SAN JOSE, Calif. – Timo Meier's return to San Jose's schedule gave the Sharks the boost they needed after a tough trip.
Meier had a goal and two assists in his first game back from an injury, Martin Jones made 39 saves and the Sharks responded to a shuffle of duties for their assistant coaches by beating Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 on Wednesday night .
"It was great," Meier said. "You do not want to be left out playing games with an injury." It was important for me to stay healthy, obviously, and I was very excited to continue playing, I had a lot of energy today and we played a great game overall. "
Barclay Goodrow and Tomas Hertl started San Jose with goals in the first period, captain Joe Pavelski added his 18th team leader in the second period and Marcus Sorensen scored in the third to give the Sharks a convincing win.
Lucas Wallmark scored in the Hurricanes' power play, which scored just five goals in the last five games, losing four of them. Curtis McElhinney made 18 saves.
"We had a lot like that, that's the problem," said coach Rod Brind & Amour. "We played well enough to win and we do not have any result.It's a tough year for this.It was a 5-1 game and you think" Wow, this is a terrible game, I did not see it that way. Maybe I'm wrong, I have to look again, but I certainly do not feel that way. "
The Sharks had beaten the 20-7 in losing the first four games on their recent trip before regaining a bit with a 3-1 victory in Montreal. Coach Peter DeBoer shuffled his assistants a little, taking Dave Barr to the bench to work with the attackers, making Rob Zettler the "eye in the sky", and making Steve Spott pass from the front to the defense.
"After a trip like that, you have to look in the mirror," said Justin Braun. "You can not look at other guys. You have to figure out what you need to do to help the team win."
They made it as a team and took advantage of the Montreal moment against the Hurricanes, with Kevin Labanc scoring two goals in the first 10:10 and Jones stopping 17 shots in the first.
Labanc suffered a bad bounce on the boards to feed Goodrow ahead to open the scoring and then made a perfect pass from the boards that deviate from Hertl's stick to a power goal in the middle of the first.
The San Jose opened a 2-0 lead for Carolina earlier this season, losing 4-3 in a shot. But the Sharks managed to build that advantage in the second. Meier unseated the goal of Radim Simek, passing by McElhinney for his 14th goal of the season. Meier had lost all three previous games with a lesion in the upper body.
"He's been there for us, he's solid for us most of the year," Pavelski said. "For him to come back, he brings that speed in. He plays a good amount of minutes and fills certain situations, be it a power game, 5 against 5. So that definitely gave us a little boost."
Meier added an assist to the goal of Pavelski, who came when a center pass was deflected by Jordan Staal from Carolina to his own net.
"It's hard to sit here and say what we need to do and not sound like I'm hitting on us," said defender Justin Faulk. "That's how it happens, you look at some of their goals, they're throwing garbage in the net, hitting a stick, coming out of a body … I do not know."
The hurricanes got the power goal at the end of the second but it was not enough with Sorensen adding the insurance goal in the third out of a Meier pass.
GRADES: Joe Thornton made three assists for San Jose, leaving him to tie Marcel Dionne to 10th for 1040 with 1040. … Staal left the game in the third with an upper body injury. … Simek had his first career spot with assistance in Meier's goal. … Hurricanes D Brett Pesce returned after missing nine games with a lower body injury.
Carolina: Visit Anaheim on Friday.
San Jose: Visit Dallas on Friday.