are thrown into a blender tonight. Pete DeBoer has Logan Couture centering the first line with Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl on his wings. Tonight also sees the return of Timo Meier, who will play alongside Joe Thornton and Marcus Sorensen.
The blue line remains intact from the previous game in Montréal. Radim Simek is paired with Brent Burns while Brenden Dillon and Erik Karlsson remain a tandem. Finally, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun round up the defensive pairs for tonight.
As for the Hurricanes, they’ll have one welcome addition as Brett Pesce will make his return according to Sara Civian of The Athletic.
Per the Hurricanes, Brett Pesce makes his return tonight and Fleury is the healthy scratch. Practiced next to TvR. Maybe his return will make a few people thankful the Canes didn’t end up trading him just yet. We will see!— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) December 5, 2018
Here’s how the lines will look like for the Hurricanes, per NHL.com:
Sebastian Aho — Jordan Staal — Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn — Victor Rask — Justin Williams
Andrei Svechnikov — Lucas Wallmark — Jordan Martinook
Warren Foegele — Clark Bishop — Phillip Di Giuseppe
Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton
Calvin de Haan — Justin Faulk
Trevor van Riemsdyk — Brett Pesce
In net, Martin Jones gets the start after a stellar performance against the Montréal Canadiens, especially in the third period to help the Sharks salvage a victory on their road trip. As for the Hurricanes, it looks as though they’ll ride with Curtis McElhinney in net.
Finally, here are some stats for tonight’s matchup.
The game will be broadcast in the Bay Area on NBCS-CA. Radio call on 98.5 KFOX. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.
20:00: Let’s drop the puck!
19:48: Power Play! Eric Staal gets the penalty and it’s an early power play for the Sharks
17:48: Hurricanes are able to kill the penalty
16:16: GOAL! Barclay Goodrow gets the first goal of the night.
10:46: Power Play! Hurricanes get called for hooking and the Sharks get their second power play of the period
9:50: GOAL! Sharks take advantage of the power play opportunity and it’s 2-0 courtesy of Tomas Hertl
7:38: Aho had a scoring opportunity but Jones is there to deny him
4:30: Kane sets up Couture but McElhinney says no to keep the score at 2-0 Sharks.
2:18: Hurricanes with an odd-man chance but Jones stonewalls them
:13: A late scoring chance for the Hurricanes but Jones is on his A-game to prevent them from scoring late in the period
16:49: Sharks with a rush and Kane with a shot but McElhinney is there to stop the puck
15:05: Pesce fires from the blue line but Jones gobbles the puck
14:19: Sharks with an odd man rush but McElhinney is there to deny Meier
13:08: Sharks create some scoring chances put are unable to beat McElhinney
11:18: GOAL! Meier redirects Šimek’s shot and it’s 3-0 Sharks
8:22: Penalty. The Sharks head to the penalty kill after Kane is called for hooking
7:10: Injury. Dillion heads to the locker room with an injury
6:22: Sharks are able to kill the hooking penalty
4:58: GOAL! Pavelski gets some luck as the puck goes off Staal, so some puck luck there for the Sharks
2:35: Penalty. Kane returns to the penalty box, this time for tripping.
1:29: Goal. Hurricanes make it 4-1 after scoring on the power play.
16:10: Jones with a casual save off a Rask, remains on his game despite giving up one goal
13:40: Hurricanes are generating shots but can’t find the back of the net.
12:16: Scoring chance for the Sharks as Thornton sets up Sorensen but his redirect goes wide
12:11: Some four-on-four hockey after off-setting penalties
8:42: Jones makes another key save off a redirect shot from Justin Williams
7:11: Couture skates in but McElhinney is there to deny him
5:45: More puck luck for the Sharks as Williams shot hits the post and out
4:17: GOAL! Thornton originally sets up Meier but it bounces off him and onto Sorensen’s stick and it’s 5-1 Sharks
:43: Even in the final seconds Jones doesn’t give the Hurricanes an opportunity to score
:09: Sharks with a hit on Andrei Svechnikov and it creates a scrum
Final: Sharks 5, Hurricanes 1