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Preview: Hurricanes at Sharks

Canes head to San Jose to close out third back-to-back set of season

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

SAN JOSE - The second port of call on the Carolina Hurricanes' three-game journey through California brings them to San Jose for a Wednesday night match-up against the Sharks.

The Hurricanes began the trip by grinding out a 2-0 victory in Los Angeles on Tuesday to improve to a league-leading 6-1-0.

Rebounding in LA

The Hurricanes saw their season-opening five-game winning streak halted by the Columbus Blue Jackets over the weekend, but it didn't take the Canes long to get back in the win column.

Backed by a 31-save shutout from Petr Mrazek and Martin Necas' first career game-winning goal, the Canes Czech-mated the Kings in a 2-0 win on Tuesday. The victory improved the Canes to a perfect 3-0-0 on the road this season.

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"We're finding ways to win, and we've done it different ways, which is good," said Jordan Staal, who played in his 900th career NHL game on Tuesday. "A night like tonight wasn't a free-for-all back and forth; it was a dig in kind of thing. We didn't do that against Columbus, and I thought tonight we did a better job of sticking with that game and style."
 
Necas Stays Hot

Necas' goal in Los Angeles, a snipe in the slot off a beauty of a backhand dish from Ryan Dzingel from behind the net, extended the Czech forward's point streak to four games (1g, 3a). Necas, 20, has totaled five points (2g, 3a) in seven games to begin the season.

Video: CAR@LAK: Dzingel sets up Necas with pretty feed

"The skill level is there," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "Now, it's just the understanding of the game, especially away from the puck., which he's gotten better at. I think he's going to keep getting better and better."

The Opposition

The San Jose Sharks are in the midst of a three-game homestand after playing four of their first five games of the regular season on the road. The Sharks dropped four straight to begin the season but have since won two in a row. A spark plug in those two victories was the return of longtime Shark Patrick Marleau, who signed a one-year deal with San Jose a week ago. Marleau, who spent the last two seasons with the Maple Leafs, was involved in a summer trade that also sent a first-round draft pick from Toronto to Carolina; the Hurricanes then subsequently bought out the veteran forward. Marleau netted two goals in his first game back with San Jose and added an assist in his first game back at the Shark Tank.


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