SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Eric Staal(notes) scored a short-handed goal and Cam Ward(notes) made 41 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes get their first win on American soil, beating the San Jose Sharks 5-2 Tuesday night.
Erik Cole(notes), Patrick Dwyer, Chad LaRose(notes) and Joni Pitkanen(notes) also scored for the Hurricanes, who ended a two-game slide and won for the first time since sweeping the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland.
Staal scored Carolina’s first short-handed goal of the season 6 minutes into the game. The Sharks allowed a short-handed goal for the second consecutive game.
The Hurricanes, still a week away from playing their first home game, scored the first three goals.
Following Staal’s early goal at 5:56, Cole scored on a rebound for his first of the season at 17:35 of the first.
LaRose picked off a pass early in the second period to set up Dwyer’s goal, making it 3-0.
Staal stole the puck from Doug Murray in the far corner and flipped across the net for an easy score for LaRose to give the Hurricanes a 4-2 lead at 2:11 of the third period.
Pitkanen scored his first of the season at 7:05 of the third to cap the scoring.
Notes: Staal needs one goal to match Geoff Sanderson(notes) (196) for fifth in franchise history. … Sharks C Joe Thornton(notes) recorded an assist and has at least a point in each of his first four games.