Hurricanes storm back to top Sharks
By The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Elias Lindholm had a goal and two assists to lift the Hurricanes to a 5-3 victory over the Sharks on Friday night.
Jordan Staal, Eric Staal, Riley Nash and Jay Harrison had Carolina's other goals.
Cam Ward made 22 saves for the Hurricanes in his return to the lineup after sitting out Carolina's previous two games.
The Hurricanes have won three games in a row.
Justin Braun, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tommy Wingels scored for the Sharks.
Joe Thornton extended his point streak to eight games with an assist in the first period.
Backup goalie Alex Stalock made 30 saves and San Jose lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.
Lindholm's go-ahead goal came on a deflection on Andrej Sekera's wrist shot.
Lindholm knocked it through Stalock's legs after Sekera skated around the perimeter with six minutes left in the third.
Blue Jackets 4, Wild 0 — In Columbus, Ohio, Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner and R.J. Umberger scored, and Curtis McElhinney posted his first shutout since 2011 in leading Columbus.
It was the Blue Jackets' second straight win, the first time they've won back-to-back games since October.
They did it in their first game without last year's Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky, who will miss about a month with a strained groin.
McElhinney made 20 saves in his first shutout since Feb. 5, 2011, while he was with Anaheim.
Foligno and Umberger, a Plum native, also had assists, and Ryan Johansen added two assists.
Red Wings 3, Devils 1 — In Newark, N.J., Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar scored third-period goals for Detroit.
Joakim Andersson also scored, and Jonas Gustavsson made 10 saves for Detroit, which has won five of six.
Cory Schneider made 18 saves for New Jersey, which has lost three in a row.
Andy Greene scored for the Devils.
Ducks 3, Blackhawks 2 (SO) — In Chicago, Nick Bonino and Kyle Palmieri scored in the shootout to help Anaheim beat Chicago, sending the defending Stanley Cup champions to their third consecutive loss.
Bonino matched Jonathan Toews' goal in the first round of the tiebreaker, and Palmieri beat Antti Raanta with a backhand after Jonas Hiller stopped Patrick Sharp at the other end.
Hiller then made another save on Patrick Kane to give Anaheim the win after it lost its previous two games in a shootout.
Avalanche 3, Flames 2 — In Calgary, Alberta, Maxime Talbot scored the tying goal and set up the go-ahead score 54 seconds later in the second period.
Colorado tied the game 1-1 by capitalizing on a mistake by Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo, who had played superb until that point.
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